Notice of Availability of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Regionwide Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan #1/Environmental Assessment: Birds, Marine Mammals, Oysters, and Sea Turtles, 15199-15202 [2021-05716]

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[FR Doc. 2021–05851 Filed 3–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Mar 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA868] Notice of Availability of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Regionwide Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan #1/Environmental Assessment: Birds, Marine Mammals, Oysters, and Sea Turtles National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and a Consent Decree with BP Exploration & Production Inc. (BP),1 the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Federal natural resource trustee agencies for the Regionwide Trustee Implementation Group (Regionwide TIG) have prepared a Draft Restoration Plan #1/ Environmental Assessment: Birds, Marine Mammals, Oysters, and Sea Turtles (Draft RP/EA). The Draft RP/EA describes and proposes restoration project alternatives considered by the Regionwide TIG to partially restore natural resources and ecological services injured or lost as a result of the DWH oil spill. The Regionwide TIG evaluated these alternatives under criteria set forth in the OPA natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) regulations. In accordance with NEPA the environmental consequences of the restoration alternatives are evaluated in the integrated Environmental Assessment to which the Regionwide TIG Federal Trustees are cooperating agencies. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the availability of the Draft RP/EA and to seek public comments on the document. DATES: The Regionwide TIG will consider public comments received on or before May 6, 2021. Virtual Public Meetings: Due to continuing Covid-19 limitations on gatherings of groups, the Regionwide TIG will hold two virtual open house and public meetings to facilitate public SUMMARY: 1 Consent Decree among Defendant BP Exploration & Production Inc. (‘‘BPXP’’), the United States of America, and the States of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas entered in In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig ‘‘Deepwater Horizon’’ in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, MDL No. 2179 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15199 review and comment on the Draft RP/ EA. 1. April 15, 2021, 2 p.m. CDT 2. April 15, 2021, 6 p.m. CDT Members of the public can access the open house and webinars at: https://regionwidetig.eventbrite.com/. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the open house and webinar. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may access the Draft RP/EA from the ‘‘News’’ section of the Regionwide TIG website at: https:// www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/ restoration-areas/regionwide. Submitting Comments: You may submit comments on the Draft RP/EA by one of the following methods: • Via the Web: https:// parkplanning.nps.gov/RWTIGRP1. • Via U.S. Mail: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 29649, Atlanta, GA 30345. Please note that mailed comments must be postmarked on or before the comment deadline of 45 days following publication of this notice to be considered. • During the virtual public meetings: Comments may be provided during the webinar. Webinar information is provided below in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—Jamie Schubert, NOAA Restoration Center, (310) 427–8711, regionwide.tig@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) mobile drilling unit exploded, causing a massive release of oil from the BP Exploration and Production Inc. (BP) Macondo well. The explosion and oil spill led to loss of life and extensive natural resource injuries. Oil spread from the deep ocean to surface and nearshore environments across the Gulf of Mexico, from Texas to Florida. Extensive response actions were undertaken to reduce harm to people and the environment. However, E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 15200 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 53 / Monday, March 22, 2021 / Notices many of these response actions had collateral impacts on the environment and on natural resource services. The DWH Federal and State natural resource trustees (DWH Trustees) conducted the natural resource damage assessment for the DWH oil spill under OPA (33 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). Pursuant to OPA, Federal and State agencies act as trustees on behalf of the public to assess natural resource injuries and losses and to determine the actions required to compensate the public for those injuries and losses. OPA further instructs the designated trustees to develop and implement a plan for the restoration, rehabilitation, replacement, or acquisition of the equivalent of the injured natural resources under their trusteeship, including the loss of use and services from those resources from the time of injury until the time of restoration to baseline (the resource quality and conditions that would exist if the spill had not occurred) is complete. The DWH Trustees are: • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), as represented by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management; • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce; • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); • State of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Department of Natural Resources; • State of Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; • State of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Geological Survey of Alabama; • State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and • State of Texas: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas General Land Office, and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The DWH Trustees reached and finalized a settlement of their natural resource damage claims with BP in an April 4, 2016, Consent Decree approved by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Pursuant to that Consent Decree, restoration projects in the Regionwide Restoration Area are selected and implemented by the Regionwide TIG. The Regionwide TIG is composed of the Federal and State Trustees listed above. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Mar 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Background Marine Mammals On September 24, 2019, the Regionwide TIG posted a public notice at https:// www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov requesting new or revised natural resource restoration project ideas for the Regionwide Restoration Area. The notice stated that the Regionwide TIG was seeking project ideas for the following Restoration Types: (1) Birds, (2) Marine Mammals, (3) Oysters; and (4) Sea Turtles. On July 1, 2020 the Regionwide TIG announced that it had initiated drafting of its first post settlement draft restoration plan including restoration projects for Birds, Marine Mammals, Oysters and Sea Turtles. • Alternative 1: Voluntary Modifications to Commercial Shrimp Lazy Lines to Reduce Dolphin Entanglements—Preferred, $3,179,088. • Alternative 2: Reducing Impacts to Dolphins from Hook-and-Line Gear and Provisioning through Fishery Surveys, Social Science, and Collaboration— Preferred, $1,700,000. • Alternative 3: Enhance Marine Mammal Stranding Network Diagnostic Capabilities and Consistency across the Gulf of Mexico—Preferred, $2,300,000. • Alternative 4: Enhance Capacity, Diagnostic Capability, and Consistency of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network in the Gulf