Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Final Restoration Plan 1 and Environmental Assessment: Birds and Sturgeon, and Finding of No Significant Impact; Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group, 10528-10530 [2019-05379]

Download as PDF amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES 10528 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 55 / Thursday, March 21, 2019 / Notices quality and conditions that would exist if the spill had not occurred) is complete. The Deepwater Horizon Trustees are: • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), as represented by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management; • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce; • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); • State of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Department of Natural Resources; • State of Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; • State of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Geological Survey of Alabama; • State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and • State of Texas: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas General Land Office, and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The Trustees reached and finalized a settlement of their natural resource damage claims with BP in an April 4, 2016, Consent Decree approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Pursuant to that Consent Decree, restoration projects in the Louisiana Restoration Area are now selected and implemented by the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (TIG). The Louisiana TIG is composed of the following Trustees: • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), as represented by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management; • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce; • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and • State of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Department of Natural Resources. Background The Final Programmatic Damage Assessment Restoration Plan and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:27 Mar 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 Statement (Final PDARP/PEIS) provides for TIGs to propose phasing restoration projects across multiple restoration plans. A TIG may propose funding a planning phase (e.g., initial engineering, design, and compliance) in one plan for a conceptual project. This would allow the TIG to develop information needed to fully consider a subsequent implementation phase of that project in a future restoration plan. In 2016, the Louisiana TIG included the Queen Bess Island Restoration Project as a preferred alternative to fund for engineering and design (E&D) in a restoration plan entitled Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan #1: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands; and Birds (Phase 1 RP #1). After approval, the Queen Bess Island Restoration Project began E&D. The Louisiana TIG then evaluated several design alternatives and prepared a draft Phase 2 RP/EA #1.1. Notice of availability of the draft Phase 2 RP/EA #1.1 was published on the Louisiana TIG website on December 7, 2018, and in the Federal Register and Louisiana State Register on December 20, 2018 (83 FR 65360, Louisiana Register Volume 44, No. 7). The draft Phase 2 RP/EA #1.1 provided the Louisiana TIG’s analysis of design alternatives that would meet the Trustees’ goal to replenish and protect living coastal and marine resources under OPA and NEPA, and identified one design alternative that was proposed as preferred for implementation. The Louisiana TIG provided the public a comment period from December 7, 2018, through January 22, 2019. The Louisiana TIG also hosted a public meeting on January 3, 2019, in Baton Rouge to facilitate public review and comment. The Louisiana TIG considered the public comments received, which informed their analysis and decision making, and finalized the Phase 2 RP/EA #1.1. A summary of the public comments received and the Louisiana TIG’s responses to those comments are addressed in Section 7 of the Phase 2 RP/EA #1.1. Overview of the LA TIG Final RP/EA #1.1 The Phase 2 RP/EA #1.1 is being released in accordance with OPA, NRDA regulations found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 15 CFR part 990, NEPA, the Consent Decree, and the Final PDARP/PEIS and Record of Decision. In the Phase 2 RP/EA #1.1 and FONSI, the Louisiana TIG selects one restoration alternative, Design PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Alternative 2B, for final design and construction for Queen Bess Island restoration, to be funded under the Birds restoration type allocation. The Louisiana TIG also analyzed one additional design alternative, as well as a no action alternative in the Phase 2 RP/EA #1.1. In accordance with NEPA, as part of the Phase 2 RP/EA #1.1, the Trustees issued a FONSI. The FONSI is available in Appendix E of the Phase 2 RP/EA #1.1. The Louisiana TIG determined that the restoration project selected for final design and funding will continue the process of restoring the natural resources injured or lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The total estimated project cost for the selected restoration project is $18,710,000. Additional restoration planning for the Louisiana Restoration Area will continue. Administrative Record The documents comprising the Administrative Record for the Phase 2 RP/EA #1.1 can be viewed electronically at http://www.doi.gov/ deepwaterhorizon/adminrecord. Authority The authority of this action is the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.) and its implementing Natural Resource Damage Assessment regulations found at 15 CFR part 990 and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). Mary Josie Blanchard, Director of Gulf of Mexico Restoration, Department of the Interior. [FR Doc. 2019–05378 Filed 3–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [FWS–R4–ES–2019–N026; FVHC98220410150–XXX–FF04H00000] Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Final Restoration Plan 1 and Environmental Assessment: Birds and Sturgeon, and Finding of No Significant Impact; Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group Department of the Interior. Notice of availability. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final PDARP/PEIS), Record of Decision, and the Consent Decree, the Federal natural resource SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21MRN1.SGM 21MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 55 / Thursday, March 21, 2019 / Notices amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES trustee agencies for the Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group (Open Ocean TIG) have prepared a Final Restoration Plan 1 and Environmental Assessment (Final RP1/EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The Final RP1/EA describes the restoration project alternatives for the Birds and Sturgeon restoration types considered by the Open Ocean TIG to continue the process of restoring natural resources and services injured or lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the availability of the Final RP1/EA and FONSI. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download the Final RP1/EA and FONSI from either of the following websites: • http://www.gulfspillrestoration .noaa.gov • http://www.doi.gov/ deepwaterhorizon/adminrecord Alternatively, you may request a CD of the Final RP1/EA and FONSI (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nanciann Regalado, via email at nanciann_regalado@fws.gov, via telephone at 678–296–6805, or via the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction On April 20, 2010, the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, which was being used to drill a well for BP Exploration and Production, Inc. (BP), in the Macondo prospect (Mississippi Canyon 252– MC252), experienced a significant explosion, fire, and subsequent sinking in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in an unprecedented volume of oil and other discharges from the rig and from the wellhead on the seabed. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the largest off shore oil spill in U.S. history, discharging millions of barrels of oil over a period of 87 days. In addition, well over 1 million gallons of dispersants were applied to the waters of the spill area in an attempt to disperse the spilled oil. An undetermined amount of natural gas was also released into the environment as a result of the spill. The Trustees conducted the natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA; 33 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). Pursuant to OPA, Federal and State agencies act as trustees on behalf of the public to assess natural resource injuries and losses and to determine the actions required to compensate the public for those injuries and losses. OPA further instructs the VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:27 Mar 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 designated trustees to develop and implement a plan for the restoration, rehabilitation, replacement, or acquisition of the equivalent of the injured natural resources under their trusteeship, including the loss of use and services from those resources from the time of injury until the time of restoration to baseline (the resource quality and conditions that would exist if the spill had not occurred) is complete. The Deepwater Horizon Trustees are: • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), as represented by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management; • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce; • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); • State of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Department of Natural Resources; • State of Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; • State of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Geological Survey of Alabama; • State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and • State of Texas: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas General Land Office, and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The Trustees reached and finalized a settlement of their natural resource damage claims with BP in an April 4, 2016, Consent Decree approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Pursuant to that Consent Decree, restoration projects in the Open Ocean Restoration Area are now selected and implemented by the Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group (TIG). The Open Ocean TIG is composed of the following Federal Trustees: • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), as represented by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management; • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce; • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); and • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10529 Background On March 31, 2017, the Open Ocean TIG posted a public notice at http:// www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov requesting new or revised natural resource restoration project ideas by May 15, 2017, for the Open Ocean Restoration Area for the 2017–2020 planning years. The notice stated that the Open Ocean TIG was seeking project ideas for the following Restoration Types: (1) Birds, (2) Sturgeon, (3) Sea Turtles, (4) Marine Mammals, (5) Fish and Water Column Invertebrates, and (6) Mesophotic and Deep Benthic Communities. On February 7, 2018, the Open Ocean TIG announced that it had initiated drafting of its first and second postsettlement draft restoration plans; and that the first plan would include restoration projects for Birds and Sturgeon, while the second plan would include restoration projects for Sea Turtles, Marine Mammals, Fish and Water Column Invertebrates, and Mesophotic and Deep Benthic Communities. The project submissions received through this process, along with projects previously submitted during prior restoration planning processes, resulted in the alternatives evaluated in the Draft RP1/EA. Notice of availability of the Draft RP1/ EA was published in the Federal Register on October 9, 2018 (83 FR 50681). The Draft RP1/EA provided the Open Ocean TIG’s analysis of alternatives that would meet the Trustees’ goal to replenish and protect living coastal and marine resources under OPA and NEPA, and identified the alternatives that were proposed as preferred for implementation. The Open Ocean TIG provided the public with 30 days to review and comment on the Draft RP1/EA. The Open Ocean TIG also held two public webinars in October 2018 to facilitate public understanding of the