Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Tracy Hills Project, San Joaquin County, California; Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Habitat Conservation Plan, 61964-61966 [2020-21738]

Download as PDF 61964 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 191 / Thursday, October 1, 2020 / Notices applications for permits to conduct activities intended to enhance the propagation or survival of endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on these applications. Before issuing 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 November 2, 2020. ADDRESSES: Use one of the following methods to request documents or submit comments. Requests and comments should specify the applicant name and application number (e.g., TE123456): • Email: permitsR5ES@fws.gov. • U.S. Mail: Abby Gelb, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Westgate Center Dr., Hadley, MA 01035. 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 Applicant Species Location TE76982D ......... T’ai Roulston, dba: University of Virginia, VA. Rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis). TE82615D ......... Downeast Salmon Federation, Dwayne Shaw, Columbia Falls, ME. White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery, Elkins, WV. Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin. Maine ............................ Guyandotte River crayfish (Cambarus veteranus). Public Availability of Comments jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Abby Gelb, 413–253–8212 (phone), or permitsR5ES@fws.gov (email). Individuals who are hearing or speech impaired may call 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 of 1973, 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 under the ESA. Application No. TE86602C ......... 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 review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Moreover, 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. Jkt 253001 Permit action New. Propagation, Transport, Release, Electrofish, Trap, Habitat restoration. New activity: Collect ...... Capture, Collect, Wound New. Capture, Collect ............ Amend. Section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Martin Miller, Chief, Division of Endangered Species, Ecological Services, North AtlanticAppalachian Region. [FR Doc. 2020–21650 Filed 9–30–20; 8:45 am] PO 00000 Type of take Capture, Collect ............ Authority DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2020–0041; FF08ESMF00–FXES11140800000–201] Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Tracy Hills Project, San Joaquin County, California; Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Habitat Conservation Plan Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability of permit application; request for comment. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of a draft environmental assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act. We also announce receipt of an application for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and receipt of a draft habitat conservation plan. The Tracy Hills Project Owner, LLC (THPO) has applied for an SUMMARY: If we decide to issue any permits to any of the applicants listed in this 22:13 Sep 30, 2020 We invite local, State, and Federal agencies; Tribes; and the public to comment on the following applications. Presence/absence survey, Research. notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register. BILLING CODE 4333–15–P Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment Activity Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia. Next Steps VerDate Sep<11>2014 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. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\01OCN1.SGM 01OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 191 / Thursday, October 1, 2020 / Notices incidental take permit under the ESA for the Tracy Hills Project in San Joaquin County, California. The permit would authorize the take of three species incidental to the development, construction, and conservation area management of the project. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on the application. Before issuing the requested permit, we will take into consideration any information that we receive during the public comment period. We must receive your written comments on or before November 2, 2020. DATES: Obtaining Documents: The incidental take permit (ITP) application, draft environmental assessment (draft EA), draft habitat conservation plan (HCP), and any comments and other materials that we receive are available for public inspection at http:// www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FWS–HQ–ES–2020–0041. Submitting Comments: To send written comments, please use one of the following methods, and note that your information request or comments are in reference to the draft EA, draft HCP, or both. • Internet: Submit comments at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS–R8–ES–2020–0041. • U.S. Mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. FWS–R8– ES–2020– 0041; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: PRB/3W; 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803. For more information, see Public Comments and Public Availability of Comments under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timothy Ludwick, Senior Wildlife Biologist, or Patricia Cole, Chief, San Joaquin Valley Division, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, by phone at 916–414–6600 or via the Federal Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft environmental assessment (EA), prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and its implementing regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 CFR 1506.6. This notice also announces the receipt of an application from the Tracy Hills Project Owner, LLC (applicant), for a 15-year incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:13 Sep 30, 2020 Jkt 253001 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Application for the permit requires the preparation of an HCP with measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate the impacts of incidental take to the maximum extent practicable. The applicant prepared the draft Tracy Hills Habitat Conservation Plan (draft HCP) pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. The purpose of the EA is to assess the effects of issuing the permit and implementing the draft HCP on the natural and human environment. Background Section 9 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531– 1544 et seq.) prohibits the taking of fish and wildlife species listed as endangered under the ESA; by regulation, take prohibitions are also applied to certain threatened species. Regulations governing permits for endangered and threatened species are at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32. For more about the Federal habitat conservation plan (HCP) program, go to http:// www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/ pdf/hcp.pdf. National Environmental Policy Act Compliance The proposed permit issuance triggers the need for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). The draft EA was prepared to analyze the impacts of issuing an ITP based on the draft HCP and to inform the public of the proposed action, any alternatives, and associated 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 three covered species (described below), which are listed under the Act. Habitat Conservation Plan Area The