Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, White Mountain Apache Tribe Rural Water System Project, Apache County, Arizona, 20406-20408 [2021-07974]

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[FR Doc. 2021–08006 Filed 4–16–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4334–63–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES [212.LLAZA01000.L11700000.PH000] Notice of Temporary Closure on Public Lands in Mohave County, AZ Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of temporary closure. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:11 Apr 16, 2021 Jkt 253001 Notice is hereby given of a temporary closure of certain public lands administered by the Arizona Strip Field Office, Bureau of Land Management (BLM). DATES: This temporary closure will be in effect from June 16 through July 3 in 2021 and 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lorraine Christian, BLM Arizona Strip Field Manager, telephone 435–688– 3200; address—BLM, Arizona Strip Field Office, 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah 84790–6714; email— lmchrist@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800–877–8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to 43 CFR 8364.1, the BLM is temporarily closing the Virgin River corridor, including roads and trails which provide access to the river and the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area, from June 16 to July 3 in 2021 and 2022 to ensure public safety while the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) conducts a rotenone treatment on the Virgin River to eliminate red shiner, a highly invasive fish. 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Under the authority of Section 303(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1733(a), 43 CFR 8360.0–7, and 43 CFR 8364.1), the BLM will enforce the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 following closure within the are described above: all public, whether motorized, on foot, or otherwise, is prohibited. Exemptions to Closure: The following persons are exempt from this action: Any Federal, State, local, and/or military employee acting within the scope of their official duties; members of any medical, organized rescue, or firefighting force in performance of an official duty; and any person authorized, in writing, by the BLM authorized officer. Enforcement: Any person who violates the temporary closure may be tried before a United States magistrate and fined in accordance with 18 U.S.C. 3571, imprisoned no more than 12 months under 43 U.S.C. 1733(a) and 43 CFR 8360.0–7, or both. In accordance with 43 CFR 8365.1–7, State or local officials may also impose penalties for violations of Arizona law. Authority: 43 CFR 8364.1. Lorraine M. Christian, Arizona Strip Field Manager. [FR Doc. 2021–07958 Filed 4–16–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–32–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Reclamation [RR03250000, 21XR0680G1, RX15232000WMENVIR] Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, White Mountain Apache Tribe Rural Water System Project, Apache County, Arizona Bureau of Reclamation, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent; request for comments. AGENCY: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), as the lead Federal agency, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the effects of the construction and operation of the proposed White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT) Rural Water System Project. The WMAT, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have been identified as cooperating agencies. Reclamation requests comments concerning the scope of the analysis and identification of relevant information, studies, and analyses. DATES: Submit comments on or before May 19, 2021. The draft EIS is scheduled for December 2021 and the final EIS is scheduled for November SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19APN1.SGM 19APN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 73 / Monday, April 19, 2021 / Notices 2022 with a Record of Decision issued in January 2023. ADDRESSES: Send written comments on the EIS to the Phoenix Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation (Attn: WMAT Rural Water System EIS), 6150 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306. Comments may also be sent via email to dgraziani@usbr.gov, or via the Project website at: https://www.wmat-rwseis.com/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Dominic Graziani at (623) 773–6216 or via email at dgraziani@usbr.gov. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the WMAT Water Rights Quantification Act (Title III of the Claims Resolution Act of 2010) (Act), the U.S. Congress authorized the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), through an Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act agreement with the WMAT, to plan, design, and construct a project to divert, store, and distribute water from the North Fork of the White River for the use and benefit of the WMAT. The Proposed Action would fulfill Reclamation’s statutory mandate under the Act and would provide a long-term, dependable, and sustainable water supply for residents and businesses on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. This notice also opens public scoping to identify potential issues, concerns, and alternatives to be considered in the EIS. Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321–4347; the Council on Environmental Quality’s Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA, 40 CFR parts 1500–1508; and the Department of the Interior’s regulations, 43 CFR part 46, Reclamation, as the lead federal agency, intends to prepare an EIS. The proposed Project would construct and operate a dam, storage reservoir, pumping plant, treatment facilities, and a distribution system that would provide water to communities located on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Reclamation first issued a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for this project on September 6, 2013, but the EIS was put on hold in August 2015 due to project complications. Purpose and Need for the Proposed Action The Proposed Action would provide a long-term, dependable, and sustainable VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:11 Apr 16, 2021 Jkt 253001 water supply for residents and businesses on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, Arizona. The Proposed Action would fulfill Reclamation’s statutory mandate under the WMAT Water Rights Quantification Act (Title III of the Claims Resolution Act of 2010) (Act) to plan, design, and construct, as well as to operate, maintain, and replace the WMAT Rural Water System until the date the Project is transferred to the WMAT as provided in the Act. Preliminary Proposed Action and Alternatives The Proposed Action consists of construction and operation of the Project as authorized by the Act. The Proposed Action would include construction and operation of a dam, storage reservoir, water pumping plant, water treatment facilities, and a distribution system that would provide water to the communities of Whiteriver, Fort Apache, Canyon Day, Cedar Creek, Carrizo, and Cibecue located on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. After completion of construction and operation of the new facilities for a period of three years by Reclamation, the WMAT would become the titled owner and operator of the completed water system. The proposed Miner Flat Reservoir would hold approximately 8,350 acre-feet of water and the dam would be 163 feet high and 407 feet in length. Water from the Miner Flat Reservoir would be released to the North Fork of White River, diverted from the stream channel upstream of the community of Whiteriver, and subsequently treated and conveyed via pipeline to downstream Fort Apache Indian Reservation communities. Construction of the distribution system would include 50 miles of new water transmission pipeline. As required by NEPA, the EIS will include and consider a Proposed Action and a reasonable range of alternatives, including a No Action Alternative. Implementation of one of the NEPA Action Alternatives would meet current and future water needs for the WMAT per the Act and would fulfill Reclamation’s statutory requirements under the Act. Reasonable alternatives to the Proposed Action may include a combination of various reservoir operations and priorities, including: (a) Meeting projected Rural Water System demands; (b) accommodating continuing water diversions for agricultural irrigation; and, (c) maintaining instream flow. PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20407 Summary of Expected Impacts The EIS will identify and describe the effects that are reasonably foreseeable and have a reasonably close causal relationship to the proposed action or alternatives, including those effects that occur at the same time and place as the proposed action or alternatives and may include effects that are later in time or farther removed in distance from the proposed action or alternatives (40 CFR 1508.1(g)). All potentially relevant environmental resource areas were initially considered for analysis. Expected impacts include, but are not limited to, positive and/or negative impacts to water resources, soils and geology, biological resources, cultural resources, Indian Trust Assets, transportation, socioeconomics, air quality, climate change, noise, land use, visual resources, hazardous materials and waste, and utilities and infrastructure. The effects of these expected impacts will be considered in the EIS and the range of issues and alternatives addressed may be expanded or reduced based on comments received in response to this notice and at the virtual public scoping meeting. Anticipated Permits and Authorizations The Proposed Action may require the following permits, certifications, and/or determinations: • Biological Opinion from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act • Concurrence from the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act • Section 404 permit from the USACE pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) • Water quality certification pursuant to Section 401 of the CWA • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for the water treatment plant pursuant to Section 402 of the CWA • General permit for stormwater discharges from construction activity pursuant to Section 402 of the CWA, and preparation of a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan • BIA Road Encroachment Permit for construction work along BIA Route 61 (Alchesay Fish Hatchery Road) and BIA Route 12 • BIA Federal easement granted to Reclamation for construction of the Rural Water System • Arizona Department of Highway Encroachment Permit for construction work inside the right-of-way of State Highway 73 E:\FR\FM\19APN1.SGM 19APN1 20408 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 73 / Monday, April 19, 2021 / Notices Schedule for the Decision-Making Process Reclamation will conduct an environmental review to analyze the effects of the Proposed Action, along with other alternatives considered and the associated impacts of each alternative for the development of a Draft EIS. Following completion of the environmental review, Reclamation will publish a notice of availability and request for public comments on the Draft EIS, which is expected to be made public in December 2021. In preparing the Final EIS, which is planned for issuance in 2022, Reclamation will respond to comments received on the Draft EIS. At least 30 days after the Final EIS is available, the Record of Decision will be issued in accordance with applicable timeframes established in 40 CFR 1506.11. Public Scoping Process jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the EIS. Reclamation invites interested parties to participate in the scoping process to help identify the range of reasonable alternatives and the environmental issues to be analyzed. A virtual public scoping meeting will be held on May 1, 2021, to solicit comments on the scope of the EIS and the issues and alternatives that should be analyzed. Detailed information for the virtual scoping meeting process will be announced in advance through local media, newspapers, and the project website at: https://www.wmat-rwseis.com/. At the time of this publication, the dates and log-in information for the scoping meeting will be available on the project website. Additional opportunities to review project materials, ask questions, and submit comments will be provided on the project website (https://www.wmatrws-eis.com/) or at the phone number above. It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such manner that they are useful to the agency’s preparation of the EIS. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions. Comments received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this Proposed Action. Public Availability of Comments 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. Request for Identification of Potential Alternatives, Information, and Analyses Relevant to the Proposed Action Reclamation requests assistance with identifying potential alternatives to the Proposed Action to be considered. As suggested alternatives should still meet the purpose and need for the Proposed Action, please be as descriptive as possible with the suggested alternative. Reclamation also requests that potential impacts that should be analyzed be identified. Impacts should be a result of the action; therefore, please identify the activity and the potential impact that should be analyzed. Information that reviewers have that would assist in the development of alternatives or analysis of resource issues is also helpful. Lead and Cooperating Agencies Reclamation is the lead Federal agency and the WMAT, BIA, and USACE are cooperating agencies in the preparation of this EIS. Decision Maker The responsible official is Reclamation’s Regional Director, Interior Region 8: Lower Colorado Basin, as delegated by the Secretary of the Interior. Nature of Decision To Be Made In accordance with the Act, ‘‘the Secretary shall carry out all necessary environmental compliance activities required by Federal law in implementing the Agreement [WMAT Water Rights Quantification Agreement dated January 13, 2009].’’ Following completion of a final EIS, the responsible official will approve a Record of Decision. Karl Stock, Acting Regional Director, Interior Region 8: Lower Colorado Basin, Bureau of Reclamation. [FR Doc. 2021–07974 Filed 4–16–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4332–90–P 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:11 Apr 16, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 337–TA–567 (Advisory Opinion Proceeding 2)] Certain Foam Footwear; Notice of the Issuance of an Advisory Opinion; Termination of the Advisory Opinion Proceeding U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined to issue an advisory opinion in the above-captioned investigation. The Commission also terminates the advisory opinion proceeding. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Clint Gerdine, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 708–2310. Copies of non-confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. For help accessing EDIS, please email EDIS3Help@usitc.gov. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server at https://www.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal, telephone (202) 205–1810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission instituted the underlying investigation on May 11, 2006, based on a complaint, as amended, filed by Crocs, Inc. (‘‘Crocs’’) of Niwot, Colorado. 71 FR 27514–15 (May 11, 2006). The complaint alleged, inter alia, violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain foam footwear, by reason of infringement of claims 1–2 of U.S. Patent No. 6,993,858 (‘‘the ’858 patent’’) and U.S. Patent No. D517,789 (‘‘the ’789 patent’’). The notice of investigation named several respondents, including Double Diamond Distribution Ltd. (‘‘Double Diamond’’) of Saskatoon, Canada. On July 25, 2008, the Commission issued a final determination finding no violation of section 337. 73 FR 45073– 74 (Aug. 1, 2008). On July 15, 2011, after an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and subsequent E:\FR\FM\19APN1.SGM 19APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation

[RR03250000, 21XR0680G1, RX15232000WMENVIR]


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, 
White Mountain Apache Tribe Rural Water System Project, Apache County, 
Arizona

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), as the lead Federal 
agency, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to 
evaluate the effects of the construction and operation of the proposed 
White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT) Rural Water System Project. The 
WMAT, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
(USACE) have been identified as cooperating agencies. Reclamation 
requests comments concerning the scope of the analysis and 
identification of relevant information, studies, and analyses.

DATES: Submit comments on or before May 19, 2021. The draft EIS is 
scheduled for December 2021 and the final EIS is scheduled for November

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2022 with a Record of Decision issued in January 2023.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments on the EIS to the Phoenix Area Office, 
Bureau of Reclamation (Attn: WMAT Rural Water System EIS), 6150 West 
Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306. Comments may also be sent via 
email to [email protected], or via the Project website at: https://www.wmat-rws-eis.com/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Dominic Graziani at (623) 773-6216 
or via email at [email protected]. Individuals who use 
telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 
p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the WMAT Water Rights 
Quantification Act (Title III of the Claims Resolution Act of 2010) 
(Act), the U.S. Congress authorized the Secretary of the Interior 
(Secretary), through an Indian Self-Determination and Education 
Assistance Act agreement with the WMAT, to plan, design, and construct 
a project to divert, store, and distribute water from the North Fork of 
the White River for the use and benefit of the WMAT. The Proposed 
Action would fulfill Reclamation's statutory mandate under the Act and 
would provide a long-term, dependable, and sustainable water supply for 
residents and businesses on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. This 
notice also opens public scoping to identify potential issues, 
concerns, and alternatives to be considered in the EIS. Pursuant to the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 
4321-4347; the Council on Environmental Quality's Regulations for 
Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA, 40 CFR parts 1500-1508; 
and the Department of the Interior's regulations, 43 CFR part 46, 
Reclamation, as the lead federal agency, intends to prepare an EIS. The 
proposed Project would construct and operate a dam, storage reservoir, 
pumping plant, treatment facilities, and a distribution system that 
would provide water to communities located on the Fort Apache Indian 
Reservation. Reclamation first issued a Notice of Intent to prepare an 
EIS for this project on September 6, 2013, but the EIS was put on hold 
in August 2015 due to project complications.

Purpose and Need for the Proposed Action

    The Proposed Action would provide a long-term, dependable, and 
sustainable water supply for residents and businesses on the Fort 
Apache Indian Reservation, Arizona.
    The Proposed Action would fulfill Reclamation's statutory mandate 
under the WMAT Water Rights Quantification Act (Title III of the Claims 
Resolution Act of 2010) (Act) to plan, design, and construct, as well 
as to operate, maintain, and replace the WMAT Rural Water System until 
the date the Project is transferred to the WMAT as provided in the Act.

Preliminary Proposed Action and Alternatives

    The Proposed Action consists of construction and operation of the 
Project as authorized by the Act. The Proposed Action would include 
construction and operation of a dam, storage reservoir, water pumping 
plant, water treatment facilities, and a distribution system that would 
provide water to the communities of Whiteriver, Fort Apache, Canyon 
Day, Cedar Creek, Carrizo, and Cibecue located on the Fort Apache 
Indian Reservation. After completion of construction and operation of 
the new facilities for a period of three years by Reclamation, the WMAT 
would become the titled owner and operator of the completed water 
system. The proposed Miner Flat Reservoir would hold approximately 
8,350 acre-feet of water and the dam would be 163 feet high and 407 
feet in length. Water from the Miner Flat Reservoir would be released 
to the North Fork of White River, diverted from the stream channel 
upstream of the community of Whiteriver, and subsequently treated and 
conveyed via pipeline to downstream Fort Apache Indian Reservation 
communities. Construction of the distribution system would include 50 
miles of new water transmission pipeline. As required by NEPA, the EIS 
will include and consider a Proposed Action and a reasonable range of 
alternatives, including a No Action Alternative. Implementation of one 
of the NEPA Action Alternatives would meet current and future water 
needs for the WMAT per the Act and would fulfill Reclamation's 
statutory requirements under the Act.
    Reasonable alternatives to the Proposed Action may include a 
combination of various reservoir operations and priorities, including: 
(a) Meeting projected Rural Water System demands; (b) accommodating 
continuing water diversions for agricultural irrigation; and, (c) 
maintaining instream flow.

Summary of Expected Impacts

    The EIS will identify and describe the effects that are reasonably 
foreseeable and have a reasonably close causal relationship to the 
proposed action or alternatives, including those effects that occur at 
the same time and place as the proposed action or alternatives and may 
include effects that are later in time or farther removed in distance 
from the proposed action or alternatives (40 CFR 1508.1(g)). All 
potentially relevant environmental resource areas were initially 
considered for analysis. Expected impacts include, but are not limited 
to, positive and/or negative impacts to water resources, soils and 
geology, biological resources, cultural resources, Indian Trust Assets, 
transportation, socioeconomics, air quality, climate change, noise, 
land use, visual resources, hazardous materials and waste, and 
utilities and infrastructure. The effects of these expected impacts 
will be considered in the EIS and the range of issues and alternatives 
addressed may be expanded or reduced based on comments received in 
response to this notice and at the virtual public scoping meeting.

