Notice of Public Hearings and Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Management Plan for the Proposed Designation of the Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve, 49519-49520 [2021-18874]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 169 / Friday, September 3, 2021 / Notices management units of Eastern Georges Bank (GB) cod and Eastern GB haddock, and 2022–23 specifications for the GB yellowtail flounder stock, (2) Set 2022– 24 specifications for GB cod and Gulf of Maine (GOM) cod, and possibly adjust 2022 specifications for GB haddock and GOM haddock, (3) Adjust 2022 specifications for white hake based on the rebuilding plan, (4) Adopt additional measures to promote stock rebuilding, and (5) Develop alternatives to the current default system. They also plan to receive an overview of the Atlantic Cod Stock Structure Management Workshops. The panel plans a preliminary discussion of possible 2022 Council priorities for groundfish. They will also make recommendations as appropriate to the Groundfish Committee. Other business will be discussed, if necessary. Although non-emergency issues not contained on the agenda may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Council action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the MagnusonStevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. The public also should be aware that the meeting will be recorded. Consistent with 16 U.S.C. 1852, a copy of the recording is available upon request. Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, at (978) 465–0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 31, 2021. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–19122 Filed 9–2–21; 8:45 am] lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:55 Sep 02, 2021 Jkt 253001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Notice of Public Hearings and Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Management Plan for the Proposed Designation of the Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve Office for Coastal Management (OCM), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability; public hearings. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act, as amended (CZMA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management is announcing a 45-day public comment period and will hold public hearings for the purpose of receiving comments on the draft management plan (DMP) and draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed designation of the Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve (CT NERR). The DMP addresses research, monitoring, education, and stewardship, as well as cultural resource needs for the proposed CT NERR, and the DEIS analyzes alternatives to the proposed action along with their potential environmental impacts. SUMMARY: NOAA is accepting written public comments on the adequacy of the DMP and DEIS for the proposed designation of the CT NERR through 5 p.m. (EST), October 18, 2021. In addition, NOAA will accept oral or written public comments on the adequacy of the DMP and DEIS for the proposed designation of the CT NERR during public hearings held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. (EST) on October 7, 2021, online via WebEx and by phone. For more information about the public hearings, please visit: https:// portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Coastal-Resources/ NERR/NERR-Home-Page. All relevant comments received at the October 7, 2021, public hearings and during the 45day public comment period ending at 5 p.m. (EST), October 18, 2021, will be considered in the preparation of the Final Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed designation of the CT NERR. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted by any one of the following methods: DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49519 • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov and enter NOAA– NOS–2020–0089 in the search box. Click on the ‘‘Comment’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. Written comments provided electronically must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. (EST) October 18, 2021. • Mail: Submit written comments to Erica Seiden, Stewardship Division (N/ OCM6), Office for Coastal Management, NOS, NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; ATTN: CT NERR. Written comments submitted by mail must be postmarked by October 18, 2021. The October 7, 2021, public hearings will be conducted online via WebEx and by phone. Online participants should go to the following University of Connecticut website to get instructions for participating in and attending the public hearings: https:// uconnvtc.webex.com/meet/ctnerr. Hearing documents will be available on the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s CT NERR website: https://portal.ct.gov/ DEEP/Coastal-Resources/NERR/NERRHome-Page, as well as on the Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov (enter NOAA– NOS–2020–0089 in the search box). You may also participate in the hearings by phone, by using the toll-free number +1 415–655–0002 and the attendee access code 120 996 1055. Instructions: All relevant comments received are part of the public record and will be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov with no changes. All personally identifiable information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the commenter will be publicly accessible and maintained by NOAA as part of the public record. NOAA will accept anonymous comments. To submit an anonymous comment, on the eRulemaking portal, enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous. If you would like to provide an anonymous comment during the public hearings, type your comment into the question box and (1) direct your message only to the moderator by selecting that person’s name; and (2) state at the top of your comment that you would like to remain anonymous. Multimedia submissions (e.g., audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to E:\FR\FM\03SEN1.SGM 03SEN1 lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 49520 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 169 / Friday, September 3, 2021 / Notices make. NOAA will generally not consider comments, or comment contents, located outside of the primary submission sites or addresses (i.e., those posted on the web, cloud, or other filesharing system). Please note, the public hearings will not be audio or video recorded. Closed captioning will be provided for those who attend the public hearings online via WebEx: https:// uconnvtc.webex.com/meet/ctnerr. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erica Seiden, Stewardship Division (N/ OCM6), Office for Coastal Management, NOS, NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; ATTN: CT NERR; phone: (240) 533–0781; or email: erica.seiden@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) is a federal-state partnership administered by NOAA. The NERRS protects more than 1.3 million acres of estuarine habitat for long-term research, monitoring, education, and stewardship throughout the coastal United States. Established by the CZMA, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1451 et seq.), each reserve is managed by a lead state agency or university, with input from local partners. NOAA provides funding and national programmatic guidance to the NERRS. NOAA received the State of Connecticut’s nomination of the proposed Connecticut NERR site on January 3, 2019. NOAA evaluated the nomination package and found that the proposed site met the reserve system requirements for designation. (See 16 U.S.C. 1461(b).) Accordingly, NOAA informed the State of Connecticut on September 27, 2019, that it was accepting the nomination and that the next step would be to prepare a DEIS and DMP. (See 15 CFR 921.13.) The National Environmental Policy Act’s (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) implementing regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508) require agencies to provide public notice of the availability of environmental documents, including environmental impact statements (40 CFR 1506.6). Similarly, the CZMA’s implementing regulations for the NERRS require NOAA to provide notice in the Federal Register of the availability of the DEIS and the associated public hearing(s) (15 CFR 921.13). This notice is part of NOAA’s action to comply with these requirements. The CT NERR DEIS considers the human and environmental consequences of designating the nominated site, plus four alternative sites: (1) The Connecticut River site; (2) VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:55 Sep 02, 2021 Jkt 253001 the Lower Connecticut River site; (3) the revised nominated site; and (4) the no action alternative. The DMP sets a course for operating the proposed CT NERR should it be designated, and includes plans for administration, research, education, facilities, and management of the proposed site. (See 15 CFR 921.13.) For more detailed information on the site selection process and the proposed site, see the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve website: https:// portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Coastal-Resources/ NERR/NERR-Home-Page. Register on August 23, 2021 (86 FR 47063). Due to the ongoing COVID–19 situation and increasing transmission rates in the region, the September 13– 17, 2021 meeting of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will be held via webinar. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place in person in Charleston, SC. Meeting information, including agendas, overviews, and briefing book materials will be posted on the Council’s website at: https://safmc.net/ safmc-meetings/council-meetings/. Webinar registration links for the meeting will also be available from the Council’s website. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Keelin Kuipers, Deputy Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dated: August 30, 2021. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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DATES: The Council meeting will be held from 1 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021, until 12 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2021. ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held via webinar. Registration is required. Details are included in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, SAFMC; phone: (843) 302–8440 or toll free: (866) SAFMC–10; fax: (843) 769– 4520; email: kim.iverson@safmc.net. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The original notice published in the Federal SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of web conference. AGENCY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Partial Coverage Fishery Monitoring Advisory Committee (PCFMAC) will meet September 17, 2021. DATES: The meeting will be held on Friday, September 17, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Alaska Time. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be a web conference. Join online through the link at https://meetings.npfmc.org/Meeting/ Details/2374. Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 1007 W 3rd Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501–2252; telephone: (907) 271–2809. Instructions for attending the meeting are given under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, below. SUMMARY: Sara Cleaver, Council staff; phone: (907) 271– 2809 and email: sara.cleaver@noaa.gov. For technical support, please contact administrative Council staff, email: npfmc.admin@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\03SEN1.SGM 03SEN1

