Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, New Mexico Unit of the Central Arizona Project; Catron, Grant, and Hidalgo Counties, New Mexico, 27347-27349 [2018-12575]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 113 / Tuesday, June 12, 2018 / Notices reporting functions; (ii) regarding a testing laboratory’s suitability determination based upon standards no less stringent than those set out in 25 CFR 533.6(b)(1)(ii) through (v) and based upon no less information than that required by 25 CFR 537.1; and/or (iii) the TGRA’s acceptance of a testing laboratory’s suitability determination made by any other gaming regulatory authority in the United States. The TGRA must maintain said records for a minimum of three years and must make the records available to the Commission upon request. Section 547.17 requires a TGRA to submit a detailed report for each enumerated standard for which the TGRA approves an alternate standard, and the report must include: (i) An explanation of how the alternate standard achieves a level of security and integrity sufficient to accomplish the purpose of the standard it is to replace; and (ii) the alternate standard as approved and the record on which the approval is based. This collection is mandatory and allows the NIGC to confirm tribal compliance with NIGC regulations on ‘‘electronic, computer, or other technologic aids’’ to conduct class II gaming activities. Respondents: Tribal governing bodies. Estimated Number of Respondents: 492. Estimated Annual Responses: 500. Estimated Time per Response: Depending on the type of submission, the range of time can vary from 2.0 burden hours to 6.0 burden hours for one item. Frequency of Response: Annually. Estimated Total Annual Hourly Burden to Respondents: 2,456. Estimated Total Non-Hour Cost Burden: $0. Dated: May 31, 2018. Christinia Thomas, Chief of Staff (A). BILLING CODE 7565–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES [NPS–NERO–GATE–25299; PPNEGATEB0, PPMVSCS1Z.Y00000] Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee National Park Service, Interior. Notice of renewal. AGENCY: The Secretary of the Interior is giving notice of renewal of the Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:21 Jun 11, 2018 Jkt 244001 Ryan K. Zinke, Secretary of the Interior. [FR Doc. 2018–12559 Filed 6–11–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312–52–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation [RR03510000, XXXR0680R1, RR171260120019400] Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent; request for comments. AGENCY: National Park Service SUMMARY: Authority: 54 U.S.C. 100906; 54 U.S.C. 100101(a) et seq. Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, New Mexico Unit of the Central Arizona Project; Catron, Grant, and Hidalgo Counties, New Mexico [FR Doc. 2018–12498 Filed 6–11–18; 8:45 am] ACTION: Committee. The Committee provides advice on the development of a specific reuse plan and on matters relating to the future uses of the Fort Hancock Historic Landmark District within the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daphne Yun, Acting Public Affairs Officer, Gateway National Recreation Area, 210 New York Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10305, or by telephone (718) 354–4602, or by email daphne_yun@nps.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is published in accordance with Section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (Pub. L. 92–463, as amended). The certification of renewal is published below. Certification Statement: I hereby certify that the renewal of the Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the Department of the Interior by the National Park Service Organic Act (54 U.S.C. 100101(a) et seq.), and other statutes relating to the administration of the National Park Service. The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), as the lead Federal agency, and the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), as joint lead agency, intend to gather information necessary for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the effects of the construction and operation of a New Mexico Unit (NM Unit) of the Central Arizona Project (CAP). Reclamation and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27347 the ISC will work with land owners that may be impacted by construction and operation of the NM Unit. Reclamation and the ISC will evaluate and disclose the potential environmental effects on these lands to determine consistency with any applicable land use plans or other guiding documents. This notice also opens public scoping to identify potential issues, concerns, and alternatives to be considered in the EIS. DATES: Comments on the scope of the EIS are due 30 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Eight public scoping meetings will be held to solicit comments on the scope of the EIS and the issues and alternatives that should be analyzed. The dates and locations of the scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers, and the project website at: https://www.nmuniteis.com. At the time of this publication, the dates and locations of the scoping meetings will be on the project website. ADDRESSES: Send written comments on the scope of the EIS to the Phoenix Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation (ATTN: NM Unit EIS), 6150 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, Arizona 85306, or by email to NMUnitEIS@empsi.com. If emailing comments, please use ‘‘NM Unit EIS’’ as the subject of your email. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Sean Heath at (623) 773–6250, or by email at NMUnitEIS@empsi.com. Additional information is available online at https://www.nmuniteis.com. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4231–4347; the Council on Environmental Quality’s Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA, 40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508; and the Department of the Interior’s regulations, 43 CFR part 46, Reclamation and the ISC, as joint lead agencies, intend to prepare an EIS on the NM Unit of the CAP. The Proposed Action would develop a NM Unit of the CAP to permit the consumptive use of Gila River water, diverted in accordance with the Consumptive Use and Forbearance Agreement (CUFA), and pursuant to the terms of the Arizona Water Settlements Act, Public Law 108– 451 (AWSA). Background The Colorado River Basin Project Act of 1968, Public Law 90–537, 43 U.S.C. Ch. 32, as amended by the AWSA, authorizes the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to contract with water users in New Mexico for water from the Gila River, its tributaries and underground E:\FR\FM\12JNN1.SGM 12JNN1 27348 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 113 / Tuesday, June 12, 2018 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES water sources. New Mexico may divert, in any period of 10 consecutive years, up to an annual average of 14,000 acrefeet, including a maximum of 4,000 acre-feet per year that may be diverted from the San Francisco River pursuant to the CUFA and the NM Unit Agreement. Use of this water under the AWSA is conditioned on satisfying a variety of laws and agreements related to its use in New Mexico and Arizona. These laws and agreements generally require that additional CAP water be delivered to the downstream users in Arizona to replace diversions in New Mexico under the AWSA and the CUFA. A NM Unit is the infrastructure that would divert Gila River water in New Mexico for this purpose. The AWSA contains specific requirements for the Secretary regarding the possible construction, operation, and maintenance of a NM Unit on the Gila River. The Secretary is authorized to design, build, operate, and maintain a NM Unit. A NM Unit is defined in the New Mexico Unit Agreement, which the Secretary executed on November 23, 2015. The Secretary is directed to carry out all necessary environmental compliance required by Federal law in implementing the CUFA and the New Mexico Unit Agreement. Reclamation and the ISC are the joint lead agencies for environmental compliance regarding the Unit pursuant to Section 212(h) of the AWSA. Purpose and Need for Action The purpose of the Proposed Action is to develop a NM Unit of the CAP to allow for consumptive use of water from the Gila River, its tributaries or underground water sources in southwestern New Mexico, diverted in accordance with the CUFA, and pursuant to the terms of the AWSA. The water developed via a NM Unit pursuant to the AWSA and the CUFA is for the benefit of the New Mexico CAP Entity. The needs for the Proposed Action are as follows: (a) To develop water for delivery at the times, locations, and in quantities that will improve agricultural use within the Cliff-Gila, Virden, and/or San Francisco River valleys; and (b) to provide capability for future expansion for the beneficial purposes authorized by the Colorado River Basin Project Act of 1968 and the AWSA. The Proposed Action identified in this EIS is needed for agricultural use and does not include or preclude the independent development of subsequent projects to address these future needs; however, future projects involving water developed pursuant to the AWSA and VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:21 Jun 11, 2018 Jkt 244001 the CUFA will be subject to all environmental compliance required by law. Reclamation has concluded that an EIS is required for the proposed project, pursuant to the statutory requirements of the AWSA. The EIS will evaluate direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of the Proposed Action. In addition, the EIS will include a No Action alternative. For purposes of analysis and scoping, the No Action alternative represents the conditions that exist in the absence of the Federal action. It will provide the basis for comparison with the Proposed Action that includes the construction and operation of a NM Unit. Proposed Action The NM Unit would be a water diversion, storage, conveyance, and delivery system for agricultural use and to provide capability for