of Mexico—Nonpreferred, $7,887,000. Overview of the Regionwide TIG Draft RP/EA Oysters The Draft RP/EA is being released in accordance with OPA NRDA regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 15 CFR part 990, NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Consent Decree, and the Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/ Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. In the Draft RP/EA, the Regionwide TIG analyzes 15 alternatives and proposes eleven preferred alternatives for: Birds, Marine Mammals, Oysters, and Sea Turtles restoration types. The alternatives analyzed include the following: Birds • Alternative 1: Reducing Marine Debris Impacts on Birds and Sea Turtles (joint project with Sea Turtles Restoration Type)—Preferred, $3,520,000. • Alternative 2: Conservation and Enhancement of Nesting and Foraging Habitat for Birds—Preferred, $22,500,000. Æ Component 1: Chandeleur Islands, LA, $8,000,000. Æ Component 2: Pilot Town/Little Dauphin Island, AL, $6,500,000. Æ Component 3: San Antonio Bay Bird Island, TX $2,500,00. Æ Component 4: Matagorda Bay Bird Island (Chester Island), TX, $2,500,000. Æ Component 5: Round Island, MS, $3,000,000. • Alternative 3: Bird Nesting and Foraging Area Stewardship—Preferred, $8,510,750. • Alternative 4: Stewardship and Habitat Creation through Beneficial Use—Non-preferred, $6,500,000. Æ Component 1: Walker Island, AL, $4,000,000. Æ Component 2: Matagorda Bay Bird Island (Chester Island), TX, $2,500,000. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Alternative 1: Improving Resilience for Oysters by Linking Brood Reefs and Sink Reefs (Large-scale)—Preferred, $35,819,974 (component cost breakdown is not yet defined). Æ Component 1: East Galveston Bay, TX. Æ Component 2: Biloxi Marsh, LA. Æ Component 3: Heron Bay, MS. Æ Component 4: Mid-lower Mobile Bay, AL. Æ Component 5: Suwanee Sound, FL. • Alternative 2: Improving Resilience for Oysters by Linking Brood Reefs and Sink Reefs (Small-scale), Non-preferred, $22,300,000 (component cost breakdown is not yet defined). Æ Component 1: East Galveston Bay, TX. Æ Component 2: Biloxi Marsh, LA. Æ Component 3: Heron Bay, MS. Æ Component 4: Mid-lower Mobile Bay, AL. Æ Component 5: Suwanee Sound, FL. Sea Turtles • Alternative 1: Pilot Implementation of Automatic Identification System in the GOM Inshore Shrimp Fishery to Inform Efforts to Reduce Sea Turtle Bycatch—Preferred, $2,231,124. • Alternative 2: Restore and Enhance Sea Turtle Nest Productivity—Preferred, $7,655,000. • Alternative 3: Guiding Restoration Success for Nesting Females and Hatchlings in the Northern Gulf of Mexico—Non-preferred, $4,446,000. • Alternative 4: Reducing Sea Turtle Bycatch at Recreational Fishing Sites, Preferred, $3,649,360. • Alternative 5: Reducing Marine Debris Impacts on Birds and Sea Turtles (joint project with Birds Restoration Types)—Preferred, $3,520,000. • Alternative 6: Regionwide Enhancements to the Sea Turtle E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 15201 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 53 / Monday, March 22, 2021 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Stranding and Salvage Network and Enhanced Rehabilitation—Preferred, $5,050,000. Æ Component 1: Enhancing Response, Coordination, and Preparedness in the Gulf of Mexico, $2,050,000. Æ Component 2: Texas Rehabilitation Facility, $3,000,000. The Regionwide TIG also analyzes a No Action alternative. One or more alternatives may be selected for implementation by the Regionwide TIG in the Final RP/EA or in future restoration plans. The Regionwide TIG has examined the injuries assessed by the DWH Trustees and evaluated restoration alternatives to address the injuries. In the Draft RP/EA, the Regionwide TIG presents to the public its draft plan for providing partial compensation to the public for injured natural resources and ecological services in the Regionwide Restoration Area. The proposed alternatives are intended to continue the process of using DWH restoration funding to restore natural resources injured or lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The total estimated cost of the projects proposed as preferred is approximately $99.6 million. Additional restoration planning for the Regionwide Restoration Area will continue. Next Steps The public is encouraged to review and comment on the Draft RP/EA. Virtual public meetings are scheduled to facilitate the public review and comment process. Each virtual meeting will include an informal open house period to accommodate general questions from the public in topic areas followed by a formal presentation of the Draft RP/EA. Following the presentation, public comment will be taken through the virtual meeting platform. Presentation slides, project fact sheets, and a recording of the webinar will be posted on the Regionwide TIG website. The public may register for the virtual public meetings at the link below. After the public comment period ends, the Regionwide TIG will consider and address the comments received before issuing a Final RP/EA. A summary of comments received and the Regionwide TIG’s responses and any revisions to the document, as appropriate, will be included in the final document. Additional Access to Materials You may request a CD of the Draft RP/ EA (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT above). Copies of the Draft RP/ EA are also available for review during the public comment period at the following locations: Repository Address City Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory, Admin Building ................. Thomas B. Norton Public Library ......................................... Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State Lands Division, Coastal Section Office. Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve ............. Mobile Public Library, West Regional Library ...................... Franklin County Public Library ............................................. Okaloosa County Library ...................................................... Panama City Beach Public Library ...................................... Southwest Branch Library .................................................... Wakulla County Library ........................................................ Walton County Library, Coastal Branch ............................... Santa Rosa County Clerk of Court, County Courthouse ..... Bay County Public Library .................................................... Gulf County Public Library ................................................... Jefferson R.J. Bailar Public Library ...................................... Taylor County Public Library ................................................ Dixie County Public Library .................................................. Levy County Public Library .................................................. Homosassa Public Library ................................................... Land O’Lakes Branch Library .............................................. Pinellas Public Library .......................................................... Temple Terrace Public Library ............................................. South Manatee Branch Library ............................................ Jacaranda Public Library ...................................................... Mid County Regional Library ................................................ Riverdale Branch Library ...................................................... St. Tammany Parish Library ................................................ Terrebonne Parish Library ................................................... New Orleans Public Library, Louisiana Division .................. East Baton Rouge Parish Library ........................................ Jefferson Parish Library, East Bank Regional Library ......... Jefferson Parish Library, West Bank Regional Library ........ Plaquemines Parish Library ................................................. St. Bernard Parish Library .................................................... St. Martin Parish Library ...................................................... Alex P. Allain Library ............................................................ Vermillion Parish Library ...................................................... Lafourche Parish Public Library (formerly Martha Sowell Utley Memorial Library). South Lafourche Public Library ............................................ Calcasieu Parish Public Library Central Branch .................. Iberia Parish Library ............................................................. Mark Shirley, Louisiana State University AgCenter ............. Sandy Ha Nguyen, Coastal Communities Consulting ......... 101 Bienville Blvd ................. 221 W. 19th Ave ................... 31115 Five Rivers Blvd ........ Dauphin Island ...................... Gulf Shores ........................... Spanish Fort ......................... AL AL AL 36528 36542 36527 11300 U.S. Hwy. 98 ............. 5555 Grelot Rd ..................... 160 Hickory Dip .................... 185 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE .. 125000 Hutchison Blvd ........ 12248 Gulf Beach Hwy ........ 4330 Crawfordville Hwy ........ 437 Greenway Trail .............. 6865 Caroline St ................... 898 W. 11th St ..................... 110 Library Dr ....................... 375 S Water St ..................... 403 N. Washington St .......... 16328 SE U.S. Hwy. 19 ....... 7871 NE 90th St ................... 4100 S. Grandmarch Ave ..... 2818 Collier Pkwy ................. 1330 Cleveland St ................ 202 Bullard Pkwy .................. 6081 26th St ......................... 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd .. 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd ..... 2421 Buckingham Rd ........... 310 W. 21st Ave ................... 151 Library Dr ....................... 219 Loyola Ave ..................... 7711 Goodwood Blvd ........... 4747 W. Napoleon Ave ........ 2751 Manhattan Blvd ........... 8442 Hwy. 23 ....................... 2600 Palmisano Blvd ............ 201 Porter St ........................ 206 Iberia St ......................... 405 E. St. Victor St ............... 314 St. Mary St .................... Fairhope ................................ Mobile ................................... Eastpoint ............................... Ft. Walton ............................. Panama City Beach .............. Pensacola ............................. Crawfordville ......................... Santa Rosa Beach ............... Milton .................................... Panama City ......................... Port St. Joe ........................... Monticello .............................. Perry ..................................... Cross City ............................. Bronson ................................ Homosassa ........................... Land O’ Lakes ...................... Clearwater ............................ Temple Terrace .................... West Bradenton .................... Venice ................................... Port Charlotte ....................... Fort Myers ............................ Covington .............................. Houma .................................. New Orleans ......................... Baton Rouge ......................... Metairie ................................. Harvey .................................. Belle Chase .......................... Chalmette ............................. Martinville .............................. Franklin ................................. Abbeville ............................... Thibodaux ............................. 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LA LA LA LA LA 70345 70605 70560 70510 70056 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Mar 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 State Zip 15202 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 53 / Monday, March 22, 2021 / Notices Repository Address City Biloxi Public Library, Local History and Genealogy Department. West Biloxi Public Library .................................................... Waveland Public Library ...................................................... Vancleave Public Library ...................................................... Hancock County Library System .......................................... Gulfport Harrison County Library ......................................... Pass Christian Public Library ............................................... Orange Grove Branch Library .............................................. Kathleen McIlwain Public Library ......................................... Pascagoula Public Library .................................................... Ina Thompson Moss Point Library (formerly Moss Point Library). Ocean Springs Municipal Library ......................................... Kiln Public Library ................................................................ Margaret Sherry Memorial Library ....................................... East Central Public Library .................................................. Jerry Lawrence Memorial Library (formerly D’Iberville Library). Mercy Housing & Human Development ............................... Center for Environmental and Economic Justice ................. STEPS Coalition ................................................................... 580 Howard Ave ................... Biloxi ..................................... 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MS MS MS 39507 39531 39503 Ocean Springs ...................... Long Beach .......................... Galveston .............................. MS MS TX 39564 39560 77554 Port Arthur ............................ Corpus Christi ....................... Galveston .............................. TX TX TX 77672 78412 77550 Gulf Islands National Seashore Visitors Center .................. Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United ............................ Jack K. Williams Library, Texas A&M University at Galveston. Port Arthur Public Library ..................................................... Mary and Jeff Bell Library Texas A&M ................................ Rosenberg Library ................................................................ Translation Opportunities Vietnamese translation will be available upon request for the virtual public meetings. Anyone requiring assistance or access to translation should contact Jamie Schubert at regionwide.tig@noaa.gov by April 5, 2021. Vietnamese translated materials including the Executive Summary and project fact sheets are posted in the ‘‘News’’ section of the Regionwide TIG’s website: https:// www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/ restoration-areas/regionwide. Administrative Record The documents comprising the Administrative Record for the Draft RP/ EA can be viewed electronically at https://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon/ adminrecord. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Authority The authority of this action is the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.) and its implementing Oil Pollution Act Natural Resource Damage Assessment regulations found at 15 CFR part 990 and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Mar 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Dated: March 16, 2021. Carrie Diane Robinson, Director, Office of Habitat Conservation, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XA868]


