Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Habitat Conservation Plan; San Bernardino County, CA, 29474-29475 [2020-10120]

Download as PDF 29474 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 95 / Friday, May 15, 2020 / Notices TOTAL ESTIMATED BURDENS Information collection Number of respondents Frequency of response Burden hour per response Annual burden hours Hourly cost per response Annual cost HUD–52722 ................. HUD–52723 ................. 7,000 7,000 1 1 0.75 0.75 5,250 5,250 5,250 5,250 $33.34 33.34 $175,035 175,035 Total ...................... ........................ ........................ ........................ 10,500 ........................ ........................ 350,070 B. 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Fish and Wildlife Service Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. The Deputy Assistant Director for the Office of Policy, Programs and Legislative Initiatives, Merrie Nichols-Dixon having reviewed and approved this document, is delegating the authority to electronically sign this document to submitter, Nacheshia Foxx, who is the Federal Register Liaison for HUD, for purposes of publication in the Federal Register. Dated: May 5, 2020. Nacheshia Foxx, Federal Register Liaison for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. [FR Doc. 2020–10452 Filed 5–14–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Responses per annum [FWS–R8–ES–2020–N062; FXES11140000– 201–FF08E00000] Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Habitat Conservation Plan; San Bernardino County, CA Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a final environmental impact statement (EIS) analyzing the impacts of issuance of two incidental take permits (ITPs) under the Endangered Species Act for implementation of the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Our proposed decision is to issue 30-year ITPs to the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District (District) and the San Bernardino County Flood Control District (SBCFCD) covering two federally listed animal species, two federally listed plant species, and one non-listed animal species. The HCP covers activities for water conservation, aggregate mining, recreation, flood control, and other public services in San Bernardino County, California. The final EIS is a joint Environmental Impact Statement/ Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIS/SEIR). The final SEIR portion of the joint document was prepared by the District in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. DATES: This notice initiates the availability of the final EIS. A record of decision will be signed no sooner than 30 days after the publication of this notice of availability in the Federal Register. SUMMARY: Obtaining Documents: You may obtain the documents by the following methods. • Internet: https://www.fws.gov/ carlsbad/HCPs/HCP_Docs.html or https://sbvwcd.org. ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 May 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact either of the two following individuals for more information: • Karin Cleary-Rose, USFWS, via email to karin_cleary-rose@fws.gov, telephone at 760–322–2070, or U.S. mail at 777 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 208, Palm Springs, CA 92262; or • Daniel Cozad, via email to dcozad@ sbvwcd.org. TTY users can contact the above individuals by calling 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Service received applications submitted by the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District (District, applicant), and the San Bernardino County Flood Control District (SBCFCD, applicant) for incidental take permits (ITPs) under section 10 (a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The final environmental impact statement (EIS) was developed in compliance with the Service’s decision-making requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and analyzes three alternatives, including the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) submitted by the applicants. The applicants’ proposed HCP covers five species (two federally listed animal species, two federally listed plant species, and one non-listed animal species). The HCP covers activities for water conservation, aggregate mining, recreation, flood control, and other public services in San Bernardino County, California. The EIS is a joint Environmental Impact Statement/ Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIS/SEIR). The SEIR portion of the joint document was prepared by the District in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. The EIS/SEIR evaluates the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of several alternatives related to the Service’s decision whether to issue ITPs in response to the District’s and SBCFCD’s applications. The project area lies within San Bernardino County, primarily in the cities of Highland and Redlands, as well as within the unincorporated County area. The plan area encompasses approximately 4,892 acres. E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1 29475 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 95 / Friday, May 15, 2020 / Notices Background Section 9 of the ESA prohibits the ‘‘take’’ of fish and wildlife species federally listed as endangered without special exemption. Federal regulations promulgated under section 4(d) of the ESA may also prohibit take of fish and wildlife species federally listed as threatened. Take of the coastal California gnatcatcher (the only threatened animal species covered by the HCP) is prohibited by regulation. ‘‘Take’’ of federally listed fish or wildlife is defined under the ESA as to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect listed species, or attempt to engage in such conduct (16 U.S.C. 1538). ‘‘Harm’’ includes significant habitat modification or degradation that actually kills or injures listed wildlife by significantly impairing essential behavioral patterns, including breeding, feeding, and sheltering (50 CFR 17.3). Under limited circumstances, we may issue permits to authorize take that is incidental to and not the purpose of otherwise lawful activities. Habitat Conservation Plan Covered Activities The Service’s proposed action is to issue ITPs to the applicants consistent with the Upper Santa Ana River Wash HCP. The HCP covers two types of activities in the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Plan project area: • Activities related to the operations and maintenance of existing facilities or land uses already in operation in the Wash, covering an area totaling 166.9 acres; and • Expansion or enhancement of facilities planned for the Wash area, totaling 634.1 acres. Habitat Conservation Plan Covered Species The proposed ITPs would cover five species. Incidental take authorization would be provided under the ITPs for the wildlife species; the plant species are included in recognition of the conservation measures provided under the HCP and to provide No Surprises assurances to the applicants for the covered plants under 50 CFR 17.22(b)(5). The applicant’s HCP includes the following species: Species Federal listing status Coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica) ...................................................................... San Bernardino kangaroo rat (Dipodomys merriami parvus) ............................................................................ Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) .............................................................................................. Santa Ana River woolly-star (Eriastrum densifolium ssp. sanctorum) .............................................................. Slender-horned spineflower (Dodecahema leptoceras) .................................................................................... jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES The HCP proposes conservation measures considered necessary to minimize and mitigate, to the maximum extent practicable, the impacts of the incidental taking of covered species in the HCP. National Environmental Policy Act Compliance The EIS/SEIR addresses the Federal and local actions associated with the proposed issuance of the ITPs and implementation of the HCP and covered activities. We published a notice of intent to prepare a draft EIS/SEIR in the Federal Register on March 3, 2015 (80 FR 11463), and we published the notice of availability of the draft EIS/SEIR on December 9, 2019 (84 FR 67292), which included a 45-day public comment period. The EIS/SEIR analyzes three alternatives: The No Action Alternative, the Proposed Action Alternative, and Action Alternative 1. The Service has identified the Proposed Action Alternative as the preferred alternative. We received 13 comment letters on the draft EIS/SEIR and the proposed HCP. A response to each comment received in these letters has been included in the final EIS/SEIR. Minor revisions to the final EIS/SEIR or to the final HCP have been made to address the comments received on the draft documents. The descriptions and analysis of the three alternatives analyzed in the final EIS/ SEIR generally remain the same as presented in the draft EIS/SEIR. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:09 May 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 EPA’s Role in the EIS Process In addition to this notice, the EPA is publishing a notice in the Federal Register announcing this EIS, as required under section 309 of the Clean Air Act. The publication date of EPA’s notice of availability is the official beginning of the public comment period. EPA’s notices are published on Fridays. EPA serves as the repository (EIS database) for EISs prepared by Federal agencies. All EISs must be filed with EPA. You may search for EPA comments on EISs, along with EISs themselves, at https:// cdxnodengn.epa.gov/cdx-enepa-public/ action/eis/search. Public Review Any comments we receive will become part of the decision 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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Threatened. Endangered. Not listed. Endangered. Endangered. 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.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22), and NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and NEPA implementing regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). Michael Fris, Assistant Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2020–10120 Filed 5–14–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [Docket No. FWS–R4–ES–2020–0034; FXES11130400000EA–123–FF04EF1000] Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Orange County, FL; Categorical Exclusion Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comment and information. AGENCY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce receipt of an application from Lennar Homes (applicant) for an incidental take permit SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15MYN1.SGM 15MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R8-ES-2020-N062; FXES11140000-201-FF08E00000]


Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Upper Santa Ana 
River Wash Habitat Conservation Plan; San Bernardino County, CA

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
availability of a final environmental impact statement (EIS) analyzing 
the impacts of issuance of two incidental take permits (ITPs) under the 
Endangered Species Act for implementation of the Upper Santa Ana River 
Wash Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Our proposed decision is to issue 
30-year ITPs to the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District 
(District) and the San Bernardino County Flood Control District 
(SBCFCD) covering two federally listed animal species, two federally 
listed plant species, and one non-listed animal species. The HCP covers 
activities for water conservation, aggregate mining, recreation, flood 
control, and other public services in San Bernardino County, 
California. The final EIS is a joint Environmental Impact Statement/
Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIS/SEIR). The final SEIR 
portion of the joint document was prepared by the District in 
compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.

DATES: This notice initiates the availability of the final EIS. A 
record of decision will be signed no sooner than 30 days after the 
publication of this notice of availability in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may obtain the documents by the 
following methods.
     Internet: https://www.fws.gov/carlsbad/HCPs/HCP_Docs.html 
or https://sbvwcd.org.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact either of the two following 
individuals for more information:
     Karin Cleary-Rose, USFWS, via email to [email protected], telephone at 760-322-2070, or U.S. mail at 777 E Tahquitz 
Canyon Way, Suite 208, Palm Springs, CA 92262; or
     Daniel Cozad, via email to [email protected].
    TTY users can contact the above individuals by calling 800-877-
8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Service received applications submitted 
by the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District (District, 
applicant), and the San Bernardino County Flood Control District 
(SBCFCD, applicant) for incidental take permits (ITPs) under section 10 
(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 
1531 et seq.). The final environmental impact statement (EIS) was 
developed in compliance with the Service's decision-making requirements 
under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.) and analyzes three alternatives, including the Upper Santa Ana 
River Wash Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) submitted by the applicants. 
The applicants' proposed HCP covers five species (two federally listed 
animal species, two federally listed plant species, and one non-listed 
animal species). The HCP covers activities for water conservation, 
aggregate mining, recreation, flood control, and other public services 
in San Bernardino County, California. The EIS is a joint Environmental 
Impact Statement/Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIS/SEIR). 
The SEIR portion of the joint document was prepared by the District in 
compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. The EIS/SEIR 
evaluates the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of several 
alternatives related to the Service's decision whether to issue ITPs in 
response to the District's and SBCFCD's applications. The project area 
lies within San Bernardino County, primarily in the cities of Highland 
and Redlands, as well as within the unincorporated County area. The 
plan area encompasses approximately 4,892 acres.

