Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Little River Band Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Township of Fruitport, Muskegon County, Michigan, 9807-9808 [2019-05032]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 52 / Monday, March 18, 2019 / Notices public inspection and review, by appointment (telephone 512–490–0057) and written request only, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the following locations: • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 500 Gold Avenue SW, Room 6034, Albuquerque. • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, Austin, TX 78758; via phone at 512–490–0057; or via the Federal Relay Service at 800– 877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), make available the draft Environmental Assessment (dEA) and the Davis Ranch Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for development of the 724-acre property in Bexar County, Texas (permit area). The Davis McCrary Property Trust (applicant) has applied to the Service for an incidental take permit (ITP; TE 204410 under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The requested ITP, which would be in effect for a period of 30 years, if granted, would authorize incidental take of the federally endangered golden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga (=Dendroica) chrysoparia) (covered species). The proposed incidental take would result from activities associated with otherwise lawful activities, including commercial and residential development on the 724-acre ranch in Bexar County, Texas, as a result of clearing of vegetation, earth-moving activities, and construction of structures (covered activities). We make available the dEA for the Davis Ranch HCP and the associated HCP. In accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), we advise the public that: 1. We have gathered the information necessary to determine impacts and formulate alternatives for the dEA related to potential issuance of an ITP to the applicant; and 2. The applicant has developed a HCP as part of the application for an ITP, which describes the measures the applicant has agreed to take to minimize and mitigate the impacts of incidental take of the covered species to the maximum extent practicable pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. The applicant has applied for an ITP that would be in effect for 30 years, if granted, and would authorize incidental take of the federally endangered goldencheeked warbler. As described in the HCP, the proposed incidental take would result from activities associated VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:23 Mar 15, 2019 Jkt 247001 with otherwise lawful activities, including commercial and residential development on the 724-acre ranch in Bexar County, Texas, as a result of covered activities. The dEA considers the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of implementation of the HCP, including the measures that will be implemented to minimize and mitigate, to the maximum extent practicable, the impacts of the incidental take of the covered species. Proposed Action The proposed action involves the issuance of an ITP by the Service for the covered activities in the permit area, pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act. The ITP would cover incidental take of the covered species associated with construction of commercial and residential development within the permit area. The requested term of the permit is 30 years. To meet the requirements of a section 10(a)(1)(B) ITP, the applicant has developed and proposes to implement its HCP. The HCP describes the conservation measures the applicant has agreed to undertake to minimize and mitigate, to the maximum extent practicable, the impacts of the incidental take of the covered species, and ensures that incidental take will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of the survival and recovery of the covered species in the wild. At full implementation, the applicant would mitigate up to approximately 1,176 acres in an approved goldencheeked warbler habitat conservation bank. Alternatives We are considering one alternative to the proposed action as part of this process: No Action: No ITP would be issued. Under a No Action alternative, the Service would not issue the requested ITP, and the applicant would either not construct the development or would construct the development avoiding all impacts to the golden-cheeked warbler. Therefore, the applicant would not implement the conservation measures described in the HCP. Public Availability of Comments Written comments we receive become part of the public record associated with this action. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information (PII) in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your PII—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can request in your comment PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9807 that we withhold your PII from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their entirety. Authority We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22), and the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and it’s implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Dated: March 5, 2019. Amy Lueders, Regional Director, Southwest Region. [FR Doc. 2019–05039 Filed 3–15–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [190A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900 253G] Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Little River Band Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Township of Fruitport, Muskegon County, Michigan Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Reopening of public comment period. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is reopening the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Little River Band Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Township of Fruitport, Muskegon County, Michigan (DEIS). DATES: BIA will consider all comments submitted or postmarked by April 17, 2019. Comments submitted to BIA concerning the DEIS prior to this announcement do not need to be resubmitted. You may mail or handdeliver written comments to Mr. Timothy LaPointe, Acting Midwest Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest Region, Norman Pointe II Building, 5600 West American Boulevard, Suite 500, Bloomington, MN 55347. Please include your name, return address, and the caption: ‘‘DEIS Comments, Little River Band Trust Acquisition and Casino Project,’’ on the first page of your written comments. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1 9808 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 52 / Monday, March 18, 2019 / Notices Mr. Scott Doig, Regional Environmental Scientist, Division of Environmental, Facilities, Safety and Cultural Resource Management (DEFSCRM), Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest Region, Norman Pointe II Building, 5600 West American Boulevard, Suite 500, Bloomington, MN 55347; phone: (612) 725–4597; email: scott.doig@bia.gov. Information is also available online at www.littleriverEIS.com. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BIA published a notice of availability of the DEIS on November 21, 2018. See 83 FR 58783. Public review of the DEIS is part of the administrative process for the evaluation of the Tribe’s application to the BIA for the Federal trust acquisition of approximately 60 acres in the Township of Fruitport, Muskegon County, Michigan, upon which the Tribe proposes to develop a casino, hotel, parking, and other supporting facilities. The BIA held a public meeting on the DEIS on December 12, 2018 at Fruitport Middle School, 3113 E Pontaluna Road, Fruitport, Michigan 49415. Background: The Proposed Project consists of the following components: (1) The transfer of an approximately 60acre property from fee to trust status; (2) issuance of a Secretarial Determination by the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) under Section 20 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) that gaming on the project site would be in the best interest of the Tribe and not detrimental to the surrounding community (25 U.S.C. 2719(b)(1)(A)); and (3) development of the trust parcel and adjacent land owned by the Tribe, totaling approximately 86.5 acres, with a variety of uses including a casino, hotel, conference center, parking, and other supporting facilities. At full buildout, the proposed casino facility would include approximately 149,069 square feet of gaming floor; a hotel with 220 guest rooms; a 250-seat buffet, as well as a cafe´, sports bar, food court, and other food and beverage providers; and an approximately 38,790-square foot convention center. Access to the project site would be provided via two driveways: One along Harvey Street and one along East Ellis Road. Five service driveways, not for public use, would be located on East Ellis Road. The following alternatives are considered in the DEIS: (1) Proposed Project; (2) Reduced Intensity Alternative; (3) Non-Gaming Alternative; (4) Custer Site Alternative, and (5) No Action/No Development. Environmental issues addressed in the DEIS include geology and soils, water FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:23 Mar 15, 2019 Jkt 247001 resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural and paleontological resources, socioeconomic conditions (including environmental justice), transportation and circulation, land use, public services, noise, hazardous materials, aesthetics, cumulative effects, and indirect and growth-inducing effects. Locations where the DEIS is available for review: The DEIS will be available for review at the Fruitport Public Library located at 605 Eclipse Blvd., Fruitport, Michigan 53511, and online at www.littleriverEIS.com. To obtain a compact disk copy of the DEIS, please provide your name and address in writing to Mr. Scott Doig, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest Regional Office. Contact information is listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice. Individual paper copies of the DEIS will be provided only upon payment of applicable printing expenses by the requestor for the number of copies requested. Public comment availability: Comments, including names and addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. 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 in your comment that your personal identifying information be withheld from public review, the BIA cannot guarantee that this will occur. Authority: This notice is published pursuant to Sec. 1503.1 of the Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508) and Sec. 46.305 of the Department of the Interior Regulations (43 CFR part 46), implementing the procedural requirements of the NEPA of l969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371, et seq.), and is in the exercise of authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs by 209 DM 8. Dated: March 8, 2019. Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2019–05032 Filed 3–15–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS–WASO–NAGPRA–NPS0027333; PPWOCRADN0–PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, OK National Park Service, Interior. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma has completed an inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects, in consultation with the appropriate Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and associated funerary objects and present-day Indian Tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains and associated funerary objects should submit a written request to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains and associated funerary objects to the lineal descendants, Indian Tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed. DATES: Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains and associated funerary objects should submit a written request with information in support of the request to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at the address in this notice by April 17, 2019. ADDRESSES: Dr. Marc Levine, Assistant Curator of Archaeology, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma, 2401 Chautauqua Avenue, Norman, OK 73072–7029, telephone (405) 325–1994, email mlevine@ou.edu. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the completion of an inventory of human remains and associated funerary objects under the control of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, OK. The human remains and associated funerary objects were removed from Johnston County, OK. E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 52 (Monday, March 18, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs

[190A2100DD/AAKC001030/A0A501010.999900 253G]


Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Little River Band 
Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Township of Fruitport, Muskegon 
County, Michigan

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Reopening of public comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is reopening the public 
comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the 
Little River Band Trust Acquisition and Casino Project, Township of 
Fruitport, Muskegon County, Michigan (DEIS).

DATES: BIA will consider all comments submitted or postmarked by April 
17, 2019. Comments submitted to BIA concerning the DEIS prior to this 
announcement do not need to be resubmitted.

ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand-deliver written comments to Mr. Timothy 
LaPointe, Acting Midwest Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 
Midwest Region, Norman Pointe II Building, 5600 West American 
Boulevard, Suite 500, Bloomington, MN 55347. Please include your name, 
return address, and the caption: ``DEIS Comments, Little River Band 
Trust Acquisition and Casino Project,'' on the first page of your 
written comments.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Scott Doig, Regional Environmental 
Scientist, Division of Environmental, Facilities, Safety and Cultural 
Resource Management (DEFSCRM), Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest 
Region, Norman Pointe II Building, 5600 West American Boulevard, Suite 
500, Bloomington, MN 55347; phone: (612) 725-4597; email: 
scott.doig@bia.gov. Information is also available online at 
www.littleriverEIS.com.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BIA published a notice of availability of 
the DEIS on November 21, 2018. See 83 FR 58783. Public review of the 
DEIS is part of the administrative process for the evaluation of the 
Tribe's application to the BIA for the Federal trust acquisition of 
approximately 60 acres in the Township of Fruitport, Muskegon County, 
Michigan, upon which the Tribe proposes to develop a casino, hotel, 
parking, and other supporting facilities. The BIA held a public meeting 
on the DEIS on December 12, 2018 at Fruitport Middle School, 3113 E 
Pontaluna Road, Fruitport, Michigan 49415.
    Background: The Proposed Project consists of the following 
components: (1) The transfer of an approximately 60-acre property from 
fee to trust status; (2) issuance of a Secretarial Determination by the 
Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) under Section 20 of the Indian 
Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) that gaming on the project site would be 
in the best interest of the Tribe and not detrimental to the 
surrounding community (25 U.S.C. 2719(b)(1)(A)); and (3) development of 
the trust parcel and adjacent land owned by the Tribe, totaling 
approximately 86.5 acres, with a variety of uses including a casino, 
hotel, conference center, parking, and other supporting facilities. At 
full build-out, the proposed casino facility would include 
approximately 149,069 square feet of gaming floor; a hotel with 220 
guest rooms; a 250-seat buffet, as well as a caf[eacute], sports bar, 
food court, and other food and beverage providers; and an approximately 
38,790-square foot convention center. Access to the project site would 
be provided via two driveways: One along Harvey Street and one along 
East Ellis Road. Five service driveways, not for public use, would be 
located on East Ellis Road.
    The following alternatives are considered in the DEIS: (1) Proposed 
Project; (2) Reduced Intensity Alternative; (3) Non-Gaming Alternative; 
(4) Custer Site Alternative, and (5) No Action/No Development. 
Environmental issues addressed in the DEIS include geology and soils, 
water resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural and 
paleontological resources, socioeconomic conditions (including 
environmental justice), transportation and circulation, land use, 
public services, noise, hazardous materials, aesthetics, cumulative 
effects, and indirect and growth-inducing effects.
    Locations where the DEIS is available for review: The DEIS will be 
available for review at the Fruitport Public Library located at 605 
Eclipse Blvd., Fruitport, Michigan 53511, and online at 
www.littleriverEIS.com. To obtain a compact disk copy of the DEIS, 
please provide your name and address in writing to Mr. Scott Doig, 
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Midwest Regional Office. Contact information 
is listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this 
notice. Individual paper copies of the DEIS will be provided only upon 
payment of applicable printing expenses by the requestor for the number 
of copies requested.
    Public comment availability: Comments, including names and 
addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the 
BIA address shown in the ADDRESSES section, during regular business 
hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. 
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 in your comment that your personal identifying information be 
withheld from public review, the BIA cannot guarantee that this will 
occur.
    Authority: This notice is published pursuant to Sec. 1503.1 of the 
Council of Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 
1508) and Sec. 46.305 of the Department of the Interior Regulations (43 
CFR part 46), implementing the procedural requirements of the NEPA of 
l969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4371, et seq.), and is in the exercise of 
authority delegated to the Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs by 209 
DM 8.

    Dated: March 8, 2019.
Tara Sweeney,
Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2019-05032 Filed 3-15-19; 8:45 am]
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