future expansion for other beneficial purposes as authorized by the Colorado River Basin Project Act of 1968 and the AWSA. The study area for the EIS comprises portions of Catron, Grant, and Hidalgo counties in southwest New Mexico. The Project would divert AWSA water from the Gila River or its tributaries in New Mexico pursuant to the provisions of the AWSA and the CUFA, convey it for storage in offstream storage sites in the Upper Gila Valley, along the San Francisco River and in the Virden Valley, and deliver it to the target water users. The Proposed Action would only use a portion of the 14,000 acre-feet allowed under the AWSA, while not precluding the future development of the full amount. The exact amounts of water that would be diverted are unknown at this time and will be determined as the Proposed Action is refined prior to the publication of the Draft EIS. The Proposed Action includes diverting, conveying, and storing other water rights, except for Globe Equity water rights. Possible components of the NM Unit include the following: • A surface water diversion structure on the Gila River, in the Cliff-Gila Valley; • Storage ponds in the Gila River floodplain and in a side drainage of the Cliff-Gila Valley, providing approximately 4,000 acre-feet of storage; • Aquifer storage with recovery wells in the Cliff-Gila Valley; • Gravity flow and pumped delivery of diverted water to storage facilities in the Cliff-Gila Valley; • Pumping facilities associated with delivery of stored water in the Cliff-Gila Valley; • Ditch improvements, including increased capacity and lining of about PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 one-third of existing ditches in the CliffGila Valley; • Surface storage ponds in the Gila River floodplain or side channels, providing approximately 500 acre-feet of storage in the Virden Valley; • Improvements to existing ditches for water conveyance in the Virden Valley; • Pumping facilities associated with delivery of stored water in the Virden Valley; • A surface water diversion structure on the San Francisco River, near Alma; • Pumping facility for delivery of diverted water to the proposed reservoir near Alma; • Conveyance (i.e., open ditch, box culvert, or pipeline) construction and improvements to existing ditches for water conveyance from a proposed diversion on the San Francisco River; • Construction of an approximately 1,900 acre-foot off-stream reservoir near Alma, to store water diverted from the San Francisco River; • Construction of water conveyance facilities from the reservoir to points of use. Reclamation and the ISC will use the public scoping period, previous studies, and stakeholder input to fully identify the range of potentially significant issues, actions, alternatives, and impacts to be considered in the EIS. Resource areas analyzed in the EIS may include air quality; cultural resources; geology and soils; hazardous substances and waste; land use; noise; socioeconomics; recreation; utilities and infrastructure; vegetation; water; wetlands and floodplains; fisheries and wildlife; and special status species. The range of issues and alternatives addressed in the EIS may be expanded or reduced based on comments received in response to this notice and at the public scoping meetings. Additional information is available by contacting the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Principles, Requirements, and Guidelines As part of the environmental analysis process, the Federal Principles, Requirements, and Guidelines for Water and Land Related Resources Implementation Studies (PR&Gs) will be applied to examine the various technical, economic, hydrologic, recreation and ecosystem services considerations of each alternative, as well as a No Action alternative. The requirements of a PR&G analysis are unique to that process and are not included in the Council of Environmental Quality or Department of E:\FR\FM\12JNN1.SGM 12JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 113 / Tuesday, June 12, 2018 / Notices the Interior NEPA implementing regulations. Additional information regarding the PR&Gs is available online at the website provided in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Cooperating Agency Status If, based on the Proposed Action, your agency believes it has special expertise or jurisdiction by law, as defined in 40 CFR 1508.15 and 1508.26, please respond within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice to the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Special Assistance for Public Scoping Meetings If special assistance is required at the scoping meetings, please contact Mr. Sean Heath at (623) 773–6250, or email your assistance needs to NMUnitEIS@ empsi.com, along with your name and telephone number. Please indicate your needs at least two weeks in advance of the meeting to enable Reclamation to secure the needed services. If a request cannot be honored, the requestor will be notified. 