Notice of Availability of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 
Regionwide Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan #1/
Environmental Assessment: Birds, Marine Mammals, Oysters, and Sea 
Turtles

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and a Consent Decree with BP 
Exploration & Production Inc. (BP),\1\ the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) 
Federal natural resource trustee agencies for the Regionwide Trustee 
Implementation Group (Regionwide TIG) have prepared a Draft Restoration 
Plan #1/Environmental Assessment: Birds, Marine Mammals, Oysters, and 
Sea Turtles (Draft RP/EA). The Draft RP/EA describes and proposes 
restoration project alternatives considered by the Regionwide TIG to 
partially restore natural resources and ecological services injured or 
lost as a result of the DWH oil spill. The Regionwide TIG evaluated 
these alternatives under criteria set forth in the OPA natural resource 
damage assessment (NRDA) regulations. In accordance with NEPA the 
environmental consequences of the restoration alternatives are 
evaluated in the integrated Environmental Assessment to which the 
Regionwide TIG Federal Trustees are cooperating agencies. The purpose 
of this notice is to inform the public of the availability of the Draft 
RP/EA and to seek public comments on the document.
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    \1\ Consent Decree among Defendant BP Exploration & Production 
Inc. (``BPXP''), the United States of America, and the States of 
Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas entered in In 
re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig ``Deepwater Horizon'' in the Gulf of 
Mexico, on April 20, 2010, MDL No. 2179 in the United States 
District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

DATES: The Regionwide TIG will consider public comments received on or 
before May 6, 2021.
    Virtual Public Meetings: Due to continuing Covid-19 limitations on 
gatherings of groups, the Regionwide TIG will hold two virtual open 
house and public meetings to facilitate public review and comment on 
the Draft RP/EA.

