Notice of Availability of the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIS/DEIR) for Westminster, East Garden Grove, California Flood Risk Management Study, 54920-54921 [2018-23880]

Download as PDF daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 54920 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 212 / Thursday, November 1, 2018 / Notices changed conditions and/or assumptions since the original feasibility study was completed in 2000. The GRR will address the need for anchorage areas capable of safely accommodating the vessels navigating the anchorages at present and reasonably projected to be navigating them in the future; or find that no plan is currently justified. DATES: Scoping comments may be submitted until December 10, 2018. ADDRESSES: The public is invited to submit NEPA scoping comments at the meeting and/or submit comments to Mr. David Schulte, Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, Fort Norfolk, 803 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510 or via email: David.M.Schulte@usace.army.mil. The project title and the commenter’s contact information should be included with submitted comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Schulte, (757) 201–7007. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Applicable laws and regulations are section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321–4370, as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508). The primary problem is that existing Federal anchorages in the harbor are insufficient in meeting the variety of functions (ex. security and U.S. Coast Guard inspections, lightering, bunkering/ refueling, waiting areas, and emergency ‘‘bailout’’ areas) they are used for as part of normal harbor operations, which reduces vessel safety and cargo transportation efficiency. Multiple issues have been identified by key harbor users and stakeholders. There is not enough anchorage area to accommodate all of the vessels that need to anchor for various reasons. The dimensions of existing anchorages cannot accommodate vessels larger than 1100 foot LOA (length overall) which is a significant portion of the vessels that regularly call on the harbor and anchored vessels regularly swing out into the navigation channel. Vessels are currently forced to wait outside the harbor in the ocean due to a lack of anchorage availability and/or anchorage areas designed for larger vessels. USACE is the lead federal agency and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will be the non-federal sponsor for the study. The GRR will address the primary problem of the New York and New Jersey Harbor Anchorages by studying all reasonable alternatives and determine the Federal interest in cost-sharing for those alternatives. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:30 Oct 31, 2018 Jkt 247001 As required by Council on Environmental Quality’s Principles, Requirements and Guidelines for Water and Land Related Resources Implementation Studies all reasonable alternatives to the proposed Federal action that meet the purpose and need will be considered in the EIS. These alternatives will include no action and a range of reasonable alternatives for improving navigation in the New York & New Jersey Harbor Anchorages. Scoping/Public Involvement. The public NEPA scoping meeting will be held on November 8, 2018, from 5 p.m.8 p.m. It will be held at the GSA Building, conference rooms 1–3 on the 30th floor, at 290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007. Federal, state, and local agencies, Indian tribes, and the public are invited to provide scoping comments to identify issues and potentially significant effects to be considered in the analysis. Brenda S. Bowen, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–23879 Filed 10–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Notice of Availability of the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIS/ DEIR) for Westminster, East Garden Grove, California Flood Risk Management Study Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in cooperation with Orange County Public Works, Orange County, CA announces the availability of a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report (Draft IFR) including Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Westminster, East Garden Grove, California Flood Risk Management Study for review and comment. The Draft IFR presents alternatives to address flood risk to the residents of the communities in the Westminster watershed. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the flood risk within the Westminster watershed that is primarily attributable to drainage channels overwhelmed with having to collect and convey more surface runoff downstream towards eventual discharge into the Pacific Ocean than what they were designed for. USACE evaluated SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and analyzed various flood control measures and formulated alternatives specifically for the Westminster watershed. USACE also evaluated the potential impacts of the alternatives and ways to minimize such impacts. A Notice of Intent to prepare the Draft EIS was published on January 13, 2006. A public scoping meeting was conducted on January 25, 2006 in the City of Garden Grove, CA. DATES: The Draft IFR is available for a 45-day public review period, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), from Friday, October 19, 2018, through Monday, December 3, 2018. Comments will be accepted through the project email address at westminster_comments@ usace.army.mil, by letter and at public meetings. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for instructions on how to submit public comments, public meeting dates, and public meeting locations. ADDRESSES: For further information and/or questions about Westminster, East Garden Grove, please contact Michael Padilla, Program Manager, by mail: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District, 231 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604, by phone: 312–846–5427; or by email: Michael.C.Padilla@ usace.army.mil. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Background. The study is being conducted in accordance with the study resolution adopted by the Committee on Public Works, House of Representatives Committee on Public Works on May 8, 1964 (Flood Control Act of 1938). The goal of the Westminster, East Garden Grove Study is to identify sustainable flood risk management solutions within the Westminster watershed to reduce flooding caused by overtopping of the C05/C06 and C02/C04 channel systems. USACE conducted the Westminster Study in consultation with other Federal agencies, Native American tribes, state agencies, local governments, and non-governmental organizations. 