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. Dated: June 7, 2018. Terrance J. Fulp, Regional Director, Lower Colorado Region. [FR Doc. 2018–12575 Filed 6–11–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4332–90–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 337–TA–1119] sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Certain Infotainment Systems, Components Thereof, and Automobiles Containing the Same: Institution of investigation U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on May 7, 2018, under section 337 of the Tariff SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:21 Jun 11, 2018 Jkt 244001 Act of 1930, as amended, on behalf of Broadcom Corporation of San Jose, California. Supplements to the complaint were filed on May 18, 2018 and May 30, 2018. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 based upon the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain infotainment systems, component thereof, and automobiles containing the same by reason of infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,937,187 (‘‘the ’187 patent’’); U.S. Patent No. 8,902,104 (‘‘the ’104 patent’’); U.S. Patent No. 7,512,752 (‘‘the ’752 patent’’); U.S. Patent No. 7,530,027 (‘‘the ’027 patent’’); U.S. Patent No. 8,284,844 (‘‘the ’844 patent’’); and U.S. Patent No. 7,437,583 (‘‘the ’583 patent’’). The complaint further alleges that an industry in the United States exists as required by the applicable Federal Statute. The complainant requests that the Commission institute an investigation and, after the investigation, issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders. ADDRESSES: The complaint, except for any confidential information contained therein, is available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Room 112, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205–2000. Hearing impaired individuals are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on (202) 205–1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at (202) 205– 2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server at https://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katherine Hiner, The Office of Docket Services, U.S. International Trade Commission, telephone (202) 205–1802. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: The authority for institution of this investigation is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337 and in section 210.10 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 210.10 (2018). Scope of investigation: Having considered the complaint, the U.S. PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27349 International Trade Commission, on June 6, 2018, ordered that— (1) Pursuant to subsection (b) of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, an investigation be instituted to determine whether there is a violation of subsection (a)(1)(B) of section 337 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, or the sale within the United States after importation of products identified in paragraph (2) by reason of infringement of one or more of claims 1–10 of the ’187 patent; claims 1, 2, 5–13, 15, and 16 of the ’104 patent; claims 1–10 of the ’752 patent; claims 11–20 of the ’027 patent; claims 1–14 of the ’844 patent; and claims 17–26 of the ’583 patent; and whether an industry in the United States exists as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337; (2) Pursuant to section 210.10(b)(1) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 210.10(b)(1), the plain language description of the accused products or category of accused products, which defines the scope of the investigation, is ‘‘head units, rear seat entertainment units, units for displaying information or entertainment, and cameras, controllers, processing components, modules, chips, GNSS processing devices, and circuits used therein or therewith and automobiles that contain such infotainment systems and components’’; (3) For the purpose of the investigation so instituted, the following are hereby named as parties upon which this notice of investigation shall be served: (a) The complainant is: Broadcom Corporation, 1320 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95131. (b) The respondents are the following entities alleged to be in violation of section 337, and are the parties upon which the complaint is to be served: Toyota Motor Corporation, 1 Toyotacho, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture 471–8571, Japan Toyota Motor North America, Inc., 6565 Headquarters Dr., Plano, TX 75024 Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., 6565 Headquarters Dr., Plano, TX 75024 Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., 6565 Headquarters Dr., Plano, TX 75024 Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc., 4000 Tulip Tree Drive, Princeton, IN 47670 Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., 25 Atlantic Avenue, Erlanger, KY 41018 Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc., 398 E Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38804 E:\FR\FM\12JNN1.SGM 12JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation

[RR03510000, XXXR0680R1, RR171260120019400]


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, 
New Mexico Unit of the Central Arizona Project; Catron, Grant, and 
Hidalgo Counties, New Mexico

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), as the lead Federal 
agency, and the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), as joint 
lead agency, intend to gather information necessary for preparing an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the effects of the 
construction and operation of a New Mexico Unit (NM Unit) of the 
Central Arizona Project (CAP). Reclamation and the ISC will work with 
land owners that may be impacted by construction and operation of the 
NM Unit. Reclamation and the ISC will evaluate and disclose the 
potential environmental effects on these lands to determine consistency 
with any applicable land use plans or other guiding documents. This 
notice also opens public scoping to identify potential issues, 
concerns, and alternatives to be considered in the EIS.

DATES: Comments on the scope of the EIS are due 30 days after 
publication of this notice in the Federal Register.
    Eight public scoping meetings will be held to solicit comments on 
the scope of the EIS and the issues and alternatives that should be 
analyzed. The dates and locations of the scoping meetings will be 
announced at least 15 days in advance through local media, newspapers, 
and the project website at: https://www.nmuniteis.com. At the time of 
this publication, the dates and locations of the scoping meetings will 
be on the project website.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments on the scope of the EIS to the Phoenix 
Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation (ATTN: NM Unit EIS), 6150 West 
Thunderbird Road, Glendale, Arizona 85306, or by email to 
[email protected]. If emailing comments, please use ``NM Unit EIS'' 
as the subject of your email.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Sean Heath at (623) 773-6250, or 
by email at [email protected]. Additional information is available 
online at https://www.nmuniteis.com.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4231-4347; the Council 
on Environmental Quality's Regulations for Implementing the Procedural 
Provisions of NEPA, 40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508; and the Department 
of the Interior's regulations, 43 CFR part 46, Reclamation and the ISC, 
as joint lead agencies, intend to prepare an EIS on the NM Unit of the 
CAP. The Proposed Action would develop a NM Unit of the CAP to permit 
the consumptive use of Gila River water, diverted in accordance with 
the Consumptive Use and Forbearance Agreement (CUFA), and pursuant to 
the terms of the Arizona Water Settlements Act, Public Law 108-451 
(AWSA).

Background

    The Colorado River Basin Project Act of 1968, Public Law 90-537, 43 
U.S.C. Ch. 32, as amended by the AWSA, authorizes the Secretary of the 
Interior (Secretary) to contract with water users in New Mexico for 
water from the Gila River, its tributaries and underground

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water sources. New Mexico may divert, in any period of 10 consecutive 
years, up to an annual average of 14,000 acre-feet, including a maximum 
of 4,000 acre-feet per year that may be diverted from the San Francisco 
River pursuant to the CUFA and the NM Unit Agreement. Use of this water 
under the AWSA is conditioned on satisfying a variety of laws and 
agreements related to its use in New Mexico and Arizona. These laws and 
agreements generally require that additional CAP water be delivered to 
the downstream users in Arizona to replace diversions in New Mexico 
under the AWSA and the CUFA.
    A NM Unit is the infrastructure that would divert Gila River water 
in New Mexico for this purpose. The AWSA contains specific requirements 
for the Secretary regarding the possible construction, operation, and 
maintenance of a NM Unit on the Gila River.
    The Secretary is authorized to design, build, operate, and maintain 
a NM Unit. A NM Unit is defined in the New Mexico Unit Agreement, which 
the Secretary executed on November 23, 2015. The Secretary is directed 
to carry out all necessary environmental compliance required by Federal 
law in implementing the CUFA and the New Mexico Unit Agreement. 
Reclamation and the ISC are the joint lead agencies for environmental 
compliance regarding the Unit pursuant to Section 212(h) of the AWSA.

Purpose and Need for Action

    The purpose of the Proposed Action is to develop a NM Unit of the 
CAP to allow for consumptive use of water from the Gila River, its 
tributaries or underground water sources in southwestern New Mexico, 
diverted in accordance with the CUFA, and pursuant to the terms of the 
AWSA. The water developed via a NM Unit pursuant to the AWSA and the 
CUFA is for the benefit of the New Mexico CAP Entity.
    The needs for the Proposed Action are as follows: (a) To develop 
water for delivery at the times, locations, and in quantities that will 
improve agricultural use within the Cliff-Gila, Virden, and/or San 
Francisco River valleys; and (b) to provide capability for future 
expansion for the beneficial purposes authorized by the Colorado River 
Basin Project Act of 1968 and the AWSA. The Proposed Action identified 
in this EIS is needed for agricultural use and does not include or 
preclude the independent development of subsequent projects to address 
these future needs; however, future projects involving water developed 
pursuant to the AWSA and the CUFA will be subject to all environmental 
compliance required by law.
    Reclamation has concluded that an EIS is required for the proposed 
project, pursuant to the statutory requirements of the AWSA. The EIS 
will evaluate direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of the Proposed 
Action. In addition, the EIS will include a No Action alternative. For 
purposes of analysis and scoping, the No Action alternative represents 
the conditions that exist in the absence of the Federal action. It will 
provide the basis for comparison with the Proposed Action that includes 
the construction and operation of a NM Unit.