1. April 15, 2021, 2 p.m. CDT
2. April 15, 2021, 6 p.m. CDT

    Members of the public can access the open house and webinars at:
    https://regionwidetig.eventbrite.com/. After registering, 
participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions for 
joining the open house and webinar.

ADDRESSES: 
    Obtaining Documents: You may access the Draft RP/EA from the 
``News'' section of the Regionwide TIG website at: https://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration-areas/regionwide.
    Submitting Comments: You may submit comments on the Draft RP/EA by 
one of the following methods:
     Via the Web: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/RWTIGRP1.
     Via U.S. Mail: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 
29649, Atlanta, GA 30345. Please note that mailed comments must be 
postmarked on or before the comment deadline of 45 days following 
publication of this notice to be considered.
     During the virtual public meetings: Comments may be 
provided during the webinar. Webinar information is provided below in 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration--Jamie Schubert, NOAA Restoration Center, (310) 427-
8711, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) mobile drilling unit 
exploded, causing a massive release of oil from the BP Exploration and 
Production Inc. (BP) Macondo well. The explosion and oil spill led to 
loss of life and extensive natural resource injuries. Oil spread from 
the deep ocean to surface and nearshore environments across the Gulf of 
Mexico, from Texas to Florida. Extensive response actions were 
undertaken to reduce harm to people and the environment. However,

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many of these response actions had collateral impacts on the 
environment and on natural resource services.
    The DWH Federal and State natural resource trustees (DWH Trustees) 
conducted the natural resource damage assessment for the DWH oil spill 
under OPA (33 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). Pursuant to OPA, Federal and State 
agencies act as trustees on behalf of the public to assess natural 
resource injuries and losses and to determine the actions required to 
compensate the public for those injuries and losses. OPA further 
instructs the designated trustees to develop and implement a plan for 
the restoration, rehabilitation, replacement, or acquisition of the 
equivalent of the injured natural resources under their trusteeship, 
including the loss of use and services from those resources from the 
time of injury until the time of restoration to baseline (the resource 
quality and conditions that would exist if the spill had not occurred) 
is complete.
    The DWH Trustees are:
     U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), as represented by 
the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau 
of Land Management;
     National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on 
behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce;
     U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA);
     U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
     State of Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration 
Authority (CPRA), Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, Department of 
Environmental Quality, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and 
Department of Natural Resources;
     State of Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality;
     State of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural 
Resources and Geological Survey of Alabama;
     State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection 
and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and
     State of Texas: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas 
General Land Office, and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
    The DWH Trustees reached and finalized a settlement of their 
natural resource damage claims with BP in an April 4, 2016, Consent 
Decree approved by the United States District Court for the Eastern 
District of Louisiana. Pursuant to that Consent Decree, restoration 
projects in the Regionwide Restoration Area are selected and 
implemented by the Regionwide TIG. The Regionwide TIG is composed of 
the Federal and State Trustees listed above.

Background

    On September 24, 2019, the Regionwide TIG posted a public notice at 
https://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov requesting new or revised 
natural resource restoration project ideas for the Regionwide 
Restoration Area. The notice stated that the Regionwide TIG was seeking 
project ideas for the following Restoration Types: (1) Birds, (2) 
Marine Mammals, (3) Oysters; and (4) Sea Turtles. On July 1, 2020 the 
Regionwide TIG announced that it had initiated drafting of its first 
post settlement draft restoration plan including restoration projects 
for Birds, Marine Mammals, Oysters and Sea Turtles.

Overview of the Regionwide TIG Draft RP/EA

    The Draft RP/EA is being released in accordance with OPA NRDA 
regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 15 CFR part 
990, NEPA (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Consent Decree, and the Final 
Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Programmatic 
Environmental Impact Statement. In the Draft RP/EA, the Regionwide TIG 
analyzes 15 alternatives and proposes eleven preferred alternatives 
for: Birds, Marine Mammals, Oysters, and Sea Turtles restoration types. 
The alternatives analyzed include the following:

Birds

     Alternative 1: Reducing Marine Debris Impacts on Birds and 
Sea Turtles (joint project with Sea Turtles Restoration Type)--
Preferred, $3,520,000.
     Alternative 2: Conservation and Enhancement of Nesting and 
Foraging Habitat for Birds--Preferred, $22,500,000.
    [cir] Component 1: Chandeleur Islands, LA, $8,000,000.
    [cir] Component 2: Pilot Town/Little Dauphin Island, AL, 
$6,500,000.
    [cir] Component 3: San Antonio Bay Bird Island, TX $2,500,00.
    [cir] Component 4: Matagorda Bay Bird Island (Chester Island), TX, 
$2,500,000.
    [cir] Component 5: Round Island, MS, $3,000,000.
     Alternative 3: Bird Nesting and Foraging Area 
Stewardship--Preferred, $8,510,750.
     Alternative 4: Stewardship and Habitat Creation through 
Beneficial Use--Non-preferred, $6,500,000.
    [cir] Component 1: Walker Island, AL, $4,000,000.
    [cir] Component 2: Matagorda Bay Bird Island (Chester Island), TX, 
$2,500,000.

Marine Mammals

     Alternative 1: Voluntary Modifications to Commercial 
Shrimp Lazy Lines to Reduce Dolphin Entanglements--Preferred, 
$3,179,088.
     Alternative 2: Reducing Impacts to Dolphins from Hook-and-
Line Gear and Provisioning through Fishery Surveys, Social Science, and 
Collaboration--Preferred, $1,700,000.
     Alternative 3: Enhance Marine Mammal Stranding Network 
Diagnostic Capabilities and Consistency across the Gulf of Mexico--
Preferred, $2,300,000.
     Alternative 4: Enhance Capacity, Diagnostic Capability, 
and Consistency of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network in the Gulf of 
Mexico--Non-preferred, $7,887,000.

Oysters

     Alternative 1: Improving Resilience for Oysters by Linking 
Brood Reefs and Sink Reefs (Large-scale)--Preferred, $35,819,974 
(component cost breakdown is not yet defined).
    [cir] Component 1: East Galveston Bay, TX.
    [cir] Component 2: Biloxi Marsh, LA.
    [cir] Component 3: Heron Bay, MS.
    [cir] Component 4: Mid-lower Mobile Bay, AL.
    [cir] Component 5: Suwanee Sound, FL.
     Alternative 2: Improving Resilience for Oysters by Linking 
Brood Reefs and Sink Reefs (Small-scale), Non-preferred, $22,300,000 
(component cost breakdown is not yet defined).
    [cir] Component 1: East Galveston Bay, TX.
    [cir] Component 2: Biloxi Marsh, LA.
    [cir] Component 3: Heron Bay, MS.
    [cir] Component 4: Mid-lower Mobile Bay, AL.
    [cir] Component 5: Suwanee Sound, FL.

Sea Turtles

     Alternative 1: Pilot Implementation of Automatic 
Identification System in the GOM Inshore Shrimp Fishery to Inform 
Efforts to Reduce Sea Turtle Bycatch--Preferred, $2,231,124.
     Alternative 2: Restore and Enhance Sea Turtle Nest 
Productivity--Preferred, $7,655,000.
     Alternative 3: Guiding Restoration Success for Nesting 
Females and Hatchlings in the Northern Gulf of Mexico--Non-preferred, 
$4,446,000.
     Alternative 4: Reducing Sea Turtle Bycatch at Recreational 
Fishing Sites, Preferred, $3,649,360.
     Alternative 5: Reducing Marine Debris Impacts on Birds and 
Sea Turtles (joint project with Birds Restoration Types)--Preferred, 
$3,520,000.
     Alternative 6: Regionwide Enhancements to the Sea Turtle

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Stranding and Salvage Network and Enhanced Rehabilitation--Preferred, 
$5,050,000.
    [cir] Component 1: Enhancing Response, Coordination, and 
Preparedness in the Gulf of Mexico, $2,050,000.
    [cir] Component 2: Texas Rehabilitation Facility, $3,000,000.
    The Regionwide TIG also analyzes a No Action alternative. One or 
more alternatives may be selected for implementation by the Regionwide 
TIG in the Final RP/EA or in future restoration plans.
    The Regionwide TIG has examined the injuries assessed by the DWH 
Trustees and evaluated restoration alternatives to address the 
injuries. In the Draft RP/EA, the Regionwide TIG presents to the public 
its draft plan for providing partial compensation to the public for 
injured natural resources and ecological services in the Regionwide 
Restoration Area. The proposed alternatives are intended to continue 
the process of using DWH restoration funding to restore natural 
resources injured or lost as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil 
spill. The total estimated cost of the projects proposed as preferred 
is approximately $99.6 million. Additional restoration planning for the 
Regionwide Restoration Area will continue.

