Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Management Plan for the Proposed Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve, 33123-33124 [2020-11680]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 105 / Monday, June 1, 2020 / Notices revisiting possible recommendations for Gulf of Maine cod and Gulf of Maine haddock management measures for fishing year 2020. The Panel will receive an overview of groundfish specifications and management measures anticipated to be included in the action, which will be initiated at the June 2020 Council meeting as well as an overview from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center regarding the management track assessment plans and Assessment Oversight Panel results from their May 27 meeting. They will also receive an introduction of the Executive Order on Promoting Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth. The Panel will provide recommendations to the Groundfish Committee, as appropriate. Other business will be discussed, as necessary. 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The PAC supports the work of the U.S. National Section to the WCPFC in an advisory capacity. The U.S. National Section is made up of the U.S. Commissioners and the Department of State. NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office provides administrative and technical support to the PAC in cooperation with the Department of State. More information on the WCPFC, established under the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, can be found on the WCPFC website: http:// www.wcpfc.int. Meeting Topics The purpose of the July 7, 2020, conference call is to discuss U.S. priorities leading up to the 2020 regular session of the WCPFC (WCPFC17) and potential management measures for tropical tunas and other issues of interest. Special Accommodations The conference call is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Emily Reynolds at 808–725–5039 by June 23, 2020. (Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6902 et seq.) Dated: May 26, 2020. He´le`ne M.N. Scalliet, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–11632 Filed 5–29–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Management Plan for the Proposed Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve Office for Coastal Management (OCM), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce. AGENCY: ACTION: E:\FR\FM\01JNN1.SGM Notice of intent. 01JNN1 33124 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 105 / Monday, June 1, 2020 / Notices NOAA and the State of Connecticut (State) intend to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Draft Management Plan (DMP) for the proposed Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). The DEIS will consider the human and environmental consequences of federally designating the State’s proposed site and alternatives, and identify a final boundary. The DMP will provide a framework for operating the proposed site if approved by NOAA and will include plans for administration, research, education, and facilities. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erica Seiden, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, NOAA, 1305 East West Highway, N/ OCM, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 240–533–0781 or Email: erica.seiden@ noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with Section 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, and its implementing regulations (15 CFR part 921), and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, NOAA and the State intend to prepare a DEIS and DMP for the proposed Connecticut NERR. NOAA received the State’s nomination of the proposed site on January 3, 2019. NOAA evaluated the nomination package and found that the proposed site met the NERR System requirements. (See 16 U.S.C. 1461(b).) NOAA informed the State on September 27, 2019, that it was accepting the nomination and that the next step would be to prepare a DEIS and DMP. The DEIS will consider the human and environmental consequences of designating the State’s recommended site and alternatives, as well as identify a final boundary. The DMP will set a course for operating the reserve once approved and will include plans for administration, research, education, and facilities of the proposed site. (See 15 CFR 921.13.) The proposed site consists of the following State-owned properties: Lord Cove Wildlife Management Area; Great Island Wildlife Management Area; Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve and Natural Area Preserve; Haley Farm State Park; and public trust waters including portions of Long Island Sound, the lower Thames River, and the lower Connecticut River. The proposed site resulted from a comprehensive evaluation process that sought the views of the public, affected landowners, and other interested parties. The State held an informal, widely-publicized kick-off meeting on jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:40 May 29, 2020 Jkt 250001 April 12, 2016, to describe the NERR System, explain the rationale for establishing a reserve in Connecticut, and identify a process for selecting and nominating a site to NOAA. Following the kick-off meeting, the State assembled a Site Selection Team composed of State agency representatives, academia, nongovernmental organizations, members of the public, and federal agencies. The team conducted preliminary screening, detailed screening, and scoring of potential sites that led to the preferred site. The State and NOAA held a public meeting on November 13, 2018, to solicit comments on the preferred site. (See 83 FR 54572.) A separate Federal Register notice will be published to announce a public scoping meeting to solicit comments on issues related to the proposed action. (See 15 CFR 921.13(c).) Options for the type, location, and date of a public scoping meeting are being evaluated. Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Number 11.420 (Coastal Zone Management) Research Reserves requested comments on both the proposed IHA and the potential for renewing the initial authorization if certain requirements were satisfied. The Renewal requirements have been satisfied, and NMFS is now providing an additional 15-day comment period to allow for any additional comments on the proposed Renewal not previously provided during the initial 30-day comment period. The Navy’s activities are considered military readiness activities pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (NDAA). DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than June 16, 2020. ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Jolie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. Physical comments should be sent to 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and electronic comments should be sent to ITP.DeJoseph@noaa.gov. Instructions: NMFS is not responsible for comments sent by any other method, Jeffrey L. Payne, to any other address or individual, or Director, Office for Coastal Management, received after the end of the comment National Ocean Service, National Oceanic period. All comments received are a and Atmospheric Administration. part of the public record and will [FR Doc. 2020–11680 Filed 5–29–20; 8:45 am] generally be posted online at https:// BILLING CODE 3510–JE–P www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/ incidental-take-authorizations-undermarine-mammal-protection-act without DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address) National Oceanic and Atmospheric voluntarily submitted by the commenter Administration may be publicly accessible. Do not [RTID 0648–XA169] submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to protected information. Specified Activities; Taking Marine FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mammals Incidental to the Renewal of Bonnie DeJoseph, Office of Protected U.S. Navy Target and Missile Launch Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401. Activities on San Nicolas Island Electronic copies of the original AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries application, Renewal request, and Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and supporting documents (including NMFS Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Federal Register notices of the original Commerce. proposed and final authorizations, and ACTION: Notice; request for comments on the previous IHA), as well as a list of the references cited in this document, may proposed Renewal incidental be obtained online at: https:// harassment authorization. www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/ SUMMARY: NMFS received a request from incidental-take-authorizations-underthe U.S. Navy (Navy) for the Renewal of marine-mammal-protection-act. In case their currently active incidental of problems accessing these documents, harassment authorization (IHA) to take please call the contact listed above. marine mammals incidental to target SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: and missile launch activities on San Nicolas Island (SNI). These activities are Background identical to those covered in the current The Marine Mammal Protection Act authorization. Pursuant to the Marine (MMPA) prohibits the ‘‘take’’ of marine Mammal Protection Act, prior to issuing mammals, with certain exceptions. the currently active IHA, NMFS Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\01JNN1.SGM 01JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and 
Draft Management Plan for the Proposed Connecticut National Estuarine 
Research Reserve

