Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications, 27237-27239 [2020-09749]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 89 / Thursday, May 7, 2020 / Notices impacts, and to disclose any irreversible commitments of resources. Proposed Action Alternative Under the Proposed Action Alternative, the Service would issue an ITP to the applicant for a period of 15 years for certain covered activities (described below). The applicant has requested an ITP for one covered species (described below), which is listed as threatened under the ESA. Habitat Conservation Plan Area The geographic scope of the draft HCP encompasses 2.98 acres, which encompasses both the 0.98-acre permanent impact and 2.00 acres of temporary impact areas. The project would result in the demolition of the existing water reservoir and replacing it with two new 120,000-gallon steelbolted reservoirs located at 263 El Toyonal, in the City of Orinda, Contra Costa County, California. Covered Activities The proposed ESA section 10 ITP would allow take of one covered species from covered activities in the proposed HCP area. The applicant is requesting incidental take authorization for covered activities, including site preparation, construction, and access road maintenance in the project area. The applicant is proposing to implement a number of project design features, including best management practices, as well as general and speciesspecific avoidance and minimization measures to minimize the impacts of the take from the covered activities. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Covered Species The Alameda whipsnake (Masticophis lateralis euryxanthus), a species federally listed as threatened, is proposed to be included as a covered species in the proposed HCP: No-Action Alternative Under the No-Action Alternative, the Service would not issue an ITP to the applicant, and the reservoir would not be constructed. The No-Action Alternative is not feasible, based on the purpose and need of the project. The existing reservoir is at the end of its useful life, due to deterioration of the structural materials. The metal on the existing reservoir is corroding, the roof is deteriorating, and the entire aging structure will eventually will be unable to maintain an adequate water supply and serve its intended function. EBMUD must replace this critical water distribution facility and improve the level of service in the pressure zones by raising the elevation of the proposed VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:45 May 06, 2020 Jkt 250001 27237 new dual Dos Osos Reservoirs. In addition, the project is necessary to increase operational flexibility by replacing the existing single reservoir with new dual Dos Osos Reservoirs. For these reasons, the No-Action Alternative has been rejected. confirms that issuance of the ITP will not jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered or threatened species, or destroy or adversely modify critical habitat, we will issue a permit to the applicant for the incidental take of the covered species. Public Comments We request data, comments, new information, or suggestions from the public, other concerned governmental agencies, the scientific community, Tribes, industry, or any other interested party on this notice, the draft CatEx, and the draft HCP. We particularly seek comments on the following: 1. Biological information concerning the species; 2. Relevant data concerning the species; 3. Additional information concerning the range, distribution, population size, and population trends of the species; 4. Current or planned activities in the area and their possible impacts on the species; 5. The presence of archeological sites, buildings and structures, historic events, sacred and traditional areas, and other historic preservation concerns, which are required to be considered in project planning by the National Historic Preservation Act; and 6. Any other environmental issues that should be considered with regard to the proposed development and permit action. Authority Public Availability of Comments Before including your address, phone number, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—might 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. Next Steps Issuance of an incidental take permit is a Federal proposed action subject to compliance with NEPA and section 7 of the ESA. We will evaluate the application, associated documents, and any public comments we receive as part of our NEPA compliance process to determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA. If we determine that those requirements are met, we will conduct an intra-Service consultation under section 7 of the ESA for the Federal action for the potential issuance of an ITP. If the intra-Service consultation PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 We publish this notice under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321–4347 et seq.), and its implementing regulations at 40 CFR 1500–1508, as well as in compliance with section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531–1544 et seq.) and its implementing regulations at 40 CFR 17.22. Jennifer Norris, Field Supervisor, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2020–09804 Filed 5–6–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–ES–2020–N075; FXES11130800000–201–FF08E00000] Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received applications for permits to conduct activities intended to enhance the propagation or survival of endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on these applications. Before issuing any of the requested permits, we will take into consideration any information that we receive during the public comment period. SUMMARY: We must receive your written comments on or before June 8, 2020. ADDRESSES: Document availability and comment submission: Submit requests for copies of the applications and related documents and submit any comments by email to permitsr8es@ fws.gov. All requests and comments should specify the applicant name(s) and application number(s) (e.g., TEXXXXXX). DATES: E:\FR\FM\07MYN1.SGM 07MYN1 27238 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 89 / Thursday, May 7, 2020 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Krijgsman, via phone at 760– 431–9440, via email at permitsr8es@ fws.gov, or via the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339 for TTY assistance. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on applications for permits under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The requested permits would allow the applicants to conduct activities intended to promote recovery of species that are listed as endangered or threatened under the ESA. Background With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits activities that constitute take of listed species unless a Federal permit CFR 17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened plant species. Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment Proposed activities in the following permit requests are for the recovery and enhancement of propagation or survival of the species in the wild. The ESA requires that we invite public comment before issuing these permits. Accordingly, we invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies and the public to submit written data, views, or arguments with respect to these applications. The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and likely to influence agency decisions are those supported by quantitative information or studies. Application No. Applicant, city, state Species Location Take activity TE–76006B ... Zoological Society of San Diego, San Diego, California. Rory Telemeco, Fresno, California ... • Mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa). • Blunt-nosed leopard lizard (Gambelia silus). CA ....... Amend. TE–007907 .... U.S. Geological Survey, Klamath Falls, Oregon. OR, NV TE–53825B ... Zoological Society of San Diego, San Diego, California. Lindsay Messett, Long Beach, California. • Lost River sucker (Deltistes luxatus). • Shortnose sucker (Chasmistes brevirostris). • White River spinedace (Lepidomeda albivallis). • California least tern (Sterna antillarum browni). • Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino). • Southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus). • California jewelflower (Caulanthus californicus). • San Joaquin wooly-threads (Monolopia (=Lembertia) congdonii). • Conservancy fairy shrimp (Branchinecta conservatio). • Longhorn fairy shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna). • San Diego fairy shrimp (Branchinecta sandiegonensis). • Riverside fairy shrimp (Streptocephalus woottoni). • Vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi). • Morro Bay kangaroo rat (Dipodomys heermanni morroensis). • Giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens). • Tipton kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides nitratoides). • Fresno kangaroo rat (Dipodomys nitratoides exilis). Conduct interspecific competition research with native freshwater taxa. Perform population, life history, nesting, and development research by collecting eggs, captive rear, and releasing into the wild; capture, handle, mark, collect tissue, perform ultrasound, collect morphological data, radio track, and place data loggers near nests. Capture, handle, mark, insert passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags, collect specimens, collect gametes, translocate, use data loggers in habitat, and electrofish. Capture, band, release, install cameras, monitor nests. Pursue and play taped vocalizations Amend. TE–75190D ... TE–067064 .... khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES is issued that allows such activity. The ESA’s definition of ‘‘take’’ includes such activities as pursuing, harassing, trapping, capturing, or collecting in addition to hunting, shooting, harming, wounding, or killing. A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered or threatened species for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for enhancement of propagation or survival of the species. These activities often include such prohibited actions as capture and collection. Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife species, 50 TE–163671 .... Ryan O’Dell, Marina, California ......... TE–66265D ... Donna Noce, Bakersfield, California Public Availability of Comments Written comments we receive become part of the administrative record associated with this action. Before VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:45 May 06, 2020 Jkt 250001 CA ....... CA ....... CA ....... Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 New. Renew and amend. Renew and amend. CA ....... Collect seed, whole plants, and plant parts. Renew and amend. CA ....... Survey, capture, handle, release, and collect vouchers. New. 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 PO 00000 Permit action personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can request in your comment that we withhold your personal identifying information from public E:\FR\FM\07MYN1.SGM 07MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 89 / Thursday, May 7, 2020 / Notices 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. Next Steps If we decide to issue permits to any of the applicants listed in this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register. Authority We publish this notice under section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Angela Picco, Acting Chief of Ecological Services, Pacific Southwest Region, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2020–09749 Filed 5–6–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R3–ES–2020–N076; FXES11130300000–201–FF03E00000] Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Application No. Applicant Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments. ACTION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received applications for permits to conduct activities intended to enhance the propagation or survival of endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on these applications. Before issuing any of the requested permits, we will take into consideration any information that we receive during the public comment period. DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before June 8, 2020. ADDRESSES: Document availability and comment submission: Submit requests for copies of the applications and related documents, as well as any comments, by one of the following methods. All requests and comments should specify the applicant name(s) and application number(s) (e.g., TEXXXXXX; see table in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION): • Email: permitsR3ES@fws.gov. Please refer to the respective application number (e.g., Application No. TEXXXXXX) in the subject line of your email message. • U.S. Mail: Regional Director, Attn: Nathan Rathbun, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437–1458. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nathan Rathbun, 612–713–5343 SUMMARY: Background The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), prohibits certain activities with endangered and threatened species unless authorized by a Federal permit. The ESA and our implementing regulations in part 17 of title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) provide for the issuance of such permits and require that we invite public comment before issuing permits for activities involving endangered species. A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered species for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for enhancement of propagation or survival of the species. Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are found at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened plant species. Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment We invite local, State, and Federal agencies; Tribes; and the public to comment on the following applications: Conduct captive breeding, rearing, and reintroduction. Conduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts, conduct captive propagation and health assessment research. Capture, handle, long-term hold, captive rear, release. Collect, mark, temporary hold, collect hemolymph samples, release. Renew. Conduct presence/absence surveys, document habitat use, conduct population monitoring, evaluate impacts. Conduct presence/absence surveys; document habitat use; conduct population monitoring; evaluate impacts; conduct captive propagation, population assessment, and genetic research. Capture, handle, temporary hold, release, relocate. New. Add new activities—implant radio transmitter; collect tissue, fecal, and blood samples; collect eggs; kill—to existing authorized activities: Capture, handle, tag, collect fin samples, transport, hold, release. Amend. MO ........... TE75401D ....... U.S. Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, La Crosse, WI. MN, WI ..... TE75495D ....... Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Petoskey, MI. Higgins eye (pearlymussel) (Lampsilis higginsii), sheepnose mussel (Plethobasus cyphyus), snuffbox mussel (Epioblasma triquetra), spectaclecase (mussel) (Cumberlandia monodonta), winged mapleleaf (Quadrula fragosa). Hungerford’s crawling water beetle (Brychius hungerfordi). TE120259 ........ Missouri Department of Conservation, Resource Science, Chillicothe, MO. Pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus). KS, MO .... PO 00000 Frm 00036 MI ............. Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\07MYN1.SGM Type of take Permit action Activity Topeka Shiner (Notropis topeka). Jkt 250001 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Location MO Department of Conservation, Warsaw, MO. 16:45 May 06, 2020 (phone); permitsR3ES@fws.gov (email). Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339 for TTY assistance. Species TE71730A ....... VerDate Sep<11>2014 27239 07MYN1 New.

