Draft Categorical Exclusion and Draft General Conservation Plan for Cultivation Activities in Santa Barbara County, California, 38038-38039 [2019-16626]

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(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total estimated annual hour burden associated with this collection is 4,830 hours. (7) An estimate of the total public burden (in cost) associated with the collection: The estimated total annual cost burden associated with this collection of information is $1,480,625. Dated: July 30, 2019. Jerry L Rigdon, Deputy Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2019–16617 Filed 8–2–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–97–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2019–N063; FXES11140800000–190–FF08EVEN00] Draft Categorical Exclusion and Draft General Conservation Plan for Cultivation Activities in Santa Barbara County, California AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notice of availability; request for comments. ACTION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft general conservation plan (GCP), as well as the associated draft categorical exclusion (CatEx), for cultivation activities in Santa Barbara County, California. The Service developed the GCP in accordance with the Endangered Species Act to provide a streamlined mechanism for proponents engaged in activities associated with agricultural development, to meet statutory and regulatory requirements while promoting conservation of the Santa Barbara County distinct population segment of the California tiger salamander. The Service prepared the draft CatEx in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human environment resulting from issuing permits under the GCP. We invite public comment on these documents. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before September 4, 2019. SUMMARY: Obtaining Documents: You may download a copy of the draft GCP and draft CatEx at http://www.fws.gov/ ventura/, or you may request copies of the documents by U.S. mail (below) or by phone (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Submitting Written Comments: Please send us your written comments using one of the following methods: • U.S. mail: Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003. • Email: sbc-cultivationgcp@fws.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Henry, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, by phone at 805–677–3312, via the Federal Relay Service at 1–800– 877–8339 for TTY assistance, or at the Ventura address (see ADDRESSES). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft general conservation plan (GCP), as well as the associated draft categorical exclusion (CatEx), for cultivation activities in Santa Barbara County. We invite public comment on these documents. ADDRESSES: Draft General Conservation Plan The draft GCP was developed by the Service in accordance with section 10(a)(2)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 150 / Monday, August 5, 2019 / Notices U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The GCP meets the issuance criteria as required by section 10(a)(2)(B) of the ESA for issuance of a section 10(a)(1)(B) incidental take permit (ITP). The Service developed the GCP to provide a streamlined mechanism for proponents engaged in in activities associated with the installation and operation of vineyards, crops, and other agricultural development, to meet statutory and regulatory requirements while promoting conservation of the Santa Barbara County distinct population segment (DPS) of the California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense). Permits issued under the GCP would authorize incidental take of the Santa Barbara County DPS of the California tiger salamander for up to 20 years after the plan becomes effective. Draft Categorical Exclusion The Service prepared the draft CatEx in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human environment resulting from issuing permits under the GCP. jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Background The Service listed the Santa Barbara County DPS of the California tiger salamander as endangered on September 21, 2000 (65 FR 57242). Section 9 of the ESA and its implementing regulations prohibit the take of fish or wildlife species listed as endangered or threatened. ‘‘Take’’ is defined under the ESA to include the following activities: ‘‘[T]o harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct’’ (16 U.S.C. 1532); however, under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA, we may issue permits to authorize incidental take of listed species. ‘‘Incidental take’’ is defined by the ESA as take that is incidental to, and not the purpose of, carrying out of an otherwise lawful activity. Regulations governing incidental take permits for threatened and endangered species are in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17.32 and 17.22, respectively. Issuance of an incidental take permit also must not jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plant species. The permittees would receive assurances under our ‘‘No Surprises’’ regulations ((50 CFR 17.22(b)(5) and 17.32(b)(5)) regarding conservation activities for the Santa Barbara County DPS of the California tiger salamander. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:42 Aug 02, 2019 Jkt 247001 38039 Proposed Action DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR The proposed action is approval of the GCP and subsequent issuance of permits. The Service prepared the GCP to provide a more efficient and standardized mechanism for proponents in activities associated with the installation and operation of vineyards, crops, and other agricultural development on non-Federal lands. The GCP meets the permit issuance criteria as required by section 10(a)(2)(B) of the ESA and enables the construct of a programmatic permitting and conservation process to address a defined suite of proposed activities over a defined planning area. The proposed GCP would allow private individuals, local and State agencies, and other nonFederal entities to meet the statutory and regulatory requirements of the ESA by applying for permits and complying with the requirements of the GCP, including all applicable avoidance, minimization, and mitigation actions. The draft CatEx provides the required NEPA documentation for the proposed Federal action, which is approval of a conservation plan and subsequent issuance of permits pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. The CatEx also provides baseline environmental information, and a discussion of impacts to the human and natural environment that may occur as a result of implementation of the proposed GCP. Geological Survey Public Availability of Comments 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 view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32) and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Stephen Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, California. [FR Doc. 2019–16626 Filed 8–2–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [GX19DK40FGUK0100; OMB Control Number 1028–0097] Agency Information Collection Activities; State Water Resources Research Institute Program Annual Application, National Competitive Grants, and Reporting U.S. Geological Survey, Interior. ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are proposing to renew an information collection. SUMMARY: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 4, 2019. ADDRESSES: Send your comments on this information collection request (ICR) by mail to U.S. Geological Survey, Information Collections Officer, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 159, Reston, VA 20192; or by email to gs-info_ collections@usgs.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 1028–0097 in the subject line of your comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information about this ICR, contact Earl Greene by email at eagreene@usgs.gov or by telephone at 571–332–4184. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. We are soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper functions of the USGS; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the USGS enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the USGS minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including DATES: E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 150 (Monday, August 5, 2019)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2019-N063; FXES11140800000-190-FF08EVEN00]