document. The Open Ocean TIG considered the public comments received, which informed the Open Ocean TIG’s analysis of alternatives in the Final RP1/EA. A summary of the public comments received and the Open Ocean TIG’s responses to those comments are addressed in Chapter 6 of the Final RP1/EA. Overview of the OO TIG Final RP1/EA The Final RP1/EA is being released in accordance with OPA, NRDA regulations found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 15 CFR part 990, NEPA, the Consent Decree, and the Final PDARP/PEIS. In the Final RP1/EA and FONSI, the Open Ocean TIG selected the following E:\FR\FM\21MRN1.SGM 21MRN1 10530 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 55 / Thursday, March 21, 2019 / Notices three restoration projects from the Birds and Sturgeon restoration types: • Restoration of Common Loons in Minnesota, USA, • Restoration of Black Terns in North and South Dakota, and • Characterizing Gulf Sturgeon Spawning Habitat, Habitat Use and Origins of Juvenile Sturgeon in the Pearl and Pascagoula River Systems. The Open Ocean TIG also analyzed three additional alternatives, as well as a no action alternative. In accordance with NEPA, as part of the Final RP1/EA, the Trustees issued a FONSI. The FONSI is available in Appendix E of the Final RP1/EA. The Open Ocean TIG determined that the restoration projects selected for funding will continue the process of restoring the natural resources injured or lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The total estimated cost for the three selected restoration projects is $16,000,000. Additional restoration planning for the Open Ocean Restoration Area will continue. Administrative Record The documents comprising the Administrative Record for the Final RP1/EA can be viewed electronically at http://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon/ adminrecord. Authority The authority of this action is the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.), and its implementing Natural Resource Damage Assessment regulations found at 15 CFR part 990, and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). Mary Josie Blanchard, Director of Gulf of Mexico Restoration, Department of the Interior. Comments may be sent via U.S. Postal Service and all other carriers to the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C St. NW, MS 7228, Washington, DC 20240. ADDRESSES: The properties listed in this notice are being considered for listing or related actions in the National Register of Historic Places. Nominations for their consideration were received by the National Park Service before March 9, 2019. Pursuant to Section 60.13 of 36 CFR part 60, written comments are being accepted concerning the significance of the nominated properties under the National Register criteria for evaluation. 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. Nominations submitted by State Historic Preservation Officers: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: COLORADO Larimer County Dunraven Cottage-Camp Dunraven, 898 Fish Creek Rd., Estes Park vicinity, SG100003644 Mineral County Wagon Wheel Gap Fluorspar Mine and Mill (Mining Industry in Colorado, MPS), 1 Goose Creek Rd., Creede vicinity, MP100003643 ILLINOIS [FR Doc. 2019–05379 Filed 3–20–19; 8:45 am] Cook County Leaning Tower of Niles, The 6280 W Touhy Ave., Niles, SG100003645 Forum, The 318–328 E 43rd St., Chicago, SG100003646 BILLING CODE 4310–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES Comments should be submitted by April 5, 2019. DATES: [NPS–WASO–NRNHL–DTS#–27470; PPWOCRADI0, PCU00RP14.R50000] Edgar County Paris High School and Gymnasium, 309 S Main St., Paris, SG100003647 National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions Kane County Copley Hospital, 301 Weston Ave., Aurora, SG100003648 National Park Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice. Lake County Frederick, Louis, House, 19 W County Line Rd., Barrington Hills, SG100003649 AGENCY: The National Park Service is soliciting comments on the significance of properties nominated before March 9, 2019, for listing or related actions in the National Register of Historic Places. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:27 Mar 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 MARYLAND Baltimore County Lime Kiln Bottom, 2177 Cromwell Bridge Rd., Parkville, SG100003655 PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Frederick County Oakland, 1902 Jefferson Pike, Knoxville, SG100003656 NEW YORK Albany County Normanskill Farm, 5 Mill Rd., Albany, SG100003625 Chenango County Willcox, Hazard Jr., Farm, 549 Co. Rd. 14, Earlville, SG100003626 Franklin County Hotel Saranac, 100 Main St., Saranac Lake, SG100003627 Montgomery County St. Johnsville Historic District, Generally E & W Main, N & S Division, Bridge, Lion, Falling, Monroe, Center, Kingsbury, Church, William, Hough & Sanders Sts., St. Johnsville, SG100003628 Onondaga County North Salina Street Historic District (Boundary Increase), Portions of Ash, Butternut, Catawba, E Laurel, E Willow, Pearl, & N Salina Sts.; E Belden & Gephardt Aves., Syracuse, BC100003623 Rensselaer County Rensselaer Society of Engineers House, 1501 Sage Ave., Troy, SG100003629 Schoharie County Schoharie Village Historic District, Portions of Main, Bridge, Fair, Grand, Orchard & Prospect Sts., Fort Rd., Academy, Furman & Sunset Drs., Birchez, Depot, Estenes, Mix & Quilt Lns., Johnson, Knower & Shannon Aves., Schoharie, SG100003624 Vroman, Col. Peter, House, 112 Covered Bridge Rd., Schoharie, SG100003630 Ulster County Ashokan Field Campus Historic District, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olive Bridge, SG100003622 Washington County Dresden District School No. 2, North Rd., Clemons vicinity, SG100003631 Westchester County Robinwood Historic District, Tavano & Somerstown Rds., Ossining, SG100003632 PENNSYLVANIA Berks County Updike, John, Childhood Home, 117 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington, SG100003635 Philadelphia County Oaks Cloister, 5829 Wissahickon Ave. & 3 Lehman Ln., Philadelphia, SG100003636 WISCONSIN Jefferson County Lake Mills Downtown Commercial Historic District, 102–131 E Lake, 113–203 W Lake, 103–211 N Main & 101–202 S Main Sts., Lake Mills, SG100003634 Owner objections have been received for the following resources: E:\FR\FM\21MRN1.SGM 21MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

