Notice of Availability for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, 1626-1628 [2018-00427]

Download as PDF 1626 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 9 / Friday, January 12, 2018 / Notices of the meeting will be posted on the website after the meeting. for the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System. Registration To Attend the Meeting DATES: Attendees can register online before the start of the meeting, or on site at the registration desk. Registration details will be announced on the task force website at www.coralreef.gov. Public Comments Comments may address the meeting, the role of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, or general coral reef conservation issues. Advance public comments should be submitted by January 29, 2018. Copies of comments given at the meeting can be submitted afterwards in writing to Liza Johnson by email, fax, or mail (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) by March 30, 2018. Public Availability of Comments 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. Shawn Buckner, Acting Director, Office of Policy Analysis, U.S. Department of the Interior. [FR Doc. 2018–00398 Filed 1–11–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4334–63–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [RR04310000, XXXR0680G1, RA202240000019200] Notice of Availability for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System, Santa Fe County, New Mexico Office of the Assistant Secretary—Water and Science, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: The Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation, announces the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System, as authorized by the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act. The FEIS responds to comments received on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement during the comment period that ended on February 27, 2017, and identifies Alternative E as the preferred alternative sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jan 11, 2018 Jkt 244001 The Department of the Interior will complete a Record of Decision identifying the actions that will be implemented no sooner than 30 days after publication of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. The FEIS is available for viewing on the following websites: http://www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/ eis.html or www.pojoaquebasineis.com. Compact disc copies may be obtained by contacting Ms. Sarah Branum, Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102; or via email to pojoaquebasineis@usbr.gov. Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for additional locations where the FEIS is available. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sarah Branum, Environmental Project Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, sbranum@usbr.gov, (505) 462–3591. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above-named individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) prepared the FEIS in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Indian Health Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pueblo de San Ildefonso, ´ Pueblo of Nambe, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico Department of Transportation, Santa Fe County, and the City of Santa Fe. The FEIS has been updated according to public comments received during the 45-day Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) public review period (January 13–February 27, 2017) and other project updates. A summary of changes between the DEIS and FEIS is included in Chapter 1 of the FEIS. Background: The Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System (RWS) is described in and authorized by the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act (Title VI of the Claims Resolution Act of 2010; Public Law 111–291, Title VI; 124 Stat. 3065) (‘‘Settlement Act’’). The Settlement Act authorizes and ratifies the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Agreement (Settlement Agreement), dated January 19, 2006, as conformed to ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the Settlement Act and amendments. The settlement parties are the United States; the State of New Mexico; Santa Fe County; City of Santa Fe; Pueblo de ´ San Ildefonso, Pueblo of Nambe, Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of Tesuque (Settlement Pueblos); and other individuals. The Settlement Agreement resolves the water rights claims of the Settlement Pueblos. Among other provisions, the RWS and 2,220 acre-feet per year of new water supply to the basin are included in the Settlement Agreement in exchange for the Pueblos agreeing to reduce their claims to water within the basin and to limit their priority calls against existing non-Pueblo water users. The Settlement Agreement also addresses funding for other water-related projects on the Settlement Pueblos. Proposed Federal Action: The Secretary of the Interior, through Reclamation, proposes to plan, design, and construct a regional water system in accordance with the Settlement Agreement, consisting of water diversion from the Rio Grande and water treatment facilities on the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, along with storage tanks and transmission and distribution pipelines that are necessary to supply up to 4,000 acre-feet of water annually to customers in the Pojoaque Basin. Purpose of and Need for the Proposed Federal Action: The purpose of the proposed action is to reliably provide a firm, safe supply of treated drinking water for distribution in the Pojoaque Basin, in compliance