Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Shasta Dam Fish Passage Evaluation, California, 27522-27524 [2017-12398]

Download as PDF 27522 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 114 / Thursday, June 15, 2017 / Notices necessity of this information collection for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (hours and cost) of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Ways we could enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) Ways we could minimize the burden of the collection of the information on the respondents. Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and an individual need not respond to, a collection of information unless it has a valid OMB Control Number. It is our policy to make all comments available to the public for review at the location listed in the ADDRESSES section. Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Respondents: Indian Tribes and Tribal energy resource development organizations under 25 U.S.C. 3502. Number of Respondents: 27 per year, on average; 13 project participants each year, on average. Frequency of Response: Once per year for applications; 4 times per year for progress reports. Estimated Time per Response: 40 hours per application; 1.5 hours per progress report. Obligation to Respond: Response is required to obtain a benefit. Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 1,158 hours (1,080 for applications and 78 for progress reports). Estimated Total Annual Non-Hour Dollar Cost: $0. Authority The authorities for this action are the Energy Policy Act of 2005, 25 U.S.C. 3502, and the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Carolyn Bragg, (916) 414–2433, fax (916) 414–2439, or email cbragg@usbr.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2017–12444 Filed 6–14–17; 8:45 am] I. Agencies Involved BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES Bureau of Reclamation OMB Control Number: 1076–0177. Title: Tribal Energy Development Capacity Program Grants. Brief Description of Collection: Indian Tribes and Tribal energy resource development organizations that would like to apply for TEDC funding must submit an application that includes certain information. A complete application must contain a formal signed resolution of the governing body of the Tribe or Tribal energy resource development organization, a proposal describing the planned activities and deliverable products; and a detailed budget estimate, including contracted personnel costs, travel estimates, data collection and analysis costs, and other expenses. The IEED requires this information to ensure that it provides funding only to those projects that meet the goals of the TEDC program and purposes for which Congress provides the appropriation. Upon acceptance of an application, the successful applicant must then submit one- to two-page progress reports twice during the grant period summarizing events, accomplishments, problems and/or results in executing the project. Type of Review: Extension without change of currently approved collection. [RR02800000, 17XR0680A3, RX178689471000000] 14:10 Jun 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth K. Appel, Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs and Collaborative Action—Indian Affairs. III. Data VerDate Sep<11>2014 Oral and written comments will also be accepted during two scoping meetings held to solicit public input on alternatives, concerns, and issues to be addressed in the EIS: 1. Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 2–4 p.m., Sacramento, CA. 2. Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6–8 p.m., Lakehead, CA. ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Carolyn Bragg, Natural Resources Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, BayDelta Office, 801 I Street, Suite 140, Sacramento, CA 95814–2536; fax to (916) 414–2439; or email at cbragg@ usbr.gov. The scoping meetings will be held at the following locations: 1. Sacramento—Federal Building, Cafeteria Room C–1001, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. 2. Lakehead—Lakehead Lions Club, 20814 Mammoth Drive, Lakehead, CA 96051. Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Shasta Dam Fish Passage Evaluation, California Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent and scoping meetings. AGENCY: The Bureau of Reclamation intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Shasta Dam Fish Passage Evaluation. The document will evaluate the program that will be used to implement the nearterm actions identified under Action V in the National Marine Fisheries Service’s 2009 Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion on the Long-Term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project Reasonable and Prudent Alternative. This EIS will evaluate the near-term actions of reintroducing Federally-listed endangered winter-run Chinook salmon and potentially spring-run Chinook salmon to historical habitats. DATES: Submit written comments on the scope of the EIS on or before July 21, 2017. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) will invite the following agencies to participate as cooperating agencies for the preparation of the EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Water Resources, California State Water Resources Control Board, Shasta County, Siskiyou County, and additional Federal and State agencies with jurisdiction in the project area. II. Why We Are Taking This Action The National Marine Fisheries Service’s 2009 Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion on the Long-term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project (NMFS BO) concluded that the continued operation of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project were likely to jeopardize the continued existence of four anadromous species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act: Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), California Central Valley steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), and the Southern Distinct Population Segment of North American green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). The NMFS BO sets forth a Reasonable and Prudent E:\FR\FM\15JNN1.SGM 15JNN1 pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 114 / Thursday, June 15, 2017 / Notices Alternative (RPA) that if implemented, will allow the Central Valley Project and State Water Project to operate in compliance with the Endangered Species Act. RPA Action V includes an evaluation of the potential reintroduction of Federally-listed Chinook salmon and