[FWS-R4-ES-2019-N026; FVHC98220410150-XXX-FF04H00000]


Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Final Restoration Plan 1 and 
Environmental Assessment: Birds and Sturgeon, and Finding of No 
Significant Impact; Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group

AGENCY: Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Deepwater Horizon Oil 
Spill Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and 
Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final PDARP/PEIS), 
Record of Decision, and the Consent Decree, the Federal natural 
resource

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trustee agencies for the Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group (Open 
Ocean TIG) have prepared a Final Restoration Plan 1 and Environmental 
Assessment (Final RP1/EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). 
The Final RP1/EA describes the restoration project alternatives for the 
Birds and Sturgeon restoration types considered by the Open Ocean TIG 
to continue the process of restoring natural resources and services 
injured or lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The 
purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the availability of 
the Final RP1/EA and FONSI.

ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download the Final RP1/EA and 
FONSI from either of the following websites:

 http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov
 http://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon/adminrecord

Alternatively, you may request a CD of the Final RP1/EA and FONSI (see 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nanciann Regalado, via email at 
nanciann_regalado@fws.gov, via telephone at 678-296-6805, or via the 
Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    On April 20, 2010, the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater 
Horizon, which was being used to drill a well for BP Exploration and 
Production, Inc. (BP), in the Macondo prospect (Mississippi Canyon 252-
MC252), experienced a significant explosion, fire, and subsequent 
sinking in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in an unprecedented volume of 
oil and other discharges from the rig and from the wellhead on the 
seabed. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the largest off shore oil 
spill in U.S. history, discharging millions of barrels of oil over a 
period of 87 days. In addition, well over 1 million gallons of 
dispersants were applied to the waters of the spill area in an attempt 
to disperse the spilled oil. An undetermined amount of natural gas was 
also released into the environment as a result of the spill.
    The Trustees conducted the natural resource damage assessment 
(NRDA) for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill under the Oil Pollution Act 
(OPA; 33 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). Pursuant to OPA, Federal and State 
agencies act as trustees on behalf of the public to assess natural 
resource injuries and losses and to determine the actions required to 
compensate the public for those injuries and losses. OPA further 
instructs the designated trustees to develop and implement a plan for 
the restoration, rehabilitation, replacement, or acquisition of the 
equivalent of the injured natural resources under their trusteeship, 
including the loss of use and services from those resources from the 
time of injury until the time of restoration to baseline (the resource 
quality and conditions that would exist if the spill had not occurred) 
is complete.
    The Deepwater Horizon Trustees are:
     U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), as represented by 
the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau 
of Land Management;
     National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on 
behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce;
     U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA);
     U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
     State of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration 
Authority, Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, Department of Environmental 
Quality, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Department of 
Natural Resources;
     State of Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality;
     State of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural 
Resources and Geological Survey of Alabama;
     State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection 
and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and
     State of Texas: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas 
General Land Office, and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
    The Trustees reached and finalized a settlement of their natural 
resource damage claims with BP in an April 4, 2016, Consent Decree 
approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of 
Louisiana. Pursuant to that Consent Decree, restoration projects in the 
Open Ocean Restoration Area are now selected and implemented by the 
Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group (TIG). The Open Ocean TIG is 
composed of the following Federal Trustees:
     U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), as represented by 
the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau 
of Land Management;
     National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on 
behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce;
     U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); and
     U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Background