with the Settlement Act. The need for action is to reduce reliance on groundwater in the Pojoaque Basin and to allow the Settlement Pueblos to receive a portion of the water provided under the Settlement Act. The proposed action would also enable the Settlement Pueblos to use funding made available in the Settlement Act for certain waterrelated infrastructure improvements, if requested. This funding can be requested prior to substantial completion of the RWS and, if approved by the Secretary, used for water-related improvements that would be more cost effective when implemented in conjunction with RWS construction (Settlement Act, Section 615[d][7][A][ii]). The FEIS Analyzes Five Alternatives: The FEIS assesses the potential environmental effects of five alternatives for the RWS. These include the No Action Alternative (Alternative A), and four action alternatives (Alternatives B, C, D, and E) that vary in six main components or project elements: 1. Firm, reliable water supply. E:\FR\FM\12JAN1.SGM 12JAN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 9 / Friday, January 12, 2018 / Notices 2. Primary source water collection. 3. Water treatment. 4. Short-term storage. 5. Water transmission and distribution system, including pipelines, pumping plants, forebay tanks, and other associated facilities. 6. Electrical power service. Alternative A: The No Action Alternative: The No Action Alternative is the ‘‘no build’’ alternative. Under this alternative, the RWS would not be constructed, the Settlement Agreement would be nullified, and Aamodt litigation over water rights claims would likely resume. A firm, reliable water supply would not be provided to residents of the Pojoaque Basin. Under the No Action Alternative, the benefits of the proposed RWS would not be realized. Use of domestic wells would continue to reduce groundwater and surface water supplies in the Pojoaque Basin. The Pueblos would continue to rely on their existing separate water systems, rather than integrating their systems into one regional system. Alternative B: Alternative B incorporates the RWS facilities and components described in a 2008 Engineering Report prepared by HKM Engineering, Inc., as updated through surveys and public input. The HKM Engineering Report served as the preliminary RWS concept for the Settlement Act. Under this alternative, the RWS would consist of these components: 1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by diverting surface flows from the Rio Grande, supplemented by operational planning and scheduling of San Juan-Chama Project water supplies, as well as one of the following three backup aquifer storage and recovery water supply options: • Three deep injection and recovery wells for injecting raw or treated surface water into an aquifer and recovering it for use in the RWS; or • Three shallow injection and recovery wells for injecting raw or treated surface water into an aquifer and recovering it for use in the RWS; or • Three shallow passive infiltration reaches and recovery wells for infiltrating raw surface water into an aquifer and recovering it for use in the RWS. 2. A side-channel surface diversion structure and pumping plant with a sediment removal and return system on the east bank of the Rio Grande on Pueblo de San Ildefonso lands, just north of the Otowi Bridge. 3. A water treatment plant and pumping plant on the Pueblo de San Ildefonso on the south side of State VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jan 11, 2018 Jkt 244001 Highway 502, approximately 0.75 mile east of the Otowi Bridge. 4. Eleven new short-term storage tanks in addition to 13 existing storage tanks. 5. A water transmission and distribution system including approximately 194 miles of pipelines, seven pumping plants, and pressurereducing and flow-control valves. 6. Approximately 15 miles of new electrical distribution lines. Alternative C: Under this alternative, the RWS would consist of the following major components: 1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by collecting flows from beneath and adjacent to the Rio Grande (the hyporheic zone), supplemented by operational planning and scheduling of San Juan-Chama Project water supplies. 2. A parallel river interceptor drain in the alluvium to collect water from below the water table in the bosque on the east side of the Rio Grande north of the Otowi Bridge. 3. A water treatment plant on the eastern portion of the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, on the east side of County Road 101D, near the El Rancho power substation. 4. Eleven new short-term storage tanks in addition to 13 existing storage tanks. 5. A water transmission and distribution system including approximately 189 miles of pipelines, one surge tank, six pumping plants, and pressure-reducing and flow-control valves. 6. Approximately 7 miles of new electrical distribution lines supplemented by distributed solar generation. Alternative D: Under Alternative D, the RWS would consist of the following major components: 1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by collecting flows from the hyporheic zone of the Rio Grande, supplemented by operational planning and scheduling of San JuanChama Project water supplies. 2. An infiltration gallery (an estimated 180 horizontal drains to collect water from below the water table) on the east bank of the Rio Grande. 3. A water treatment plant on the eastern portion of the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, on the east side of County Road 101D, near the El Rancho power substation. 4. Sixteen new short-term storage tanks in addition to 13 existing tanks. 