steelhead to historical habitats. Shasta Dam Fish Passage Evaluation (SDFPE) is an effort to determine the feasibility of reintroducing winter-run and spring-run Chinook salmon and steelhead to tributaries above Shasta Dam. The SDFPE is separated into near-term and long-term actions. As part of the requirements of the RPA, Reclamation, in coordination with the Interagency Fish Passage Steering Committee, is developing the Pilot Program as an adaptive management process to evaluate the near-term reintroduction of Chinook salmon into historical habitat above Shasta Dam. Reclamation is focusing the initial near-term goals of re-introducing winter-run and potentially spring-run Chinook salmon upstream of Shasta Dam as the location based on: a) the imperiled status of winter-run Chinook salmon and the resulting urgency to move these fish back into their historical habitats as a means of reducing extinction risk; and b) the good habitat conditions. NMFS requires the use of Federally-listed Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, either from the wild in the Sacramento River and/ or the Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery conservation program in order to meet the goals of RPA Action V. Reclamation has prepared a Draft Pilot Implementation Plan and an unpublished Preliminary Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed action, which can be found at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/ BayDeltaOffice/shasta-dam-fishpass.html. The initial analysis conducted indicated uncertainties associated with the resources analyzed. Given these uncertainties, Reclamation has decided to prepare an EIS. If the near-term actions indicate that longterm fish passage of listed salmonids is feasible and practical to implement, then in accordance with RPA Action V, Reclamation will develop and implement a Long-Term Fish Passage Program, which would require additional environmental documentation. III. Purpose and Need for Action The range of Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon has been reduced by Keswick and Shasta dams on the Sacramento River and by hydroelectric dam development on VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:10 Jun 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 Battle Creek. Currently, Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon spawning is limited to the mainstem Sacramento River downstream of Shasta and Keswick dams where the naturallyspawning population is maintained by cool water releases from the dams. Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon spawning occurs primarily in other Sacramento River tributaries. The need for the proposed action arises from projections of increased incidences of temperature related impacts to listed anadromous fish, and their resulting vulnerability below Shasta Dam. The purpose of the proposed action is to evaluate the feasibility of establishing self-sustaining populations of listed anadromous fish above Shasta Lake. The Pilot Program seeks to do this by evaluating various aspects of reintroduction including the biological and technological challenges. IV. Project Area The project area includes Shasta Lake, the Sacramento River from Shasta Lake upstream to Box Canyon Dam, and the McCloud River from Shasta Lake upstream to McCloud Dam. The project area is within Shasta and Siskiyou Counties. V. Alternatives To Be Considered The Preliminary Draft Environmental Assessment included analysis of reasonable alternatives that could potentially be considered to meet the purpose and need of the proposed nearterm actions of this EIS under Action V for the reintroduction of Federally-listed Chinook salmon to historical habitats. A habitat assessment was conducted of the mainstem reaches of the Upper Sacramento River and McCloud River as part of the development of the Pilot Implementation Plan. The assessment found good habitat conditions in both watersheds. The Pilot Program includes multiple pilot studies intended to be conducted on a short-term basis to answer questions regarding feasibility of a Long-term Fish Passage Program. The Preliminary Draft Environmental Assessment included analysis of two alternatives; introduction of Federallylisted endangered winter-run Chinook salmon and potentially spring-run Chinook salmon to the Upper Sacramento River and McCloud River in different years and the introduction of Federally-listed endangered winter-run Chinook salmon and potentially springrun Chinook salmon to both the Upper Sacramento River and the McCloud River at the same time. Additional alternatives may be identified during the scoping process, and potential environmental effects of these PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27523 alternatives will be evaluated in this EIS. The results of the proposed action will facilitate a determination by the Interagency Fish Passage Steering Committee as to whether it is feasible or practical to implement a full-scale and long-term reintroduction of listed anadromous fish in the watershed above Shasta Lake. VI. Statutory Authority National Marine Fisheries Service’s 2009 Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion on the Long-Term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project RPA Action V obligates the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, to evaluate the feasibility for the reintroduction of winter-run and spring-run Chinook salmon and steelhead upstream of Shasta, Folsom and New Melones dams. NEPA [42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.] requires that Federal agencies conduct an environmental analysis of their proposed actions to determine if the actions may significantly affect the human environment. As required by NEPA, Reclamation will analyze in the EIS the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental effects that may result from implementation of the proposed action and alternatives, which may include, but are not limited to, the following areas of potential impact: Surface Water Resources, Hazardous Materials, Fisheries and Aquatic Species, Wildlife, Botanical Resources, Visual, Scenic, or Aesthetic Resources, Air Quality, Noise, Transportation, Public Services, and Utilities, Recreation, Cultural Resources, Socioeconomics, Environmental Justice, Indian Trust Assets and Indian Sacred Sites, Global climate change/greenhouse gas emissions. VII. Request for Comments The purposes of this notice are: • To advise other agencies, potentially affected local governments, tribes, and the public of our intention to gather information to