Draft Categorical Exclusion and Draft General Conservation Plan 
for Cultivation Activities in Santa Barbara County, California

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
availability of a draft general conservation plan (GCP), as well as the 
associated draft categorical exclusion (CatEx), for cultivation 
activities in Santa Barbara County, California. The Service developed 
the GCP in accordance with the Endangered Species Act to provide a 
streamlined mechanism for proponents engaged in activities associated 
with agricultural development, to meet statutory and regulatory 
requirements while promoting conservation of the Santa Barbara County 
distinct population segment of the California tiger salamander. The 
Service prepared the draft CatEx in accordance with the National 
Environmental Policy Act to evaluate the potential effects to the 
natural and human environment resulting from issuing permits under the 
GCP. We invite public comment on these documents.

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before September 4, 
2019.

ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download a copy of the draft 
GCP and draft CatEx at http://www.fws.gov/ventura/, or you may request 
copies of the documents by U.S. mail (below) or by phone (see FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).
    Submitting Written Comments: Please send us your written comments 
using one of the following methods:
     U.S. mail: Stephen P. Henry, Field Supervisor, Ventura 
Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2493 Portola 
Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA 93003.
     Email: [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Henry, Fish and Wildlife 
Biologist, by phone at 805-677-3312, via the Federal Relay Service at 
1-800-877-8339 for TTY assistance, or at the Ventura address (see 
ADDRESSES).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Service), announce the availability of a draft general conservation 
plan (GCP), as well as the associated draft categorical exclusion 
(CatEx), for cultivation activities in Santa Barbara County. We invite 
public comment on these documents.

Draft General Conservation Plan

    The draft GCP was developed by the Service in accordance with 
section 10(a)(2)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended 
(ESA; 16

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U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The GCP meets the issuance criteria as required 
by section 10(a)(2)(B) of the ESA for issuance of a section 10(a)(1)(B) 
incidental take permit (ITP). The Service developed the GCP to provide 
a streamlined mechanism for proponents engaged in in activities 
associated with the installation and operation of vineyards, crops, and 
other agricultural development, to meet statutory and regulatory 
requirements while promoting conservation of the Santa Barbara County 
distinct population segment (DPS) of the California tiger salamander 
(Ambystoma californiense). Permits issued under the GCP would authorize 
incidental take of the Santa Barbara County DPS of the California tiger 
salamander for up to 20 years after the plan becomes effective.

Draft Categorical Exclusion

    The Service prepared the draft CatEx in accordance with the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.) to evaluate the potential effects to the natural and human 
environment resulting from issuing permits under the GCP.

Background

    The Service listed the Santa Barbara County DPS of the California 
tiger salamander as endangered on September 21, 2000 (65 FR 57242).
    Section 9 of the ESA and its implementing regulations prohibit the 
take of fish or wildlife species listed as endangered or threatened. 
``Take'' is defined under the ESA to include the following activities: 
``[T]o harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, 
or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct'' (16 U.S.C. 
1532); however, under section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA, we may issue 
permits to authorize incidental take of listed species. ``Incidental 
take'' is defined by the ESA as take that is incidental to, and not the 
purpose of, carrying out of an otherwise lawful activity. Regulations 
governing incidental take permits for threatened and endangered species 
are in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17.32 and 17.22, 
respectively. Issuance of an incidental take permit also must not 
jeopardize the existence of federally listed fish, wildlife, or plant 
species. The permittees would receive assurances under our ``No 
Surprises'' regulations ((50 CFR 17.22(b)(5) and 17.32(b)(5)) regarding 
conservation activities for the Santa Barbara County DPS of the 
California tiger salamander.

Proposed Action

    The proposed action is approval of the GCP and subsequent issuance 
of permits. The Service prepared the GCP to provide a more efficient 
and standardized mechanism for proponents in activities associated with 
the installation and operation of vineyards, crops, and other 
agricultural development on non-Federal lands. The GCP meets the permit 
issuance criteria as required by section 10(a)(2)(B) of the ESA and 
enables the construct of a programmatic permitting and conservation 
process to address a defined suite of proposed activities over a 
defined planning area. The proposed GCP would allow private 
individuals, local and State agencies, and other non-Federal entities 
to meet the statutory and regulatory requirements of the ESA by 
applying for permits and complying with the requirements of the GCP, 
including all applicable avoidance, minimization, and mitigation 
actions.
    The draft CatEx provides the required NEPA documentation for the 
proposed Federal action, which is approval of a conservation plan and 
subsequent issuance of permits pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the 
ESA. The CatEx also provides baseline environmental information, and a 
discussion of impacts to the human and natural environment that may 
occur as a result of implementation of the proposed GCP.

Public Availability of Comments

    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 view, we cannot guarantee that we will be able 
to do so.

Authority

    We provide this notice under section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 
1531 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32) 
and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and its implementing regulations (40 
CFR 1506.6).

Stephen Henry,
Field Supervisor, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, Ventura, 
California.
[FR Doc. 2019-16626 Filed 8-2-19; 8:45 am]
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