5. A water transmission and distribution system, including approximately 187 miles of pipelines, one surge tank, six pumping plants, and PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1627 pressure-reducing and flow-control valves. 6. Approximately 7 miles of new electrical distribution lines, with solarready facilities. Alternative E: Preferred Alternative: Under this alternative, the RWS would consist of the following major components: 1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by collecting flows from the hyporheic zone of the Rio Grande and supplementing it with operational planning and scheduling of San Juan-Chama Project water supplies; emergency use wells would allow water to be withdrawn during emergencies lasting longer than two days that cannot be supplied by short-term storage tanks. 2. Four horizontal radial well collectors to divert water from below the water table on the east bank of the Rio Grande. 3. A water treatment plant located on the west side of County Road 101D, north of State Highway 502. 4. Seven new short-term storage tanks, in addition to 14 existing storage tanks. 5. A water transmission and distribution system, including approximately 151 miles of pipelines, one surge tank, 6 pumping plants, and pressure-reducing and flow-control valves. 6. Approximately 7 miles of new overhead and buried electrical distribution lines, with solar-ready facilities. Connected Actions: The FEIS also includes analyses of three connected actions: (1) The Rio Pojoaque irrigation improvement project, (2) the Pueblo de San Ildefonso future projects which consist of wastewater system improvements and water distribution infrastructure, and (3) the Rio Tesuque channel modification project. Each of the connected actions have been analyzed in the FEIS to the extent that the details of the projects have been developed. Copies of the FEIS: The FEIS may be viewed at: • Natural Resources Library, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 20240–0001. • Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Region, Public Affairs Office, 125 South State Street, Room 8100, Salt Lake City, Utah 84138. • Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102. • Santa Fe County Pojoaque Satellite Office, 5 West Gutierrez, Suite 9, Pojoaque, New Mexico 87506 (in the Pojoaque Pueblo Plaza). E:\FR\FM\12JAN1.SGM 12JAN1 1628 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 9 / Friday, January 12, 2018 / Notices • Santa Fe Public Library, 145 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. • New Mexico State Library, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507. • Santa Fe Community College Library, 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508. Public Disclosure of Comments: Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any correspondence, you should be aware that your entire correspondence— including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you may ask us in your correspondence to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Dated: December 20, 2017. Andrea Travnicek, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Exercising the Authority of the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science. [FR Doc. 2018–00427 Filed 1–11–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4332–90–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [17X.LLID957000.L14400000.BJ0000.24 1A.4500117485] Filing of Plats of Survey: Idaho Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The plats of survey of the following described lands are scheduled to be officially filed in the Bureau of Land Management, Idaho State Office, Boise, Idaho, in 30 days from the date of this publication. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Boise Meridian, Idaho T. 11 N., R. 17 E., Section 25, accepted December 14, 2017 T. 13 N., R. 41 E., Sections 10, 11 and 12, accepted December 14, 2017 T. 8 N., R. 22 E., Section 5, accepted December 14, 2017 T. 20 N., R. 22 E., Section 6, accepted December 14, 2017 T. 16 N., R. 43 E., Section 33, accepted December 14, 2017 T. 7 N., R. 23 E., Section 3, accepted December 14, 2017 T. 9 S., R. 40 E., Section 1, accepted December 14, 2017 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jan 11, 2018 Jkt 244001 Timothy A. Quincy, (208) 373–3981 Branch of Cadastral Survey, Bureau of Land Management, 1387 South Vinnell Way, Boise, Idaho 83709–1657. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with Mr. Quincy. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. A person or party who wishes to protest one or more plats of survey identified above must file a written notice with the Chief Cadastral Surveyor for Idaho, Bureau of Land Management. The protest must identify the plat(s) of survey that the person or party wishes to protest and contain all reasons and evidence in support of the protest. The protest must be filed before the scheduled date of official filing for the plat(s) of survey being protested. Any protest filed after the scheduled date of official filing will be untimely and will not be considered. A protest is considered filed on the date it is received by the Chief Cadastral Surveyor for Idaho during regular business hours; if received after regular business hours, a protest will be considered filed the next business day. If a protest against a plat of survey is received prior to the scheduled date of official filing, the official filing of the plat of survey identified in the protest will be stayed pending consideration of the protest. A plat of survey will not be officially filed until the next business day following dismissal or resolution of all protests of the plat. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in a protest, you should be aware that the documents you submit, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available in their entirety at any time. While you can ask us to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Timothy A. Quincy, Chief Cadastral Surveyor for Idaho. [FR Doc. 2018–00459 Filed 1–11–18; 8:45 am] A copy of the plats may be obtained from the Public Room at the Bureau of Land Management, Idaho State Office, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise, Idaho 83709, upon required payment. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: BILLING CODE 4310–AK–P PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation [RR83570000, 189R5065C6, RX.59389832.1009676; OMB Control Number 1006–0028] Agency Information Collection Activities; Recreation Visitor Use Survey Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comments. 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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

[RR04310000, XXXR0680G1, RA202240000019200]


Notice of Availability for the Final Environmental Impact 
Statement for the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System, Santa Fe 
County, New Mexico

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary--Water and Science, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of 
Reclamation, announces the availability of the Final Environmental 
Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Pojoaque Basin Regional Water 
System, as authorized by the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act. The FEIS 
responds to comments received on the Draft Environmental Impact 
Statement during the comment period that ended on February 27, 2017, 
and identifies Alternative E as the preferred alternative for the 
Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System.

DATES: The Department of the Interior will complete a Record of 
Decision identifying the actions that will be implemented no sooner 
than 30 days after publication of the U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency's Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: The FEIS is available for viewing on the following websites: 
http://www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/eis.html or www.pojoaquebasineis.com. 
Compact disc copies may be obtained by contacting Ms. Sarah Branum, 
Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, 555 Broadway NE, Suite 
100, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102; or via email to 
[email protected]. Please see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section for additional locations where the FEIS is available.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sarah Branum, Environmental 
Project Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, [email protected], (505) 462-
3591. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call 
the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to 
contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is 
available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question 
with the above-named individual. You will receive a reply during normal 
business hours.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) 
prepared the FEIS in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, U.S. Indian Health Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, Pueblo de San Ildefonso, Pueblo of 
Namb[eacute], Pueblo of Pojoaque, Pueblo of Tesuque, New Mexico 
Department of Transportation, Santa Fe County, and the City of Santa 
Fe. The FEIS has been updated according to public comments received 
during the 45-day Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) public 
review period (January 13-February 27, 2017) and other project updates. 
A summary of changes between the DEIS and FEIS is included in Chapter 1 
of the FEIS.
    Background: The Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System (RWS) is 
described in and authorized by the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act 
(Title VI of the Claims Resolution Act of 2010; Public Law 111-291, 
Title VI; 124 Stat. 3065) (``Settlement Act''). The Settlement Act 
authorizes and ratifies the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Agreement 
(Settlement Agreement), dated January 19, 2006, as conformed to the 
Settlement Act and amendments. The settlement parties are the United 
States; the State of New Mexico; Santa Fe County; City of Santa Fe; 
Pueblo de San Ildefonso, Pueblo of Namb[eacute], Pueblo of Pojoaque, 
Pueblo of Tesuque (Settlement Pueblos); and other individuals. The 
Settlement Agreement resolves the water rights claims of the Settlement 
Pueblos.
    Among other provisions, the RWS and 2,220 acre-feet per year of new 
water supply to the basin are included in the Settlement Agreement in 
exchange for the Pueblos agreeing to reduce their claims to water 
within the basin and to limit their priority calls against existing 
non-Pueblo water users. The Settlement Agreement also addresses funding 
for other water-related projects on the Settlement Pueblos.
    Proposed Federal Action: The Secretary of the Interior, through 
Reclamation, proposes to plan, design, and construct a regional water 
system in accordance with the Settlement Agreement, consisting of water 
diversion from the Rio Grande and water treatment facilities on the 
Pueblo de San Ildefonso, along with storage tanks and transmission and 
distribution pipelines that are necessary to supply up to 4,000 acre-
feet of water annually to customers in the Pojoaque Basin.
