Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the City of Abilene, Texas, Cedar Ridge Reservoir Water Supply Project, 16061-16062 [2018-07303]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 72 / Friday, April 13, 2018 / Notices Description: CNCS seeks to renew the current information request with revisions to the survey administered in 2015 (OMB #3045–0170). Information will be collected from a nationally representative sample of AmeriCorps alumni who served in AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps State and National programs and completed their most recent term of service 2, 5, or 10 years ago. There are no revisions to the survey instrument. The information collection will administered in the same manner to ensure comparability with the initial responses. CNCS also seeks to continue using the current application until the revised application is approved by OMB. The current application is due to expire on 4/30/2018. Type of Review: Renewal. Agency: Corporation for National and Community Service. Title: AmeriCorps Alumni Outcome Study. OMB Number: #3045–0170. Agency Number: None. Affected Public: AmeriCorps Alumni who served during the period from 2008 until 2018. Total Respondents: 3150. Frequency: One time. Average Time per Response: 22 Minutes. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1155 Hours. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): None. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintenance): None. Dated: March 30, 2018. Mary Hyde, Director of Research and Evaluation. [FR Doc. 2018–07683 Filed 4–12–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6050–28–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulations System [Docket No. DARS–2018–0022] Acquisition of Items for Which Federal Prison Industries Has a Significant Market Share Department of Defense (DoD). Notice. AGENCY: daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES ACTION: DoD is publishing the updated annual list of product categories for which the Federal Prison Industries’ share of the DoD market is greater than five percent. DATES: Applicable Date: April 27, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Greg Snyder, telephone 703–614–0719. 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The Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP), issued a memorandum dated March 27, 2018, that provided the current list of product categories for which FPI’s share of the DoD market is greater than five percent based on fiscal year 2015 data from the Federal Procurement Data System. The product categories to be competed effective April 27, 2018, are the following: • 7125 (Cabinets, Lockers, Bins, and Shelving) • 7230 (Draperies, Awnings, and Shades) • 8405 (Outerwear, Men’s) • 8420 (Underwear and Nightwear, Mend’s) The DPAP memorandum with the current list of product categories for which FPI has a significant market share is posted at: http://www.acq.osd.mil/ dpap/cpic/cp/specific_policy_ areas.html#federal_prison. The statute, as implemented, also requires DoD to— (1) Include FPI in the solicitation process for these items. A timely offer from FPI must be considered and award procedures must be followed in accordance with existing policy at Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 8.602(a)(4)(ii) through (v); (2) Continue to conduct acquisitions, in accordance with FAR subpart 8.6, for items from product categories for which FPI does not have a significant market share. FAR 8.602 requires agencies to conduct market research and make a written comparability determination, at the discretion of the contracting officer. Competitive (or fair opportunity) procedures are appropriate if the FPI product is not comparable in terms of price, quality, or time of delivery; and (3) Modify the published list if DoD subsequently determines that new data PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16061 requires adding or omitting a product category from the list. Jennifer Lee Hawes, Regulatory Control Officer, Defense Acquisition Regulations System. [FR Doc. 2018–07715 Filed 4–12–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the City of Abilene, Texas, Cedar Ridge Reservoir Water Supply Project Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD. ACTION: Notice of intent. AGENCY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of a proposed water supply project, the Cedar Ridge Reservoir, proposed by the City of Abilene, TX. A Clean Water Act Section 404 permit would be required for the construction and operation of the proposed Project since it would result in permanent and temporary impacts to waters of the United States. The Project, as proposed by the applicant, is intended to provide approximately 34,400 acre-feet of new reliable water supply to address additional water supply needs. The Cedar Ridge Project would be a non-federal project constructed, owned, and operated by the City of Abilene. DATES: A public scoping meeting will be held May 16, 2018, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., in Abilene, TX. ADDRESSES: The scoping meeting location will be at the Abilene Convention Center, 1100 North 6th Street, Abilene, TX. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions and comments regarding the proposed action and EIS should be addressed to Mr. Frederick J. Land, Regulatory Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Division, 819 Taylor Street, Room 3A37, Fort Worth, TX 76102; (817) 886–1731; cedarridge@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The USACE will be conducting a public scoping meeting (see DATES and ADDRESSES) to describe the proposed Project, resources initially considered to be affected, the NEPA compliance process, and to solicit input on the issues and alternatives to be evaluated SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13APN1.SGM 13APN1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 16062 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 72 / Friday, April 13, 2018 / Notices and other related matters. Written comments for scoping will be accepted until June 15, 2018. The USACE has prepared a scoping announcement to familiarize agencies, the public, and interested organizations with the proposed Project and potential environmental issues that may be involved. Copies of the scoping announcement will be available at the public scoping meetings or can be requested by mail. The public Scoping meetings will include an ‘open house’ format and a presentation of information. Although written comments are encouraged, no formal