support the preparation of an EIS; • To obtain suggestions and information from other agencies, interested parties, and the public on the scope of alternatives and issues to be addressed in the EIS; and. • To identify important issues raised by the public related to the development and implementation of the proposed action. We invite written comments from interested parties to ensure that the full range of alternatives and issues related to the development of the proposed action are identified. Written comments may be submitted by mail, electronic E:\FR\FM\15JNN1.SGM 15JNN1 27524 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 114 / Thursday, June 15, 2017 / Notices mail, facsimile transmission or in person listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Comments and participation in the scoping process are encouraged. VIII. Public Disclosure Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. IX. How To Request Reasonable Accommodation If special assistance is required at one of the scoping meetings, please contact Carolyn Bragg at the information provided in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice, or (TTY) 800–877–8339, at least five working days before the meetings. Information regarding this proposed action is available in alternative formats upon request. Dated: June 9, 2017. Pablo R. Arroyave, Deputy Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Region. [FR Doc. 2017–12398 Filed 6–14–17; 8:45 am] INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–578 and 731– TA–1368 (Preliminary)] pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES 100- to 150-Seat Large Civil Aircraft From Canada; Determinations On the basis of the record 1 developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (‘‘the Act’’), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of 100- to 150-seat large civil aircraft from Canada, provided for in subheading 8802.40.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (‘‘LTFV’’) and to be subsidized by the government of Canada. 1 The record is defined in sec. 207.2(f) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)). 14:10 Jun 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 Pursuant to section 207.18 of the Commission’s rules, the Commission also gives notice of the commencement of the final phase of its investigations. The Commission will issue a final phase notice of scheduling, which will be published in the Federal Register as provided in section 207.21 of the Commission’s rules, upon notice from the Department of Commerce (‘‘Commerce’’) of affirmative preliminary determinations in the investigations under sections 703(b) or 733(b) of the Act, or, if the preliminary determinations are negative, upon notice of affirmative final determinations in those investigations under sections 705(a) or 735(a) of the Act. Parties that filed entries of appearance in the preliminary phase of the investigations need not enter a separate appearance for the final phase of the investigations. Industrial users, and, if the merchandise under investigation is sold at the retail level, representative consumer organizations have the right to appear as parties in Commission antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. The Secretary will prepare a public service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the investigations. Background BILLING CODE 4332–90–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 Commencement of Final Phase Investigations On April 27, 2017, The Boeing Company, Chicago, Illinois filed a petition with the Commission and Commerce, alleging that an industry in the United States is threatened with material injury by reason of LTFV and subsidized imports of 100- to 150-seat large civil aircraft from Canada. Accordingly, effective April 27, 2017, the Commission, pursuant to sections 703(a) and 733(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)), instituted countervailing duty investigation No. 701–TA–578 and antidumping duty investigation No. 731–TA–1368 (Preliminary). Notice of the institution of the Commission’s investigations and of a public conference to be held in connection therewith was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register of May 3, 2017 (82 FR 20634). The conference was held in Washington, DC, on May 18, 2017, and all persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to appear in person or by counsel. PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Commission made these determinations pursuant to sections 703(a) and 733(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)). It completed and filed its determinations in these investigations on June 12, 2017. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 4702 (June 2017), entitled 100- to 150-Seat Large Civil Aircraft from Canada: Investigation Nos. 701–TA–578 and 731–TA–1368 (Preliminary). By order of the Commission. Issued: June 12, 2017. Lisa R. Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2017–12436 Filed 6–14–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 337–TA–1001] Certain Digital Video Receivers and Hardware and Software Components Thereof Notice of Request for Statements on the Public Interest U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the presiding administrative law judge (‘‘ALJ’’) has issued a recommended determination on remedy and bonding in the above-captioned investigation. The Commission is soliciting submissions from the public on any public interest issues raised by the recommended relief. The ALJ recommended that a limited exclusion order issue against certain digital video receivers and hardware and software components thereof imported by the respondents. The respondents are Comcast Corporation of Philadelphia, PA; Comcast Cable Communications, LLC of Philadelphia, PA; Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC of Philadelphia, PA; Comcast Business Communications, LLC of Philadelphia, PA; Comcast Holdings Corporation of Philadelphia, PA; Comcast Shared Services, LLC of Chicago, IL; Technicolor SA of Issy-les-Moulineaux, France; Technicolor USA, Inc. of Indianapolis, IN; Technicolor Connected Home USA LLC of Indianapolis, IN; Pace Ltd. of Saltaire, England; Pace Americas, LLC of Boca Raton, FL; Arris International plc of Suwanee, GA; Arris Group Inc. of Suwanee, GA; Arris Technology, Inc. of Horsham, PA; Arris Enterprises Inc. of Suwanee, GA; and Arris Solutions, Inc. of Suwanee, GA. The ALJ also SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15JNN1.SGM 15JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation

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Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Shasta Dam Fish Passage 
Evaluation, California

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent and scoping meetings.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation intends to prepare an Environmental 
Impact Statement (EIS) for the Shasta Dam Fish Passage Evaluation. The 
document will evaluate the program that will be used to implement the 
near-term actions identified under Action V in the National Marine 
Fisheries Service's 2009 Biological Opinion and Conference Opinion on 
the Long-Term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water 
Project Reasonable and Prudent Alternative. This EIS will evaluate the 
near-term actions of reintroducing Federally-listed endangered winter-
run Chinook salmon and potentially spring-run Chinook salmon to 
historical habitats.

DATES: Submit written comments on the scope of the EIS on or before 
July 21, 2017.
    Oral and written comments will also be accepted during two scoping 
meetings held to solicit public input on alternatives, concerns, and 
issues to be addressed in the EIS:
    1. Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 2-4 p.m., Sacramento, CA.
    2. Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6-8 p.m., Lakehead, CA.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Carolyn Bragg, Natural Resources 
Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, Bay-Delta Office, 801 I Street, 
Suite 140, Sacramento, CA 95814-2536; fax to (916) 414-2439; or email 
at cbragg@usbr.gov.
    The scoping meetings will be held at the following locations:
    1. Sacramento--Federal Building, Cafeteria Room C-1001, 2800 
Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825.
    2. Lakehead--Lakehead Lions Club, 20814 Mammoth Drive, Lakehead, CA 
96051.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carolyn Bragg, (916) 414-2433, fax 
(916) 414-2439, or email cbragg@usbr.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Agencies Involved

    The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) will invite the following 
agencies to participate as cooperating agencies for the preparation of 
the EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA): National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Fish and 
Wildlife, California Department of Water Resources, California State 
Water Resources Control Board, Shasta County, Siskiyou County, and 
additional Federal and State agencies with jurisdiction in the project 
area.