geographic scope of the draft HCP encompasses 3,876 acres (ac) in western San Joaquin County, California, including the 1,148-ac proposed Development Area and the 2,730-ac Conservation Easement Area that will be used to mitigate impacts from this development. Covered Activities The proposed section 10 ITP would allow take of three covered species from covered activities in the proposed HCP area. The applicant is requesting incidental take authorization for covered activities including site PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61965 preparation, infrastructure development, construction of the proposed project, and management of the conservation easement area. The applicant is proposing to implement a number of project design features, including best management practices, as well as general and species-specific avoidance and minimization measures to minimize the impacts of the take from the covered activities. Covered Species The following three federally listed species are proposed to be included as covered species in the proposed HCP: • San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica)—federally listed as endangered; • California red-legged frog (Rana aurora draytoni)—federally listed as threatened; • California tiger salamander— Central Valley Distinct Population Segment (Ambystoma californiense)— federally listed as threatened. No-Action Alternative Under the No-Action Alternative, the Service would not issue an ITP to the applicant, and the draft HCP would not be implemented. Under this alternative, the applicant may choose not to develop the project, or would do so in a manner designed not to result in the take of ESA-listed 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 EA, 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. E:\FR\FM\01OCN1.SGM 01OCN1 61966 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 191 / Thursday, October 1, 2020 / Notices Public Availability of Comments ACTION: 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. SUMMARY: 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 Act. 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 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. Authority 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 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32. Michael Senn, Acting Field Supervisor, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento, California. [FR Doc. 2020–21738 Filed 9–30–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–15–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Office of the Secretary Statement of Findings: Pechanga Band of Luisen˜o Mission Indians Water Rights Settlement Act Office of the Secretary, Interior. VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:13 Sep 30, 2020 The publication by the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) of this notice causes the settlement agreement executed in accordance with Section 3402 of the Pechanga Band of Luiseo Mission Indians Water Rights Settlement Act (Settlement Act) to become enforceable and causes waivers and releases of claims executed pursuant to Section 3407 of the Settlement Act to take effect. DATES: This notice takes effect on October 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Address all comments and requests for additional information to Douglas Garcia, Chair, Pechanga Settlement Implementation Team, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Regional Office, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95685, (916) 978– 6052, Douglas.Garcia@bia.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Congress enacted the Settlement Act as Title III, Subtitle D of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, Public Law 114–322. The Settlement Act was enacted to resolve the water right claims of the Pechanga Band of Luisen˜o Mission Indians (Pechanga Band) subject to an adjudication in the U.S. District Court (Adjudication Court) in United States v. Fallbrook Public Utility District, et al., Case No. 51–01247–GPC– RBB (S.D. Cal.). The Settlement Parties include the Pechanga Band, Rancho California Water District, and the United States. The Eastern Municipal Water District and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California are parties to various sub-agreements to the Pechanga Settlement Agreement (Settlement Agreement). The Settlement Act and Settlement Agreement quantify and define the Pechanga Band’s rights to water, including surface and groundwater within the Santa Margarita River watershed, that will be satisfied with local groundwater, imported recycled water, and imported potable water. The Settlement Agreement and various subagreements include the arrangements and infrastructure necessary to make this water available to the Pechanga Band. The United States contributed funding for imported water and infrastructure development. Statement of Findings [201D0102DM/DS6CS00000/ DLSN00000.000000/DX6CS25] AGENCY: Notice of statement of findings. Jkt 253001 In accordance with Section 3407(e) of the Settlement Act, I find as follows: (1) The Adjudication Court has issued a judgment and decree approving the conformed Settlement Agreement consistent with the Settlement Act; PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (2) All amounts authorized by the Settlement Act have been deposited into the Pechanga Settlement Fund; (3) The waivers and releases authorized in Section 3407(a) of the Settlement Act have been executed by the Pechanga Band and the Secretary; (4) The Extension of Service Area Agreement (ESAA) has been executed by the parties to that agreement and takes effect and is enforceable in accordance with its terms; and (5) The ESAA Water Delivery Agreement has been executed by the parties to that agreement and takes effect and is enforceable in accordance with its terms. Dated: September 22, 2020. David L. Bernhardt, Secretary of the Interior. [FR Doc. 2020–21748 Filed 9–30–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4334–63–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [FWS–R4–ES–2020–N002; FVHC98220410150–XXX–FF04H00000] Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group; Final Phase 2 Restoration Plan #1.2 and Environmental Assessment: Barataria Basin Ridge and Marsh Creation Project, Spanish Pass Increment and Lake Borgne Marsh Creation Project Increment One; and Finding of No Significant Impact Department of the Interior. Notice of availability. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the Final Programmatic Damage Assessment Restoration Plan/ Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PDARP/PEIS), and the Consent Decree, the Federal and State natural resource trustee agencies for the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) have prepared a Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Final Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #1.2: Barataria Basin Ridge and Marsh Creation Project Spanish Pass Increment and Lake Borgne Marsh Creation Project Increment One (Phase 2 RP/EA #1.2), and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The Phase 2 RP/EA #1.2 approves construction activities for the restoration of wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats injured in the Louisiana Restoration Area as a result of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill. The Phase 2 RP/EA #1.2 analyzes restoration project design SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\01OCN1.SGM 01OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

[Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2020-0041; FF08ESMF00-FXES11140800000-201]


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Tracy Hills 
Project, San Joaquin County, California; Draft Environmental Assessment 
and Draft Habitat Conservation Plan

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability of permit application; request for 
comment.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the 
availability of a draft environmental assessment under the National 
Environmental Policy Act. We also announce receipt of an application 
for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), 
and receipt of a draft habitat conservation plan. The Tracy Hills 
Project Owner, LLC (THPO) has applied for an

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incidental take permit under the ESA for the Tracy Hills Project in San 
Joaquin County, California. The permit would authorize the take of 
three species incidental to the development, construction, and 
conservation area management of the project. We invite the public and 
local, State, Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on the 
application. Before issuing the requested permit, 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 November 2, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: The incidental take permit (ITP) 
application, draft environmental assessment (draft EA), draft habitat 
conservation plan (HCP), and any comments and other materials that we 
receive are available for public inspection at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2020-0041.
    Submitting Comments: To send written comments, please use one of 
the following methods, and note that your information request or 
comments are in reference to the draft EA, draft HCP, or both.
     Internet: Submit comments at http://www.regulations.gov 
under Docket No. FWS-R8-ES-2020-0041.
     U.S. Mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. 
FWS-R8-ES-2020- 0041; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: 
PRB/3W; 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.
    For more information, see Public Comments and Public Availability 
of Comments under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timothy Ludwick, Senior Wildlife 
Biologist, or Patricia Cole, Chief, San Joaquin Valley Division, 
Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, by phone at 916-414-6600 or via 
the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(Service), announce the availability of a draft environmental 
assessment (EA), prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy 
Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and its 
implementing regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 
CFR 1506.6. This notice also announces the receipt of an application 
from the Tracy Hills Project Owner, LLC (applicant), for a 15-year 
incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 
as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Application for the permit 
requires the preparation of an HCP with measures to avoid, minimize, 
and mitigate the impacts of incidental take to the maximum extent 
practicable. The applicant prepared the draft Tracy Hills Habitat 
Conservation Plan (draft HCP) pursuant to section 10(a)(1)(B) of the 
ESA. The purpose of the EA is to assess the effects of issuing the 
permit and implementing the draft HCP on the natural and human 
environment.

Background

    Section 9 of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531-1544 et seq.) prohibits the 
taking of fish and wildlife species listed as endangered under the ESA; 
by regulation, take prohibitions are also applied to certain threatened 
species. Regulations governing permits for endangered and threatened 
species are at 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32. For more about the Federal 
habitat conservation plan (HCP) program, go to http://www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/hcp.pdf.

National Environmental Policy Act Compliance

    The proposed permit issuance triggers the need for compliance with 
the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). The draft EA was prepared to analyze the impacts 
of issuing an ITP based on the draft HCP and to inform the public of 
the proposed action, any alternatives, and associated 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 
three covered species (described below), which are listed under the 
Act.
Habitat Conservation Plan Area
    The geographic scope of the draft HCP encompasses 3,876 acres (ac) 
in western San Joaquin County, California, including the 1,148-ac 
proposed Development Area and the 2,730-ac Conservation Easement Area 
that will be used to mitigate impacts from this development.
Covered Activities
    The proposed section 10 ITP would allow take of three covered 
species from covered activities in the proposed HCP area. The applicant 
is requesting incidental take authorization for covered activities 
including site preparation, infrastructure development, construction of 
the proposed project, and management of the conservation easement area. 
The applicant is proposing to implement a number of project design 
features, including best management practices, as well as general and 
species-specific avoidance and minimization measures to minimize the 
impacts of the take from the covered activities.
Covered Species
    The following three federally listed species are proposed to be 
included as covered species in the proposed HCP:
     San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica)--federally 
listed as endangered;
     California red-legged frog (Rana aurora draytoni)--
federally listed as threatened;
     California tiger salamander--Central Valley Distinct 
Population Segment (Ambystoma californiense)--federally listed as 
threatened.

No-Action Alternative

    Under the No-Action Alternative, the Service would not issue an ITP 
to the applicant, and the draft HCP would not be implemented. Under 
this alternative, the applicant may choose not to develop the project, 
or would do so in a manner designed not to result in the take of ESA-
listed 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 EA, 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.

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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 Act. 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 
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.

Authority

    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 50 CFR 17.22 and 17.32.

Michael Senn,
Acting Field Supervisor, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, Sacramento, California.
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