2. The Draft IFR. The Draft IFR includes an analysis of four alternatives, including the No Action Alternative, to determine which plan or plans would merit further consideration for federal participation. The documentation also includes an analysis of the impacts of each alternative on existing resources within the Westminster watershed. The alternatives were developed to a level of detail sufficient to identify a Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP), as well as a Locally Preferred Plan (LPP). The TSP is the E:\FR\FM\01NON1.SGM 01NON1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 212 / Thursday, November 1, 2018 / Notices Minimum Channel Modifications Alternative, which reduces flood risk by lining the existing drainage channels with concrete, thus increasing conveyance efficiency. The LPP is the Maximum Channel Modifications Alternative, which reduces flood risk by altering the geometry of existing drainage channels to increase conveyance efficiency and storage capacity. Both of these plans include additional downstream measures to address the impacts of increased flood flow conveyance resulting from the channel modifications. The downstream measures include increasing the span of Warner Avenue Bridge, replacing the tide gates on C05, and constructing a floodwall along the Pacific Coast Highway at Outer Bolsa Bay. Compatible nonstructural measures were also included in the TSP and LPP to lessen the life safety risk associated with flooding in the project area. Each plan will require mitigation to address the loss of habitat. 3. Public Participation. USACE will accept comments related to the Draft IFR until December 3, 2018. Comments may be submitted in the following ways: • Project Email Address: Send comment and any attachments to westminster_comments@ usace.army.mil. • Mail: Send comments to Orange County Public Works, ATTN: Justin Golliher, 300 North Flower Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703. Comments must be postmarked by December 3, 2018. • Public Meetings: Public meetings are scheduled for November 7 and November 8, 2018. The public review meeting on November 7, 2018, is from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the City of Westminster City Hall. The address is 8200 Westminster Boulevard, Westminster, CA 92683. The public review meeting on November 8, 2018, is from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Meadowlark Golf Course. The address is 16782 Graham Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. The public meetings will allow participants the opportunity to comment on the Draft IFR. A stenographer will document oral comments at the public meetings. Public meetings will begin with a brief presentation regarding the study and the formulated alternatives followed by an oral comment period. During each meeting, USACE personnel will also collect written comments on comment cards. Additional information about public meetings including dates, times and locations will be posted on the Westminster project website at https://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/ Missions/Civil-Works-Projects/ Westminster-East-Garden-Grove/. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:30 Oct 31, 2018 Jkt 247001 4. Authority. This action is being conducted in accordance with the study resolution adopted by the Committee on Public Works, House of Representatives Committee on Public Works on May 8, 1964 (Flood Control Act of 1938), and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq., as amended. Dated: October 30, 2018. Bruce Hamilton, Chairman. Dated: 25 October 2018. Susanne J. Davis, Chief, Planning Branch, CELRC–PMD–PB. [Docket No. ED–2018–ICCD–0115] [FR Doc. 2018–23880 Filed 10–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–59–P 54921 [FR Doc. 2018–23977 Filed 10–30–18; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 3670–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Student Assistance General Provisions— Readmission for Servicemembers Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: DEFENSE NUCLEAR FACILITIES SAFETY BOARD Sunshine Act Meetings TIME AND DATE: 2:00 p.m., November 5, 2018. Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, 625 Indiana Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20004. PLACE: Closed. During the closed meeting, the Board Members will discuss issues dealing with potential Recommendations to the Secretary of Energy. The Board is invoking the exemptions to close a meeting described in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3) and (9)(B) and 10 CFR 1704.4(c) and (h). The Board has determined that it is necessary to close the meeting since conducting an open meeting is likely to disclose matters that are specifically exempted from disclosure by statute, and/or be likely to significantly frustrate implementation of a proposed agency action. In this case, the deliberations will pertain to potential Board Recommendations which, under 42 U.S.C. 2286d(b) and (h)(3), may not be made publicly available until after they have been received by the Secretary of Energy or the President, respectively. STATUS: The meeting will proceed in accordance with the closed meeting agenda which is posted on the Board’s public website at www.dnfsb.gov. Technical staff may present information to the Board. The Board Members are expected to conduct deliberations regarding potential Recommendations to the Secretary of Energy. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Glenn Sklar, General Manager, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, 625 Indiana Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20004–2901, (800) 788– 4016. This is a toll-free number. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 31, 2018. ADDRESSES: To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://www.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED– 2018–ICCD–0115. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 550 12th Street SW, PCP, Room 9086, Washington, DC 20202–0023. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Beth Grebeldinger, 202–377–4018. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers


Notice of Availability of the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report 
Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Draft Environmental Impact Report 
(DEIS/DEIR) for Westminster, East Garden Grove, California Flood Risk 
Management Study

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

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in cooperation with 
Orange County Public Works, Orange County, CA announces the 
availability of a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report (Draft IFR) 
including Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
for the Westminster, East Garden Grove, California Flood Risk 
Management Study for review and comment. The Draft IFR presents 
alternatives to address flood risk to the residents of the communities 
in the Westminster watershed. The purpose of this study is to evaluate 
the flood risk within the Westminster watershed that is primarily 
attributable to drainage channels overwhelmed with having to collect 
and convey more surface runoff downstream towards eventual discharge 
into the Pacific Ocean than what they were designed for. USACE 
evaluated and analyzed various flood control measures and formulated 
alternatives specifically for the Westminster watershed. USACE also 
evaluated the potential impacts of the alternatives and ways to 
minimize such impacts. A Notice of Intent to prepare the Draft EIS was 
published on January 13, 2006. A public scoping meeting was conducted 
on January 25, 2006 in the City of Garden Grove, CA.

DATES: The Draft IFR is available for a 45-day public review period, 
pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), from Friday, 
October 19, 2018, through Monday, December 3, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Comments will be accepted through the project email address 
at [email protected], by letter and at public 
meetings. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for instructions on how 
to submit public comments, public meeting dates, and public meeting 
locations.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information and/or 
questions about Westminster, East Garden Grove, please contact Michael 
Padilla, Program Manager, by mail: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 
Chicago District, 231 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 
60604, by phone: 312-846-5427; or by email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    1. Background. The study is being conducted in accordance with the 
study resolution adopted by the Committee on Public Works, House of 
Representatives Committee on Public Works on May 8, 1964 (Flood Control 
Act of 1938). The goal of the Westminster, East Garden Grove Study is 
to identify sustainable flood risk management solutions within the 
Westminster watershed to reduce flooding caused by overtopping of the 
C05/C06 and C02/C04 channel systems. USACE conducted the Westminster 
Study in consultation with other Federal agencies, Native American 
tribes, state agencies, local governments, and non-governmental 
organizations.
    2. The Draft IFR. The Draft IFR includes an analysis of four 
alternatives, including the No Action Alternative, to determine which 
plan or plans would merit further consideration for federal 
participation. The documentation also includes an analysis of the 
impacts of each alternative on existing resources within the 
Westminster watershed. The alternatives were developed to a level of 
detail sufficient to identify a Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP), as 
well as a Locally Preferred Plan (LPP). The TSP is the

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Minimum Channel Modifications Alternative, which reduces flood risk by 
lining the existing drainage channels with concrete, thus increasing 
conveyance efficiency. The LPP is the Maximum Channel Modifications 
Alternative, which reduces flood risk by altering the geometry of 
existing drainage channels to increase conveyance efficiency and 
storage capacity. Both of these plans include additional downstream 
measures to address the impacts of increased flood flow conveyance 
resulting from the channel modifications. The downstream measures 
include increasing the span of Warner Avenue Bridge, replacing the tide 
gates on C05, and constructing a floodwall along the Pacific Coast 
Highway at Outer Bolsa Bay. Compatible nonstructural measures were also 
included in the TSP and LPP to lessen the life safety risk associated 
with flooding in the project area. Each plan will require mitigation to 
address the loss of habitat.
    3. Public Participation. USACE will accept comments related to the 
Draft IFR until December 3, 2018. Comments may be submitted in the 
following ways:
     Project Email Address: Send comment and any attachments to 
[email protected].
     Mail: Send comments to Orange County Public Works, ATTN: 
Justin Golliher, 300 North Flower Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703. Comments 
must be postmarked by December 3, 2018.
     Public Meetings: Public meetings are scheduled for 
November 7 and November 8, 2018. The public review meeting on November 
7, 2018, is from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the City of Westminster City 
Hall. The address is 8200 Westminster Boulevard, Westminster, CA 92683. 
The public review meeting on November 8, 2018, is from 6:30 p.m. to 
9:00 p.m. at the Meadowlark Golf Course. The address is 16782 Graham 
Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. The public meetings will allow 
participants the opportunity to comment on the Draft IFR. A 
stenographer will document oral comments at the public meetings.
    Public meetings will begin with a brief presentation regarding the 
study and the formulated alternatives followed by an oral comment 
period. During each meeting, USACE personnel will also collect written 
comments on comment cards. Additional information about public meetings 
including dates, times and locations will be posted on the Westminster 
project website at https://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works-Projects/Westminster-East-Garden-Grove/.
    4. Authority. This action is being conducted in accordance with the 
study resolution adopted by the Committee on Public Works, House of 
Representatives Committee on Public Works on May 8, 1964 (Flood Control 
Act of 1938), and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 
42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq., as amended.

    Dated: 25 October 2018.
Susanne J. Davis,
Chief, Planning Branch, CELRC-PMD-PB.
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