II. Why We Are Taking This Action

    The National Marine Fisheries Service's 2009 Biological Opinion and 
Conference Opinion on the Long-term Operation of the Central Valley 
Project and State Water Project (NMFS BO) concluded that the continued 
operation of the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project 
were likely to jeopardize the continued existence of four anadromous 
species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act: Sacramento 
River winter-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), Central 
Valley spring-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), California 
Central Valley steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), and the Southern 
Distinct Population Segment of North American green sturgeon (Acipenser 
medirostris). The NMFS BO sets forth a Reasonable and Prudent

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Alternative (RPA) that if implemented, will allow the Central Valley 
Project and State Water Project to operate in compliance with the 
Endangered Species Act.
    RPA Action V includes an evaluation of the potential reintroduction 
of Federally-listed Chinook salmon and steelhead to historical 
habitats. Shasta Dam Fish Passage Evaluation (SDFPE) is an effort to 
determine the feasibility of reintroducing winter-run and spring-run 
Chinook salmon and steelhead to tributaries above Shasta Dam. The SDFPE 
is separated into near-term and long-term actions. As part of the 
requirements of the RPA, Reclamation, in coordination with the 
Interagency Fish Passage Steering Committee, is developing the Pilot 
Program as an adaptive management process to evaluate the near-term 
reintroduction of Chinook salmon into historical habitat above Shasta 
Dam.
    Reclamation is focusing the initial near-term goals of re-
introducing winter-run and potentially spring-run Chinook salmon 
upstream of Shasta Dam as the location based on: a) the imperiled 
status of winter-run Chinook salmon and the resulting urgency to move 
these fish back into their historical habitats as a means of reducing 
extinction risk; and b) the good habitat conditions. NMFS requires the 
use of Federally-listed Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, 
either from the wild in the Sacramento River and/or the Livingston 
Stone National Fish Hatchery conservation program in order to meet the 
goals of RPA Action V.
    Reclamation has prepared a Draft Pilot Implementation Plan and an 
unpublished Preliminary Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed 
action, which can be found at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/BayDeltaOffice/shasta-dam-fish-pass.html. The initial analysis conducted indicated 
uncertainties associated with the resources analyzed. Given these 
uncertainties, Reclamation has decided to prepare an EIS. If the near-
term actions indicate that long-term fish passage of listed salmonids 
is feasible and practical to implement, then in accordance with RPA 
Action V, Reclamation will develop and implement a Long-Term Fish 
Passage Program, which would require additional environmental 
documentation.

III. Purpose and Need for Action

    The range of Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon has been 
reduced by Keswick and Shasta dams on the Sacramento River and by 
hydroelectric dam development on Battle Creek. Currently, Sacramento 
River winter-run Chinook salmon spawning is limited to the mainstem 
Sacramento River downstream of Shasta and Keswick dams where the 
naturally-spawning population is maintained by cool water releases from 
the dams. Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon spawning occurs 
primarily in other Sacramento River tributaries. The need for the 
proposed action arises from projections of increased incidences of 
temperature related impacts to listed anadromous fish, and their 
resulting vulnerability below Shasta Dam. The purpose of the proposed 
action is to evaluate the feasibility of establishing self-sustaining 
populations of listed anadromous fish above Shasta Lake. The Pilot 
Program seeks to do this by evaluating various aspects of 
reintroduction including the biological and technological challenges.

IV. Project Area

    The project area includes Shasta Lake, the Sacramento River from 
Shasta Lake upstream to Box Canyon Dam, and the McCloud River from 
Shasta Lake upstream to McCloud Dam. The project area is within Shasta 
and Siskiyou Counties.