AGENCY: Office for Coastal Management (OCM), National Ocean Service 
(NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. 
Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of intent.

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SUMMARY: NOAA and the State of Connecticut (State) intend to prepare a 
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Draft Management Plan 
(DMP) for the proposed Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve 
(NERR). The DEIS will consider the human and environmental consequences 
of federally designating the State's proposed site and alternatives, 
and identify a final boundary. The DMP will provide a framework for 
operating the proposed site if approved by NOAA and will include plans 
for administration, research, education, and facilities.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erica Seiden, Office for Coastal 
Management, National Ocean Service, NOAA, 1305 East West Highway, N/
OCM, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 240-533-0781 or Email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with Section 315 of the 
Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, and its implementing 
regulations (15 CFR part 921), and the National Environmental Policy 
Act of 1969, as amended, NOAA and the State intend to prepare a DEIS 
and DMP for the proposed Connecticut NERR.
    NOAA received the State's nomination of the proposed site on 
January 3, 2019. NOAA evaluated the nomination package and found that 
the proposed site met the NERR System requirements. (See 16 U.S.C. 
1461(b).) NOAA informed the State on September 27, 2019, that it was 
accepting the nomination and that the next step would be to prepare a 
DEIS and DMP. The DEIS will consider the human and environmental 
consequences of designating the State's recommended site and 
alternatives, as well as identify a final boundary. The DMP will set a 
course for operating the reserve once approved and will include plans 
for administration, research, education, and facilities of the proposed 
site. (See 15 CFR 921.13.)
    The proposed site consists of the following State-owned properties: 
Lord Cove Wildlife Management Area; Great Island Wildlife Management 
Area; Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve and Natural Area 
Preserve; Haley Farm State Park; and public trust waters including 
portions of Long Island Sound, the lower Thames River, and the lower 
Connecticut River.
    The proposed site resulted from a comprehensive evaluation process 
that sought the views of the public, affected landowners, and other 
interested parties. The State held an informal, widely-publicized kick-
off meeting on April 12, 2016, to describe the NERR System, explain the 
rationale for establishing a reserve in Connecticut, and identify a 
process for selecting and nominating a site to NOAA. Following the 
kick-off meeting, the State assembled a Site Selection Team composed of 
State agency representatives, academia, non-governmental organizations, 
members of the public, and federal agencies. The team conducted 
preliminary screening, detailed screening, and scoring of potential 
sites that led to the preferred site. The State and NOAA held a public 
meeting on November 13, 2018, to solicit comments on the preferred 
site. (See 83 FR 54572.)
    A separate Federal Register notice will be published to announce a 
public scoping meeting to solicit comments on issues related to the 
proposed action. (See 15 CFR 921.13(c).) Options for the type, 
location, and date of a public scoping meeting are being evaluated.

Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Number 11.420
(Coastal Zone Management) Research Reserves

Jeffrey L. Payne,
Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2020-11680 Filed 5-29-20; 8:45 am]
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