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 89 (Thursday, May 7, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27237-27239]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-09749]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2020-N075; FXES11130800000-201-FF08E00000]


Endangered and Threatened Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit 
Applications

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received 
applications for permits to conduct activities intended to enhance the 
propagation or survival of endangered or threatened species under the 
Endangered Species Act. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, 
and Federal agencies to comment on these applications. Before issuing 
any of the requested permits, we will take into consideration any 
information that we receive during the public comment period.

DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before June 8, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Document availability and comment submission: Submit 
requests for copies of the applications and related documents and 
submit any comments by email to [email protected]. All requests and 
comments should specify the applicant name(s) and application number(s) 
(e.g., TEXXXXXX).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Krijgsman, via phone at 760-
431-9440, via email at [email protected], or via the Federal Relay 
Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
invite the public to comment on applications for permits under section 
10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 
1531 et seq.). The requested permits would allow the applicants to 
conduct activities intended to promote recovery of species that are 
listed as endangered or threatened under the ESA.

Background

    With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits activities that constitute 
take of listed species unless a Federal permit is issued that allows 
such activity. The ESA's definition of ``take'' includes such 
activities as pursuing, harassing, trapping, capturing, or collecting 
in addition to hunting, shooting, harming, wounding, or killing.
    A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA 
authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered or 
threatened species for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for 
enhancement of propagation or survival of the species. These activities 
often include such prohibited actions as capture and collection. Our 
regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are 
found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered 
wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife species, 50 CFR 
17.62 for endangered plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened 
plant species.

Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment

    Proposed activities in the following permit requests are for the 
recovery and enhancement of propagation or survival of the species in 
the wild. The ESA requires that we invite public comment before issuing 
these permits. Accordingly, we invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal 
agencies and the public to submit written data, views, or arguments 
with respect to these applications. The comments and recommendations 
that will be most useful and likely to influence agency decisions are 
those supported by quantitative information or studies.