public statements or public testimony will be taken at this time. The applicant is proposing to construct and operate a new 227,127 acre-foot reservoir, with a proposed surface area of 6,635 acres at conservation pool and an additional 2,151 acres at flood pool formed by an approximately 5,200-foot long earthen dam. Proposed impacts to waters of the United States at the project site include fill and inundation of 29-miles of the Clear Fork of the Brazos River and inundation of 43 miles of intermittent and ephemeral tributaries to the Clear Fork. In addition, the proposed project would result in downstream impacts associated with hydrologic alterations. As part of the proposed project, other facilities to be constructed include two spillways, a multi-level outlet works, a pump station and 34-mile pipeline, roadways, and construction areas. The pump station and pipeline would affect areas that may be waters of the United States. Construction of the dam and associated facilities would require the placement of approximately 16,000 cubic yards of fill material below the ordinary high water mark of the river and a small amount of fill in an ephemeral tributary. The construction of the dam and spillways would require 117 acres of land. Temporary and permanent construction of the pump station, pipeline, access roadways, laydown areas, and borrow areas could impact an estimated 1,100 acres of land area. The proposed project would be located primarily in northwest Shackelford County on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River with small portions located in adjacent Haskell, Jones, and Throckmorton counties in West Central Texas. The southern limit of the proposed reservoir would be approximately 25 miles northeast of Abilene, TX, near the town of Lueders, TX. The upstream limit of the reservoir would be located 0.4 river miles upstream from the State Highway (SH) 6 bridge over the Clear Fork near VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Apr 12, 2018 Jkt 244001 Lueders, TX. The downstream limit of the reservoir would be approximately 15 aerial miles downstream of the SH 6 bridge. The EIS would be prepared according to the USACE’s procedures at 33 CFR 230 and 325 Appendix B for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(c), and consistent with the USACE’s policy to facilitate public understanding and review of agency proposals. As part of the EIS process, the need for and purpose of the proposal as well as a full range of reasonable alternatives, including the proposed Project and no action, would be evaluated. Alternatives considered by the Applicant include developing new reservoirs at other locations including South Bend Reservoir, Double Mountain Reservoir (east or west sites), and Breckenridge Reservoir. Non-reservoir alternatives include securing additional water via a pipeline from Possum Kingdom reservoir, developing a scalping operation from Clear Fork to Hubbard Creek reservoir, water purchases, additional development of groundwater resources, and water reuse. The initial resource categories anticipated to be evaluated for direct, indirect and cumulative effects from the construction and operation of the project include soils, geology, mineral resources, geomorphology, surface and groundwater, hydrology, water rights and water use, air quality, noise, climate change, wetlands, water quality, fisheries, aquatics, vegetation, wildlife, threatened and endangered species, state sensitive species, transportation, visuals and aesthetics, cultural resources, paleontological resources, land use, energy use, property ownership, recreation, socioeconomics, hazardous materials, health and safety, and environmental justice. The USACE has invited the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division, and the Texas Historical Commission to be cooperating agencies in the formulation of the EIS. At this time it is projected that a Draft EIS could be released by Fall 2021. Stephen L Brooks, Chief, Regulatory Division, Fort Worth District. [FR Doc. 2018–07303 Filed 4–12–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Meeting of the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice of partially closed meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: The U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors will meet to make such inquiry, as the Board shall deem necessary, into the state of morale and discipline, the curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, and academic methods of the Naval Academy. SUMMARY: The open session of the meeting will be held on April 23, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The executive session held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. will be the closed portion of the meeting. Due to circumstances beyond the control of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Designated Federal Officer, the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors was unable to provide public notification required by 41 CFR 102– 3.lSO(a) concerning the meeting on April 23, 2018, of the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors. Accordingly, the Advisory Committee Management Officer for the Department of Defense, pursuant to 41 CFR 102– 3.150(b), waives the 15-calendar day notification requirement. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. The meeting will be handicap accessible. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant Commander Lawrence Heyworth IV, USN, Executive Secretary to the Board of Visitors, Office of the Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 21402–5000, 410–293– 1503. DATES: This notice of meeting is provided per the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.). The executive session of the meeting from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on April 23, 2018, will consist of discussions of new and pending administrative/minor disciplinary infractions and non-judicial punishments involving midshipmen attending the Naval Academy to include but not limited to, individual honor/ conduct violations within the Brigade, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. For this reason, the executive session of this meeting will be closed to the public, as the discussion of such information SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\13APN1.SGM 13APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 72 (Friday, April 13, 2018)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-07303]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army; Corps of Engineers


Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the City 
of Abilene, Texas, Cedar Ridge Reservoir Water Supply Project

AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is preparing an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the direct, indirect, 
and cumulative effects of a proposed water supply project, the Cedar 
Ridge Reservoir, proposed by the City of Abilene, TX. A Clean Water Act 
Section 404 permit would be required for the construction and operation 
of the proposed Project since it would result in permanent and 
temporary impacts to waters of the United States. The Project, as 
proposed by the applicant, is intended to provide approximately 34,400 
acre-feet of new reliable water supply to address additional water 
supply needs. The Cedar Ridge Project would be a non-federal project 
constructed, owned, and operated by the City of Abilene.

DATES: A public scoping meeting will be held May 16, 2018, 4:00 to 8:00 
p.m., in Abilene, TX.

ADDRESSES: The scoping meeting location will be at the Abilene 
Convention Center, 1100 North 6th Street, Abilene, TX.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions and comments regarding the 
proposed action and EIS should be addressed to Mr. Frederick J. Land, 
Regulatory Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory 
Division, 819 Taylor Street, Room 3A37, Fort Worth, TX 76102; (817) 
886-1731; [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The USACE will be conducting a public 
scoping meeting (see DATES and ADDRESSES) to describe the proposed 
Project, resources initially considered to be affected, the NEPA 
compliance process, and to solicit input on the issues and alternatives 
to be evaluated

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and other related matters. Written comments for scoping will be 
accepted until June 15, 2018. The USACE has prepared a scoping 
announcement to familiarize agencies, the public, and interested 
organizations with the proposed Project and potential environmental 
issues that may be involved. Copies of the scoping announcement will be 
available at the public scoping meetings or can be requested by mail. 
The public Scoping meetings will include an `open house' format and a 
presentation of information. Although written comments are encouraged, 
no formal public statements or public testimony will be taken at this 
time.
    The applicant is proposing to construct and operate a new 227,127 
acre-foot reservoir, with a proposed surface area of 6,635 acres at 
conservation pool and an additional 2,151 acres at flood pool formed by 
an approximately 5,200-foot long earthen dam. Proposed impacts to 
waters of the United States at the project site include fill and 
inundation of 29-miles of the Clear Fork of the Brazos River and 
inundation of 43 miles of intermittent and ephemeral tributaries to the 
Clear Fork. In addition, the proposed project would result in 
downstream impacts associated with hydrologic alterations. As part of 
the proposed project, other facilities to be constructed include two 
spillways, a multi-level outlet works, a pump station and 34-mile 
pipeline, roadways, and construction areas. The pump station and 
pipeline would affect areas that may be waters of the United States. 
Construction of the dam and associated facilities would require the 
placement of approximately 16,000 cubic yards of fill material below 
the ordinary high water mark of the river and a small amount of fill in 
an ephemeral tributary. The construction of the dam and spillways would 
require 117 acres of land. Temporary and permanent construction of the 
pump station, pipeline, access roadways, laydown areas, and borrow 
areas could impact an estimated 1,100 acres of land area.
    The proposed project would be located primarily in northwest 
Shackelford County on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River with small 
portions located in adjacent Haskell, Jones, and Throckmorton counties 
in West Central Texas. The southern limit of the proposed reservoir 
would be approximately 25 miles northeast of Abilene, TX, near the town 
of Lueders, TX. The upstream limit of the reservoir would be located 
0.4 river miles upstream from the State Highway (SH) 6 bridge over the 
Clear Fork near Lueders, TX. The downstream limit of the reservoir 
would be approximately 15 aerial miles downstream of the SH 6 bridge.
    The EIS would be prepared according to the USACE's procedures at 33 
CFR 230 and 325 Appendix B for implementing the National Environmental 
Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(c), and 
consistent with the USACE's policy to facilitate public understanding 
and review of agency proposals. As part of the EIS process, the need 
for and purpose of the proposal as well as a full range of reasonable 
alternatives, including the proposed Project and no action, would be 
evaluated. Alternatives considered by the Applicant include developing 
new reservoirs at other locations including South Bend Reservoir, 
Double Mountain Reservoir (east or west sites), and Breckenridge 
Reservoir. Non-reservoir alternatives include securing additional water 
via a pipeline from Possum Kingdom reservoir, developing a scalping 
operation from Clear Fork to Hubbard Creek reservoir, water purchases, 
additional development of groundwater resources, and water reuse. The 
initial resource categories anticipated to be evaluated for direct, 
indirect and cumulative effects from the construction and operation of 
the project include soils, geology, mineral resources, geomorphology, 
surface and groundwater, hydrology, water rights and water use, air 
quality, noise, climate change, wetlands, water quality, fisheries, 
aquatics, vegetation, wildlife, threatened and endangered species, 
state sensitive species, transportation, visuals and aesthetics, 
cultural resources, paleontological resources, land use, energy use, 
property ownership, recreation, socioeconomics, hazardous materials, 
health and safety, and environmental justice.
    The USACE has invited the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Texas Parks and Wildlife 
Department, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Water 
Quality Division, and the Texas Historical Commission to be cooperating 
agencies in the formulation of the EIS.
    At this time it is projected that a Draft EIS could be released by 
Fall 2021.

Stephen L Brooks,
Chief, Regulatory Division, Fort Worth District.
[FR Doc. 2018-07303 Filed 4-12-18; 8:45 am]
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