    Purpose of and Need for the Proposed Federal Action: The purpose of 
the proposed action is to reliably provide a firm, safe supply of 
treated drinking water for distribution in the Pojoaque Basin, in 
compliance with the Settlement Act. The need for action is to reduce 
reliance on groundwater in the Pojoaque Basin and to allow the 
Settlement Pueblos to receive a portion of the water provided under the 
Settlement Act. The proposed action would also enable the Settlement 
Pueblos to use funding made available in the Settlement Act for certain 
water-related infrastructure improvements, if requested. This funding 
can be requested prior to substantial completion of the RWS and, if 
approved by the Secretary, used for water-related improvements that 
would be more cost effective when implemented in conjunction with RWS 
construction (Settlement Act, Section 615[d][7][A][ii]).
    The FEIS Analyzes Five Alternatives: The FEIS assesses the 
potential environmental effects of five alternatives for the RWS. These 
include the No Action Alternative (Alternative A), and four action 
alternatives (Alternatives B, C, D, and E) that vary in six main 
components or project elements:
    1. Firm, reliable water supply.

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    2. Primary source water collection.
    3. Water treatment.
    4. Short-term storage.
    5. Water transmission and distribution system, including pipelines, 
pumping plants, forebay tanks, and other associated facilities.
    6. Electrical power service.
    Alternative A: The No Action Alternative: The No Action Alternative 
is the ``no build'' alternative. Under this alternative, the RWS would 
not be constructed, the Settlement Agreement would be nullified, and 
Aamodt litigation over water rights claims would likely resume. A firm, 
reliable water supply would not be provided to residents of the 
Pojoaque Basin. Under the No Action Alternative, the benefits of the 
proposed RWS would not be realized. Use of domestic wells would 
continue to reduce groundwater and surface water supplies in the 
Pojoaque Basin. The Pueblos would continue to rely on their existing 
separate water systems, rather than integrating their systems into one 
regional system.
    Alternative B: Alternative B incorporates the RWS facilities and 
components described in a 2008 Engineering Report prepared by HKM 
Engineering, Inc., as updated through surveys and public input. The HKM 
Engineering Report served as the preliminary RWS concept for the 
Settlement Act. Under this alternative, the RWS would consist of these 
components:
    1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by diverting 
surface flows from the Rio Grande, supplemented by operational planning 
and scheduling of San Juan-Chama Project water supplies, as well as one 
of the following three backup aquifer storage and recovery water supply 
options:
     Three deep injection and recovery wells for injecting raw 
or treated surface water into an aquifer and recovering it for use in 
the RWS; or
     Three shallow injection and recovery wells for injecting 
raw or treated surface water into an aquifer and recovering it for use 
in the RWS; or
     Three shallow passive infiltration reaches and recovery 
wells for infiltrating raw surface water into an aquifer and recovering 
it for use in the RWS.
    2. A side-channel surface diversion structure and pumping plant 
with a sediment removal and return system on the east bank of the Rio 
Grande on Pueblo de San Ildefonso lands, just north of the Otowi 
Bridge.
    3. A water treatment plant and pumping plant on the Pueblo de San 
Ildefonso on the south side of State Highway 502, approximately 0.75 
mile east of the Otowi Bridge.
    4. Eleven new short-term storage tanks in addition to 13 existing 
storage tanks.
    5. A water transmission and distribution system including 
approximately 194 miles of pipelines, seven pumping plants, and 
pressure-reducing and flow-control valves.
    6. Approximately 15 miles of new electrical distribution lines.
    Alternative C: Under this alternative, the RWS would consist of the 
following major components:
    1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by collecting 
flows from beneath and adjacent to the Rio Grande (the hyporheic zone), 
supplemented by operational planning and scheduling of San Juan-Chama 
Project water supplies.