    On March 31, 2017, the Open Ocean TIG posted a public notice at 
http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov requesting new or revised 
natural resource restoration project ideas by May 15, 2017, for the 
Open Ocean Restoration Area for the 2017-2020 planning years. The 
notice stated that the Open Ocean TIG was seeking project ideas for the 
following Restoration Types: (1) Birds, (2) Sturgeon, (3) Sea Turtles, 
(4) Marine Mammals, (5) Fish and Water Column Invertebrates, and (6) 
Mesophotic and Deep Benthic Communities.
    On February 7, 2018, the Open Ocean TIG announced that it had 
initiated drafting of its first and second post-settlement draft 
restoration plans; and that the first plan would include restoration 
projects for Birds and Sturgeon, while the second plan would include 
restoration projects for Sea Turtles, Marine Mammals, Fish and Water 
Column Invertebrates, and Mesophotic and Deep Benthic Communities.
    The project submissions received through this process, along with 
projects previously submitted during prior restoration planning 
processes, resulted in the alternatives evaluated in the Draft RP1/EA.
    Notice of availability of the Draft RP1/EA was published in the 
Federal Register on October 9, 2018 (83 FR 50681). The Draft RP1/EA 
provided the Open Ocean TIG's analysis of alternatives that would meet 
the Trustees' goal to replenish and protect living coastal and marine 
resources under OPA and NEPA, and identified the alternatives that were 
proposed as preferred for implementation. The Open Ocean TIG provided 
the public with 30 days to review and comment on the Draft RP1/EA. The 
Open Ocean TIG also held two public webinars in October 2018 to 
facilitate public understanding of the document. The Open Ocean TIG 
considered the public comments received, which informed the Open Ocean 
TIG's analysis of alternatives in the Final RP1/EA. A summary of the 
public comments received and the Open Ocean TIG's responses to those 
comments are addressed in Chapter 6 of the Final RP1/EA.

Overview of the OO TIG Final RP1/EA

    The Final RP1/EA is being released in accordance with OPA, NRDA 
regulations found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 15 CFR 
part 990, NEPA, the Consent Decree, and the Final PDARP/PEIS.
    In the Final RP1/EA and FONSI, the Open Ocean TIG selected the 
following

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three restoration projects from the Birds and Sturgeon restoration 
types:

 Restoration of Common Loons in Minnesota, USA,
 Restoration of Black Terns in North and South Dakota, and
 Characterizing Gulf Sturgeon Spawning Habitat, Habitat Use and 
Origins of Juvenile Sturgeon in the Pearl and Pascagoula River Systems.

    The Open Ocean TIG also analyzed three additional alternatives, as 
well as a no action alternative. In accordance with NEPA, as part of 
the Final RP1/EA, the Trustees issued a FONSI. The FONSI is available 
in Appendix E of the Final RP1/EA.
    The Open Ocean TIG determined that the restoration projects 
selected for funding will continue the process of restoring the natural 
resources injured or lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil 
spill. The total estimated cost for the three selected restoration 
projects is $16,000,000. Additional restoration planning for the Open 
Ocean Restoration Area will continue.

Administrative Record

    The documents comprising the Administrative Record for the Final 
RP1/EA can be viewed electronically at http://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon/adminrecord.

Authority

    The authority of this action is the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 
U.S.C. 2701 et seq.), and its implementing Natural Resource Damage 
Assessment regulations found at 15 CFR part 990, and the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).

Mary Josie Blanchard,
Director of Gulf of Mexico Restoration, Department of the Interior.
[FR Doc. 2019-05379 Filed 3-20-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4310-15-P