V. Alternatives To Be Considered

    The Preliminary Draft Environmental Assessment included analysis of 
reasonable alternatives that could potentially be considered to meet 
the purpose and need of the proposed near-term actions of this EIS 
under Action V for the reintroduction of Federally-listed Chinook 
salmon to historical habitats. A habitat assessment was conducted of 
the mainstem reaches of the Upper Sacramento River and McCloud River as 
part of the development of the Pilot Implementation Plan. The 
assessment found good habitat conditions in both watersheds. The Pilot 
Program includes multiple pilot studies intended to be conducted on a 
short-term basis to answer questions regarding feasibility of a Long-
term Fish Passage Program. The Preliminary Draft Environmental 
Assessment included analysis of two alternatives; introduction of 
Federally-listed endangered winter-run Chinook salmon and potentially 
spring-run Chinook salmon to the Upper Sacramento River and McCloud 
River in different years and the introduction of Federally-listed 
endangered winter-run Chinook salmon and potentially spring-run Chinook 
salmon to both the Upper Sacramento River and the McCloud River at the 
same time. Additional alternatives may be identified during the scoping 
process, and potential environmental effects of these alternatives will 
be evaluated in this EIS. The results of the proposed action will 
facilitate a determination by the Interagency Fish Passage Steering 
Committee as to whether it is feasible or practical to implement a 
full-scale and long-term reintroduction of listed anadromous fish in 
the watershed above Shasta Lake.

VI. Statutory Authority

    National Marine Fisheries Service's 2009 Biological Opinion and 
Conference Opinion on the Long-Term Operation of the Central Valley 
Project and State Water Project RPA Action V obligates the U.S. 
Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, to evaluate the 
feasibility for the reintroduction of winter-run and spring-run Chinook 
salmon and steelhead upstream of Shasta, Folsom and New Melones dams. 
NEPA [42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.] requires that Federal agencies conduct an 
environmental analysis of their proposed actions to determine if the 
actions may significantly affect the human environment. As required by 
NEPA, Reclamation will analyze in the EIS the potential direct, 
indirect, and cumulative environmental effects that may result from 
implementation of the proposed action and alternatives, which may 
include, but are not limited to, the following areas of potential 
impact: Surface Water Resources, Hazardous Materials, Fisheries and 
Aquatic Species, Wildlife, Botanical Resources, Visual, Scenic, or 
Aesthetic Resources, Air Quality, Noise, Transportation, Public 
Services, and Utilities, Recreation, Cultural Resources, 
Socioeconomics, Environmental Justice, Indian Trust Assets and Indian 
Sacred Sites, Global climate change/greenhouse gas emissions.

VII. Request for Comments

    The purposes of this notice are:
     To advise other agencies, potentially affected local 
governments, tribes, and the public of our intention to gather 
information to support the preparation of an EIS;
     To obtain suggestions and information from other agencies, 
interested parties, and the public on the scope of alternatives and 
issues to be addressed in the EIS; and.
     To identify important issues raised by the public related 
to the development and implementation of the proposed action.
    We invite written comments from interested parties to ensure that 
the full range of alternatives and issues related to the development of 
the proposed action are identified. Written comments may be submitted 
by mail, electronic

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mail, facsimile transmission or in person listed in the ADDRESSES 
section of this notice. Comments and participation in the scoping 
process are encouraged.

VIII. Public Disclosure

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

IX. How To Request Reasonable Accommodation

    If special assistance is required at one of the scoping meetings, 
please contact Carolyn Bragg at the information provided in the FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice, or (TTY) 800-877-
8339, at least five working days before the meetings. Information 
regarding this proposed action is available in alternative formats upon 
request.

    Dated: June 9, 2017.
 Pablo R. Arroyave,
Deputy Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Region.
[FR Doc. 2017-12398 Filed 6-14-17; 8:45 am]
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