    2. A parallel river interceptor drain in the alluvium to collect 
water from below the water table in the bosque on the east side of the 
Rio Grande north of the Otowi Bridge.
    3. A water treatment plant on the eastern portion of the Pueblo de 
San Ildefonso, on the east side of County Road 101D, near the El Rancho 
power substation.
    4. Eleven new short-term storage tanks in addition to 13 existing 
storage tanks.
    5. A water transmission and distribution system including 
approximately 189 miles of pipelines, one surge tank, six pumping 
plants, and pressure-reducing and flow-control valves.
    6. Approximately 7 miles of new electrical distribution lines 
supplemented by distributed solar generation.
    Alternative D: Under Alternative D, the RWS would consist of the 
following major components:
    1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by collecting 
flows from the hyporheic zone of the Rio Grande, supplemented by 
operational planning and scheduling of San Juan-Chama Project water 
supplies.
    2. An infiltration gallery (an estimated 180 horizontal drains to 
collect water from below the water table) on the east bank of the Rio 
Grande.
    3. A water treatment plant on the eastern portion of the Pueblo de 
San Ildefonso, on the east side of County Road 101D, near the El Rancho 
power substation.
    4. Sixteen new short-term storage tanks in addition to 13 existing 
tanks.
    5. A water transmission and distribution system, including 
approximately 187 miles of pipelines, one surge tank, six pumping 
plants, and pressure-reducing and flow-control valves.
    6. Approximately 7 miles of new electrical distribution lines, with 
solar-ready facilities.
    Alternative E: Preferred Alternative: Under this alternative, the 
RWS would consist of the following major components:
    1. The firm, reliable water supply would be provided by collecting 
flows from the hyporheic zone of the Rio Grande and supplementing it 
with operational planning and scheduling of San Juan-Chama Project 
water supplies; emergency use wells would allow water to be withdrawn 
during emergencies lasting longer than two days that cannot be supplied 
by short-term storage tanks.
    2. Four horizontal radial well collectors to divert water from 
below the water table on the east bank of the Rio Grande.
    3. A water treatment plant located on the west side of County Road 
101D, north of State Highway 502.
    4. Seven new short-term storage tanks, in addition to 14 existing 
storage tanks.
    5. A water transmission and distribution system, including 
approximately 151 miles of pipelines, one surge tank, 6 pumping plants, 
and pressure-reducing and flow-control valves.
    6. Approximately 7 miles of new overhead and buried electrical 
distribution lines, with solar-ready facilities.
    Connected Actions: The FEIS also includes analyses of three 
connected actions: (1) The Rio Pojoaque irrigation improvement project, 
(2) the Pueblo de San Ildefonso future projects which consist of 
wastewater system improvements and water distribution infrastructure, 
and (3) the Rio Tesuque channel modification project. Each of the 
connected actions have been analyzed in the FEIS to the extent that the 
details of the projects have been developed.
    Copies of the FEIS: The FEIS may be viewed at:
     Natural Resources Library, U.S. Department of the 
Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Main Interior Building, Washington, DC 
20240-0001.
     Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Region, Public 
Affairs Office, 125 South State Street, Room 8100, Salt Lake City, Utah 
84138.
     Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque Area Office, 555 
Broadway NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102.
     Santa Fe County Pojoaque Satellite Office, 5 West 
Gutierrez, Suite 9, Pojoaque, New Mexico 87506 (in the Pojoaque Pueblo 
Plaza).

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     Santa Fe Public Library, 145 Washington Avenue, Santa Fe, 
New Mexico 87501.
     New Mexico State Library, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa 
Fe, New Mexico 87507.
     Santa Fe Community College Library, 6401 Richards Avenue, 
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508.
    Public Disclosure of Comments: Before including your address, phone 
number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any 
correspondence, you should be aware that your entire correspondence--
including your personal identifying information--may be made publicly 
available at any time. While you may ask us in your correspondence to 
withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we 
cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Dated: December 20, 2017.
Andrea Travnicek,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Exercising the 
Authority of the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science.
[FR Doc. 2018-00427 Filed 1-11-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4332-90-P