Anticipated Permits and Authorizations

    The Proposed Action may require the following permits, 
certifications, and/or determinations:

 Biological Opinion from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act
 Concurrence from the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer 
pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
 Section 404 permit from the USACE pursuant to Section 404 of 
the Clean Water Act (CWA)
 Water quality certification pursuant to Section 401 of the CWA
 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for the 
water treatment plant pursuant to Section 402 of the CWA
 General permit for stormwater discharges from construction 
activity pursuant to Section 402 of the CWA, and preparation of a Storm 
Water Pollution Prevention Plan
 BIA Road Encroachment Permit for construction work along BIA 
Route 61 (Alchesay Fish Hatchery Road) and BIA Route 12
 BIA Federal easement granted to Reclamation for construction 
of the Rural Water System
 Arizona Department of Highway Encroachment Permit for 
construction work inside the right-of-way of State Highway 73

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Schedule for the Decision-Making Process

    Reclamation will conduct an environmental review to analyze the 
effects of the Proposed Action, along with other alternatives 
considered and the associated impacts of each alternative for the 
development of a Draft EIS. Following completion of the environmental 
review, Reclamation will publish a notice of availability and request 
for public comments on the Draft EIS, which is expected to be made 
public in December 2021. In preparing the Final EIS, which is planned 
for issuance in 2022, Reclamation will respond to comments received on 
the Draft EIS. At least 30 days after the Final EIS is available, the 
Record of Decision will be issued in accordance with applicable 
timeframes established in 40 CFR 1506.11.

Public Scoping Process

    This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides 
the development of the EIS. Reclamation invites interested parties to 
participate in the scoping process to help identify the range of 
reasonable alternatives and the environmental issues to be analyzed.
    A virtual public scoping meeting will be held on May 1, 2021, to 
solicit comments on the scope of the EIS and the issues and 
alternatives that should be analyzed. Detailed information for the 
virtual scoping meeting process will be announced in advance through 
local media, newspapers, and the project website at: https://www.wmat-rws-eis.com/. At the time of this publication, the dates and log-in 
information for the scoping meeting will be available on the project 
website.
    Additional opportunities to review project materials, ask 
questions, and submit comments will be provided on the project website 
(https://www.wmat-rws-eis.com/) or at the phone number above. It is 
important that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in 
such manner that they are useful to the agency's preparation of the 
EIS. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the 
comment period and should clearly articulate the reviewer's concerns 
and contentions. Comments received, including names and addresses of 
those who comment, will be part of the public record for this Proposed 
Action.

Public Availability of Comments

    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.

Request for Identification of Potential Alternatives, Information, and 
Analyses Relevant to the Proposed Action

    Reclamation requests assistance with identifying potential 
alternatives to the Proposed Action to be considered. As suggested 
alternatives should still meet the purpose and need for the Proposed 
Action, please be as descriptive as possible with the suggested 
alternative. Reclamation also requests that potential impacts that 
should be analyzed be identified. Impacts should be a result of the 
action; therefore, please identify the activity and the potential 
impact that should be analyzed. Information that reviewers have that 
would assist in the development of alternatives or analysis of resource 
issues is also helpful.

Lead and Cooperating Agencies

    Reclamation is the lead Federal agency and the WMAT, BIA, and USACE 
are cooperating agencies in the preparation of this EIS.

Decision Maker

    The responsible official is Reclamation's Regional Director, 
Interior Region 8: Lower Colorado Basin, as delegated by the Secretary 
of the Interior.

Nature of Decision To Be Made

    In accordance with the Act, ``the Secretary shall carry out all 
necessary environmental compliance activities required by Federal law 
in implementing the Agreement [WMAT Water Rights Quantification 
Agreement dated January 13, 2009].'' Following completion of a final 
EIS, the responsible official will approve a Record of Decision.

Karl Stock,
Acting Regional Director, Interior Region 8: Lower Colorado Basin, 
Bureau of Reclamation.
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