Next Steps

    The public is encouraged to review and comment on the Draft RP/EA. 
Virtual public meetings are scheduled to facilitate the public review 
and comment process. Each virtual meeting will include an informal open 
house period to accommodate general questions from the public in topic 
areas followed by a formal presentation of the Draft RP/EA. Following 
the presentation, public comment will be taken through the virtual 
meeting platform.
    Presentation slides, project fact sheets, and a recording of the 
webinar will be posted on the Regionwide TIG website. The public may 
register for the virtual public meetings at the link below.
    After the public comment period ends, the Regionwide TIG will 
consider and address the comments received before issuing a Final RP/
EA. A summary of comments received and the Regionwide TIG's responses 
and any revisions to the document, as appropriate, will be included in 
the final document.

Additional Access to Materials

    You may request a CD of the Draft RP/EA (see FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT above). Copies of the Draft RP/EA are also 
available for review during the public comment period at the following 
locations:

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             Repository                       Address                  City               State          Zip
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Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory, Admin  101 Bienville Blvd....  Dauphin Island........  AL                   36528
 Building.
Thomas B. Norton Public Library.....  221 W. 19th Ave.......  Gulf Shores...........  AL                   36542
Alabama Department of Conservation    31115 Five Rivers Blvd  Spanish Fort..........  AL                   36527
 and Natural Resources, State Lands
 Division, Coastal Section Office.
Weeks Bay National Estuarine          11300 U.S. Hwy. 98....  Fairhope..............  AL                   36532
 Research Reserve.
Mobile Public Library, West Regional  5555 Grelot Rd........  Mobile................  AL                   36606
 Library.
Franklin County Public Library......  160 Hickory Dip.......  Eastpoint.............  FL                   32328
Okaloosa County Library.............  185 Miracle Strip       Ft. Walton............  FL                   32548
                                       Pkwy. SE.
Panama City Beach Public Library....  125000 Hutchison Blvd.  Panama City Beach.....  FL                   32407
Southwest Branch Library............  12248 Gulf Beach Hwy..  Pensacola.............  FL                   32507
Wakulla County Library..............  4330 Crawfordville Hwy  Crawfordville.........  FL                   32327
Walton County Library, Coastal        437 Greenway Trail....  Santa Rosa Beach......  FL                   32459
 Branch.
Santa Rosa County Clerk of Court,     6865 Caroline St......  Milton................  FL                   32570
 County Courthouse.
Bay County Public Library...........  898 W. 11th St........  Panama City...........  FL                   32401
Gulf County Public Library..........  110 Library Dr........  Port St. Joe..........  FL                   32456
Jefferson R.J. Bailar Public Library  375 S Water St........  Monticello............  FL                   32344
Taylor County Public Library........  403 N. Washington St..  Perry.................  FL                   32347
Dixie County Public Library.........  16328 SE U.S. Hwy. 19.  Cross City............  FL                   32628
Levy County Public Library..........  7871 NE 90th St.......  Bronson...............  FL                   32621
Homosassa Public Library............  4100 S. Grandmarch Ave  Homosassa.............  FL                   34446
Land O'Lakes Branch Library.........  2818 Collier Pkwy.....  Land O' Lakes.........  FL                   34639
Pinellas Public Library.............  1330 Cleveland St.....  Clearwater............  FL                   33755
Temple Terrace Public Library.......  202 Bullard Pkwy......  Temple Terrace........  FL                   33617
South Manatee Branch Library........  6081 26th St..........  West Bradenton........  FL                   34207
Jacaranda Public Library............  4143 Woodmere Park      Venice................  FL                   34293
                                       Blvd.
Mid County Regional Library.........  2050 Forrest Nelson     Port Charlotte........  FL                   33952
                                       Blvd.
Riverdale Branch Library............  2421 Buckingham Rd....  Fort Myers............  FL                   33905
St. Tammany Parish Library..........  310 W. 21st Ave.......  Covington.............  LA                   70433
Terrebonne Parish Library...........  151 Library Dr........  Houma.................  LA                   70360
New Orleans Public Library,           219 Loyola Ave........  New Orleans...........  LA                   70112
 Louisiana Division.
East Baton Rouge Parish Library.....  7711 Goodwood Blvd....  Baton Rouge...........  LA                   70806
Jefferson Parish Library, East Bank   4747 W. Napoleon Ave..  Metairie..............  LA                   70001
 Regional Library.
Jefferson Parish Library, West Bank   2751 Manhattan Blvd...  Harvey................  LA                   70058
 Regional Library.
Plaquemines Parish Library..........  8442 Hwy. 23..........  Belle Chase...........  LA                   70037
St. Bernard Parish Library..........  2600 Palmisano Blvd...  Chalmette.............  LA                   70043
St. Martin Parish Library...........  201 Porter St.........  Martinville...........  LA                   70582
Alex P. Allain Library..............  206 Iberia St.........  Franklin..............  LA                   70538
Vermillion Parish Library...........  405 E. St. Victor St..  Abbeville.............  LA                   70510
Lafourche Parish Public Library       314 St. Mary St.......  Thibodaux.............  LA                   70301
 (formerly Martha Sowell Utley
 Memorial Library).
South Lafourche Public Library......  16241 E. Main St......  Cut Off...............  LA                   70345
Calcasieu Parish Public Library       301 W. Claude St......  Lake Charles..........  LA                   70605
 Central Branch.
Iberia Parish Library...............  445 E. Main St........  New Iberia............  LA                   70560
Mark Shirley, Louisiana State         1105 W. Port St.......  Abbeville.............  LA                   70510
 University AgCenter.
Sandy Ha Nguyen, Coastal Communities  925 Behrman Hwy.,       Gretna................  LA                   70056
 Consulting.                           Suite 15.