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Background

    Section 9 of the ESA prohibits the ``take'' of fish and wildlife 
species federally listed as endangered without special exemption. 
Federal regulations promulgated under section 4(d) of the ESA may also 
prohibit take of fish and wildlife species federally listed as 
threatened. Take of the coastal California gnatcatcher (the only 
threatened animal species covered by the HCP) is prohibited by 
regulation.
    ``Take'' of federally listed fish or wildlife is defined under the 
ESA as to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, 
capture, or collect listed species, or attempt to engage in such 
conduct (16 U.S.C. 1538). ``Harm'' includes significant habitat 
modification or degradation that actually kills or injures listed 
wildlife by significantly impairing essential behavioral patterns, 
including breeding, feeding, and sheltering (50 CFR 17.3). Under 
limited circumstances, we may issue permits to authorize take that is 
incidental to and not the purpose of otherwise lawful activities.

Habitat Conservation Plan Covered Activities

    The Service's proposed action is to issue ITPs to the applicants 
consistent with the Upper Santa Ana River Wash HCP. The HCP covers two 
types of activities in the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Plan project 
area:
     Activities related to the operations and maintenance of 
existing facilities or land uses already in operation in the Wash, 
covering an area totaling 166.9 acres; and
     Expansion or enhancement of facilities planned for the 
Wash area, totaling 634.1 acres.

Habitat Conservation Plan Covered Species

    The proposed ITPs would cover five species. Incidental take 
authorization would be provided under the ITPs for the wildlife 
species; the plant species are included in recognition of the 
conservation measures provided under the HCP and to provide No 
Surprises assurances to the applicants for the covered plants under 50 
CFR 17.22(b)(5). The applicant's HCP includes the following species:

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                  Species                       Federal listing status
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Coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila   Threatened.
 californica californica).
San Bernardino kangaroo rat (Dipodomys       Endangered.
 merriami parvus).
Cactus wren (Campylorhynchus                 Not listed.
 brunneicapillus).
Santa Ana River woolly-star (Eriastrum       Endangered.
 densifolium ssp. sanctorum).
Slender-horned spineflower (Dodecahema       Endangered.
 leptoceras).
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    The HCP proposes conservation measures considered necessary to 
minimize and mitigate, to the maximum extent practicable, the impacts 
of the incidental taking of covered species in the HCP.

National Environmental Policy Act Compliance

    The EIS/SEIR addresses the Federal and local actions associated 
with the proposed issuance of the ITPs and implementation of the HCP 
and covered activities. We published a notice of intent to prepare a 
draft EIS/SEIR in the Federal Register on March 3, 2015 (80 FR 11463), 
and we published the notice of availability of the draft EIS/SEIR on 
December 9, 2019 (84 FR 67292), which included a 45-day public comment 
period.
    The EIS/SEIR analyzes three alternatives: The No Action 
Alternative, the Proposed Action Alternative, and Action Alternative 1. 
The Service has identified the Proposed Action Alternative as the 
preferred alternative. We received 13 comment letters on the draft EIS/
SEIR and the proposed HCP. A response to each comment received in these 
letters has been included in the final EIS/SEIR. Minor revisions to the 
final EIS/SEIR or to the final HCP have been made to address the 
comments received on the draft documents. The descriptions and analysis 
of the three alternatives analyzed in the final EIS/SEIR generally 
remain the same as presented in the draft EIS/SEIR.

EPA's Role in the EIS Process

    In addition to this notice, the EPA is publishing a notice in the 
Federal Register announcing this EIS, as required under section 309 of 
the Clean Air Act. The publication date of EPA's notice of availability 
is the official beginning of the public comment period. EPA's notices 
are published on Fridays.
    EPA serves as the repository (EIS database) for EISs prepared by 
Federal agencies. All EISs must be filed with EPA. You may search for 
EPA comments on EISs, along with EISs themselves, at https://cdxnodengn.epa.gov/cdx-enepa-public/action/eis/search.

Public Review

    Any comments we receive will become part of the decision 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 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.) and its implementing regulations (50 CFR 17.22), and NEPA 
(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and NEPA implementing regulations (40 CFR 
1506.6).

Michael Fris,
Assistant Regional Director, Pacific Southwest Region, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Sacramento, California.
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