Proposed Action

    The NM Unit would be a water diversion, storage, conveyance, and 
delivery system for agricultural use and to provide capability for 
future expansion for other beneficial purposes as authorized by the 
Colorado River Basin Project Act of 1968 and the AWSA. The study area 
for the EIS comprises portions of Catron, Grant, and Hidalgo counties 
in southwest New Mexico. The Project would divert AWSA water from the 
Gila River or its tributaries in New Mexico pursuant to the provisions 
of the AWSA and the CUFA, convey it for storage in off-stream storage 
sites in the Upper Gila Valley, along the San Francisco River and in 
the Virden Valley, and deliver it to the target water users. The 
Proposed Action would only use a portion of the 14,000 acre-feet 
allowed under the AWSA, while not precluding the future development of 
the full amount. The exact amounts of water that would be diverted are 
unknown at this time and will be determined as the Proposed Action is 
refined prior to the publication of the Draft EIS. The Proposed Action 
includes diverting, conveying, and storing other water rights, except 
for Globe Equity water rights. Possible components of the NM Unit 
include the following:
     A surface water diversion structure on the Gila River, in 
the Cliff-Gila Valley;
     Storage ponds in the Gila River floodplain and in a side 
drainage of the Cliff-Gila Valley, providing approximately 4,000 acre-
feet of storage;
     Aquifer storage with recovery wells in the Cliff-Gila 
Valley;
     Gravity flow and pumped delivery of diverted water to 
storage facilities in the Cliff-Gila Valley;
     Pumping facilities associated with delivery of stored 
water in the Cliff-Gila Valley;
     Ditch improvements, including increased capacity and 
lining of about one-third of existing ditches in the Cliff-Gila Valley;
     Surface storage ponds in the Gila River floodplain or side 
channels, providing approximately 500 acre-feet of storage in the 
Virden Valley;
     Improvements to existing ditches for water conveyance in 
the Virden Valley;
     Pumping facilities associated with delivery of stored 
water in the Virden Valley;
     A surface water diversion structure on the San Francisco 
River, near Alma;
     Pumping facility for delivery of diverted water to the 
proposed reservoir near Alma;
     Conveyance (i.e., open ditch, box culvert, or pipeline) 
construction and improvements to existing ditches for water conveyance 
from a proposed diversion on the San Francisco River;
     Construction of an approximately 1,900 acre-foot off-
stream reservoir near Alma, to store water diverted from the San 
Francisco River;
     Construction of water conveyance facilities from the 
reservoir to points of use.
    Reclamation and the ISC will use the public scoping period, 
previous studies, and stakeholder input to fully identify the range of 
potentially significant issues, actions, alternatives, and impacts to 
be considered in the EIS.
    Resource areas analyzed in the EIS may include air quality; 
cultural resources; geology and soils; hazardous substances and waste; 
land use; noise; socioeconomics; recreation; utilities and 
infrastructure; vegetation; water; wetlands and floodplains; fisheries 
and wildlife; and special status species. The range of issues and 
alternatives addressed in the EIS may be expanded or reduced based on 
comments received in response to this notice and at the public scoping 
meetings. Additional information is available by contacting the person 
listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice.

Principles, Requirements, and Guidelines

    As part of the environmental analysis process, the Federal 
Principles, Requirements, and Guidelines for Water and Land Related 
Resources Implementation Studies (PR&Gs) will be applied to examine the 
various technical, economic, hydrologic, recreation and ecosystem 
services considerations of each alternative, as well as a No Action 
alternative. The requirements of a PR&G analysis are unique to that 
process and are not included in the Council of Environmental Quality or 
Department of

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the Interior NEPA implementing regulations. Additional information 
regarding the PR&Gs is available online at the website provided in the 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice.

Cooperating Agency Status

    If, based on the Proposed Action, your agency believes it has 
special expertise or jurisdiction by law, as defined in 40 CFR 1508.15 
and 1508.26, please respond within 30 days of the date of publication 
of this notice to the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT section of this notice.

Special Assistance for Public Scoping Meetings

    If special assistance is required at the scoping meetings, please 
contact Mr. Sean Heath at (623) 773-6250, or email your assistance 
needs to [email protected], along with your name and telephone 
number. Please indicate your needs at least two weeks in advance of the 
meeting to enable Reclamation to secure the needed services. If a 
request cannot be honored, the requestor will be notified.

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.

    Dated: June 7, 2018.
Terrance J. Fulp,
Regional Director, Lower Colorado Region.
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