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                     Applicant, city,
  Application No.          state             Species         Location     Take activity        Permit action
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TE-76006B.........  Zoological Society   Mountain  CA.........  Conduct            Amend.
                     of San Diego, San   yellow-legged                   interspecific
                     Diego, California.  frog (Rana                      competition
                                         muscosa).                       research with
                                                                         native
                                                                         freshwater taxa.
TE-75190D.........  Rory Telemeco,       Blunt-    CA.........  Perform            New.
                     Fresno,             nosed leopard                   population, life
                     California.         lizard (Gambelia                history,
                                         silus).                         nesting, and
                                                                         development
                                                                         research by
                                                                         collecting eggs,
                                                                         captive rear,
                                                                         and releasing
                                                                         into the wild;
                                                                         capture, handle,
                                                                         mark, collect
                                                                         tissue, perform
                                                                         ultrasound,
                                                                         collect
                                                                         morphological
                                                                         data, radio
                                                                         track, and place
                                                                         data loggers
                                                                         near nests.
TE-007907.........  U.S. Geological      Lost      OR, NV.....  Capture, handle,   Renew and amend.
                     Survey, Klamath     River sucker                    mark, insert
                     Falls, Oregon.      (Deltistes                      passive
                                         luxatus).                       integrated
                                                                 transponder
                                         Shortnose sucker                (PIT) tags,
                                         (Chasmistes                     collect
                                         brevirostris).                  specimens,
                                         White                   collect gametes,
                                         River spinedace                 translocate, use
                                         (Lepidomeda                     data loggers in
                                         albivallis).                    habitat, and
                                                                         electrofish.
TE-53825B.........  Zoological Society             CA.........  Capture, band,     Amend.
                     of San Diego, San   California least                release, install
                     Diego, California.  tern (Sterna                    cameras, monitor
                                         antillarum                      nests.
                                         browni).
TE-067064.........  Lindsay Messett,     Quino     CA.........  Pursue and play    Renew and amend.
                     Long Beach,         checkerspot                     taped
                     California.         butterfly                       vocalizations.
                                         (Euphydryas
                                         editha quino).
                                        
                                         Southwestern
                                         willow
                                         flycatcher
                                         (Empidonax
                                         traillii
                                         extimus).
TE-163671.........  Ryan O'Dell,                   CA.........  Collect seed,      Renew and amend.
                     Marina,             California                      whole plants,
                     California.         jewelflower                     and plant parts.
                                         (Caulanthus
                                         californicus).
                                         San
                                         Joaquin wooly-
                                         threads
                                         (Monolopia
                                         (=Lembertia)
                                         congdonii).
TE-66265D.........  Donna Noce,                    CA.........  Survey, capture,   New.
                     Bakersfield,        Conservancy                     handle, release,
                     California.         fairy shrimp                    and collect
                                         (Branchinecta                   vouchers.
                                         conservatio).
                                         Longhorn
                                         fairy shrimp
                                         (Branchinecta
                                         longiantenna).
                                         San
                                         Diego fairy
                                         shrimp
                                         (Branchinecta
                                         sandiegonensis).
                                        
                                         Riverside fairy
                                         shrimp
                                         (Streptocephalus
                                         woottoni).
                                         Vernal
                                         pool tadpole
                                         shrimp
                                         (Lepidurus
                                         packardi).
                                         Morro
                                         Bay kangaroo rat
                                         (Dipodomys
                                         heermanni
                                         morroensis).
                                         Giant
                                         kangaroo rat
                                         (Dipodomys
                                         ingens).
                                         Tipton
                                         kangaroo rat
                                         (Dipodomys
                                         nitratoides
                                         nitratoides).
                                         Fresno
                                         kangaroo rat
                                         (Dipodomys
                                         nitratoides
                                         exilis).
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Public Availability of Comments

    Written comments we receive become part of the administrative 
record associated with this action. 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 request in your comment that we 
withhold your personal identifying information from public

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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.

Next Steps

    If we decide to issue permits to any of the applicants listed in 
this notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register.

Authority

    We publish this notice under section 10(c) of the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

Angela Picco,
Acting Chief of Ecological Services, Pacific Southwest Region, 
Sacramento, California.
[FR Doc. 2020-09749 Filed 5-6-20; 8:45 am]
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