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Biloxi Public Library, Local History  580 Howard Ave........  Biloxi................  MS                   39530
 and Genealogy Department.
West Biloxi Public Library..........  2047 Pass Rd..........  Biloxi................  MS                   39531
Waveland Public Library.............  333 Coleman Ave.......  Waveland..............  MS                   39576
Vancleave Public Library............  12604 Hwy. 57.........  Vancleave.............  MS                   39565
Hancock County Library System.......  312 Hwy. 90...........  Bay St. Louis.........  MS                   39520
Gulfport Harrison County Library....  1708 25th Ave.........  Gulfport..............  MS                   39501
Pass Christian Public Library.......  111 Hiern Ave.........  Pass Christian........  MS                   39571
Orange Grove Branch Library.........  12135 Old Hwy. 49.....  Gulfport..............  MS                   39503
Kathleen McIlwain Public Library....  2100 Library Ln.......  Gautier...............  MS                   39553
Pascagoula Public Library...........  3214 Pascagoula St....  Pascagoula............  MS                   39567
Ina Thompson Moss Point Library       4119 Bellview.........  Moss Point............  MS                   39563
 (formerly Moss Point Library).
Ocean Springs Municipal Library.....  525 Dewey Ave.........  Ocean Springs.........  MS                   39564
Kiln Public Library.................  17065 Hwy. 603........  Kiln..................  MS                   39556
Margaret Sherry Memorial Library....  2141 Popps Ferry Rd...  Biloxi................  MS                   39532
East Central Public Library.........  21801 Slider Rd.......  Moss Point............  MS                   39555
Jerry Lawrence Memorial Library       10391 AutoMall Pkwy...  D'Iberville...........  MS                   39540
 (formerly D'Iberville Library).
Mercy Housing & Human Development...  1135 Ford St..........  Gulfport..............  MS                   39507
Center for Environmental and          336 Rodenberg Ave.....  Biloxi................  MS                   39531
 Economic Justice.
STEPS Coalition.....................  11975 Seaway Rd., Ste.  Gulfport..............  MS                   39503
                                       A240.
Gulf Islands National Seashore        3500 Park Rd..........  Ocean Springs.........  MS                   39564
 Visitors Center.
Mississippi Commercial Fisheries      6421 Beatline Road....  Long Beach............  MS                   39560
 United.
Jack K. Williams Library, Texas A&M   200 Seawolf Pkwy.,      Galveston.............  TX                   77554
 University at Galveston.              Bldg. 3010.
Port Arthur Public Library..........  4615 9th Ave..........  Port Arthur...........  TX                   77672
Mary and Jeff Bell Library Texas A&M  6300 Ocean Dr.........  Corpus Christi........  TX                   78412
Rosenberg Library...................  2310 Sealy St.........  Galveston.............  TX                   77550
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Translation Opportunities

    Vietnamese translation will be available upon request for the 
virtual public meetings. Anyone requiring assistance or access to 
translation should contact Jamie Schubert at [email protected] by 
April 5, 2021. Vietnamese translated materials including the Executive 
Summary and project fact sheets are posted in the ``News'' section of 
the Regionwide TIG's website: https://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration-areas/regionwide.

Administrative Record

    The documents comprising the Administrative Record for the Draft 
RP/EA can be viewed electronically at https://www.doi.gov/deepwaterhorizon/adminrecord.

Authority

    The authority of this action is the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (33 
U.S.C. 2701 et seq.) and its implementing Oil Pollution Act Natural 
Resource Damage Assessment regulations found at 15 CFR part 990 and the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).

    Dated: March 16, 2021.
Carrie Diane Robinson,
Director, Office of Habitat Conservation, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-05716 Filed 3-19-21; 8:45 am]
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