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[FR Doc No: 2021-18874]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Notice of Public Hearings and Availability of the Draft 
Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Management Plan for the 
Proposed Designation of the Connecticut National Estuarine Research 
Reserve

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

ACTION: Notice of availability; public hearings.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Coastal Zone 
Management Act, as amended (CZMA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management is announcing a 45-
day public comment period and will hold public hearings for the purpose 
of receiving comments on the draft management plan (DMP) and draft 
environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed designation of 
the Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve (CT NERR). The DMP 
addresses research, monitoring, education, and stewardship, as well as 
cultural resource needs for the proposed CT NERR, and the DEIS analyzes 
alternatives to the proposed action along with their potential 
environmental impacts.

DATES: NOAA is accepting written public comments on the adequacy of the 
DMP and DEIS for the proposed designation of the CT NERR through 5 p.m. 
(EST), October 18, 2021. In addition, NOAA will accept oral or written 
public comments on the adequacy of the DMP and DEIS for the proposed 
designation of the CT NERR during public hearings held from 2:30 to 4 
p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. (EST) on October 7, 2021, online via WebEx and 
by phone. For more information about the public hearings, please visit: 
https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Coastal-Resources/NERR/NERR-Home-Page. All 
relevant comments received at the October 7, 2021, public hearings and 
during the 45-day public comment period ending at 5 p.m. (EST), October 
18, 2021, will be considered in the preparation of the Final Management 
Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed 
designation of the CT NERR.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted by any one of the 
following methods:
     Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov 
and enter NOAA-NOS-2020-0089 in the search box. Click on the 
``Comment'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach 
your comments. Written comments provided electronically must be 
submitted no later than 5 p.m. (EST) October 18, 2021.
     Mail: Submit written comments to Erica Seiden, Stewardship 
Division (N/OCM6), Office for Coastal Management, NOS, NOAA, 1305 East-
West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; ATTN: CT NERR. Written 
comments submitted by mail must be postmarked by October 18, 2021.
    The October 7, 2021, public hearings will be conducted online via 
WebEx and by phone. Online participants should go to the following 
University of Connecticut website to get instructions for participating 
in and attending the public hearings: https://uconnvtc.webex.com/meet/ctnerr. Hearing documents will be available on the Connecticut 
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's CT NERR website: 
https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Coastal-Resources/NERR/NERR-Home-Page, as 
well as on the Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov (enter 
NOAA-NOS-2020-0089 in the search box). You may also participate in the 
hearings by phone, by using the toll-free number +1 415-655-0002 and 
the attendee access code 120 996 1055.
    Instructions: All relevant comments received are part of the public 
record and will be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov 
with no changes. All personally identifiable information (e.g., name, 
address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise 
sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the commenter will be 
publicly accessible and maintained by NOAA as part of the public 
record. NOAA will accept anonymous comments. To submit an anonymous 
comment, on the eRulemaking portal, enter ``N/A'' in the required 
fields if you wish to remain anonymous. If you would like to provide an 
anonymous comment during the public hearings, type your comment into 
the question box and (1) direct your message only to the moderator by 
selecting that person's name; and (2) state at the top of your comment 
that you would like to remain anonymous. Multimedia submissions (e.g., 
audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The 
written comment is considered the official comment and should include 
discussion of all points you wish to

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make. NOAA will generally not consider comments, or comment contents, 
located outside of the primary submission sites or addresses (i.e., 
those posted on the web, cloud, or other file-sharing system). Please 
note, the public hearings will not be audio or video recorded.
    Closed captioning will be provided for those who attend the public 
hearings online via WebEx: https://uconnvtc.webex.com/meet/ctnerr.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erica Seiden, Stewardship Division (N/
OCM6), Office for Coastal Management, NOS, NOAA, 1305 East-West 
Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; ATTN: CT NERR; phone: (240) 
533-0781; or email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  The National Estuarine Research Reserve 
System (NERRS) is a federal-state partnership administered by NOAA. The 
NERRS protects more than 1.3 million acres of estuarine habitat for 
long-term research, monitoring, education, and stewardship throughout 
the coastal United States. Established by the CZMA, as amended (16 
U.S.C. 1451 et seq.), each reserve is managed by a lead state agency or 
university, with input from local partners. NOAA provides funding and 
national programmatic guidance to the NERRS.
    NOAA received the State of Connecticut's nomination of the proposed 
Connecticut NERR site on January 3, 2019. NOAA evaluated the nomination 
package and found that the proposed site met the reserve system 
requirements for designation. (See 16 U.S.C. 1461(b).) Accordingly, 
NOAA informed the State of Connecticut on September 27, 2019, that it 
was accepting the nomination and that the next step would be to prepare 
a DEIS and DMP. (See 15 CFR 921.13.)
    The National Environmental Policy Act's (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) 
implementing regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-1508) require agencies to 
provide public notice of the availability of environmental documents, 
including environmental impact statements (40 CFR 1506.6). Similarly, 
the CZMA's implementing regulations for the NERRS require NOAA to 
provide notice in the Federal Register of the availability of the DEIS 
and the associated public hearing(s) (15 CFR 921.13). This notice is 
part of NOAA's action to comply with these requirements.
    The CT NERR DEIS considers the human and environmental consequences 
of designating the nominated site, plus four alternative sites: (1) The 
Connecticut River site; (2) the Lower Connecticut River site; (3) the 
revised nominated site; and (4) the no action alternative. The DMP sets 
a course for operating the proposed CT NERR should it be designated, 
and includes plans for administration, research, education, facilities, 
and management of the proposed site. (See 15 CFR 921.13.)
    For more detailed information on the site selection process and the 
proposed site, see the Connecticut Department of Energy and 
Environmental Protection's Connecticut National Estuarine Research 
Reserve website: https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Coastal-Resources/NERR/NERR-Home-Page.

Keelin Kuipers,
Deputy Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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