Bureau of Reclamation 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Availability and Public Hearings for the Red River Valley Water Supply Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 05-24646
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the State of North Dakota, represented by the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion), have as joint lead agencies prepared the Red River Valley Water Supply Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The DEIS was prepared in cooperation with the cities of Fargo, West Fargo, and Grand Forks, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota, the Lake Agassiz Water Authority, North Dakota State Historic Preservation Office, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and pursuant to section 8(c) of the Dakota Water Resources Act of 2000 (DWRA) and section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended. The DEIS analyzes the environmental, cultural, and socioeconomic effects of eight alternatives. Seven alternatives would meet the water needs in the Red River Valley of North Dakota, and the cities of Breckenridge, Moorhead, and East Grand Forks in Minnesota, through 2050. The document also discloses the effects of no action, or the future without implementing the federal Red River Valley Water Supply Project.
Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program (P-SMBP), Eastern and Western Division Proposed Project Use Power Rate
Document Number: 05-24352
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) determined, after public input, that the proposed P-SMBP project use power rate of 12.55 mills per kilowatt-hour (kWh) is approved and will become effective 30 days after this notice is published.
Change in Discount Rate for Water Resources Planning
Document Number: E5-7627
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Water Resources Planning Act of 1965 and the Water Resources Development Act of 1974 require an annual determination of a discount rate for Federal water resources planning. The discount rate for Federal water resources planning for fiscal year 2006 is 5.125 percent. Discounting is to be used to convert future monetary values to present values.
Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Investigation, Contra Costa County, CA
Document Number: E5-7541
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-20
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) will prepare an EIS to evaluate expanding the existing Los Vaqueros Reservoir and alternatives to improve water supply reliability and water quality for Bay Area water users, particularly those receiving water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; and contribute to lower cost implementation of the CALFED Environmental Water Account (EWA). Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, Contra Costa Water District will prepare an EIR on the proposed project concurrent with the EIS preparation. A joint EIS/EIR document will be prepared. Reclamation was directed in Public Law 108-7, (Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2003) to conduct a feasibility-level investigation of the potential expansion of Los Vaqueros Reservoir.
Safety Modifications and Flood Damage Reduction Project for Folsom Dam and Appurtenant Structures (Combined Federal Effort)-Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer Counties, CA
Document Number: E5-7294
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and Public Resources Code, sections 21000- 21177 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the lead Federal agency; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a cooperating Federal agency; and the California Reclamation Board/Department of Water Resources, the lead State agencies; intend to prepare a joint Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIS/EIR) for the Safety Modifications and Flood Damage Reduction Project for Folsom Dam and Appurtenant Structures (Combined Federal Effort). The notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) and notice of public scoping meetings was published in the Federal Register on October 6, 2005 (70 FR 58469). A notice of change to public scoping meeting dates and locations was published in the Federal Register on December 2, 2005 (70 FR 72314). Reclamation will have an additional scoping meeting on December 15, 2005.
Notice of Intent of Non-Renewal of Permits to Keyhole and Sundance Boat Clubs, Keyhole Reservoir, WY
Document Number: E5-7256
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The permits between the State of Wyoming, Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, Division of State Parks and Historic Sites (WSPHS) and the Keyhole and Sundance Boat Clubs at Keyhole Reservoir in northeast Wyoming will not be renewed after their expiration on December 31, 2005. The Bureau of Reclamation is the Federal agency responsible for administering lands and resources associated with Keyhole Reservoir. Keyhole State Park (Park) is managed by Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites through a Memorandum of Understanding with Reclamation that provides WSPHS with the authority to issue permits for limited recreation activities. Permits have been issued by WSPHS to Keyhole and Sundance boat clubs since 1967 to conduct recreation activities as boat clubs. These two boat clubs occupy a total of 18 contiguous acres on Cottonwood Bay and currently have 20 private seasonal occupancy trailers in the permit area, hereafter referred to as the ``area''. This administrative decision results from a review to determine if the existence of the boat clubs conflicts with the best public use of the area as outlined in Part 21.4(a)(1) of 43 CFR Part 21, Occupancy of Cabin Sites on Public Conservation and Recreation Areas. Consideration was given to the following factors listed in 43 CFR 21.4 (a)(1)(i-iv): existing and projected public need for the area, compatibility between public uses and private cabin sites, development potential and plans for the area, and other relevant factors. An analysis of each of these factors is given in ``Supplemental Information''. From this analysis it has been determined that public need for the area currently occupied by Keyhole and Sundance boat clubs has grown to a point where continued use of the area by the boat clubs is no longer in the best public interest.
San Luis Unit Long-Term Contract Renewal
Document Number: E5-6871
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation is extending the comment period for the DEIS to January 17, 2006. The notice of availability of the DEIS and notice of public workshop and notice of public hearings was published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2005 (70 FR 57324). The public comment period was originally to end on November 21, 2005.
Safety Modifications for Folsom Dam and Appurtenant Structures (Folsom Safety of Dams Project)-Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer Counties, CA
Document Number: E5-6757
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-02
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) and notice of public scoping meetings was published in the Federal Register on October 6, 2005 (70 FR 58469). The Bureau of Reclamation is changing the public scoping meeting dates from November 1 and 3, 2005, to December 12 and 14, 2005. The scoping meeting locations have also changed.
California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-23051
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee (Committee) will meet on December 7, 2005. The agenda for the Committee meeting will include discussions with State and Federal agency representatives on the CALFED Bay-Delta Program refocusing efforts underway and the 10-Year Action Plan, and a final recommendation to the Secretary on the Annual Statement of Progress and Balance and Annual Report.
Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: 05-22966
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden.
Flaming Gorge Dam, Colorado River Storage Project, UT
Document Number: 05-22436
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the federal agency responsible for operation of Flaming Gorge Dam, in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, State of Utah Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, and Western Area Power Administration, has prepared and made available to the public a final environmental impact statement (EIS) pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) 4332.
Upper Columbia Alternative Flood Control and Fish Operations, Libby and Hungry Horse Dams, MT
Document Number: 05-22406
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-10
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of the Interior, Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Engineers Corps, Army Department
In accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Seattle District, and the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Pacific Northwest Region, have prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to evaluate the effects of alternative flood control at Libby Dam on the Kootenai River and at Hungry Horse Dam on the South Fork Flathead River in western Montana. USACE and Reclamation are making the document available to the public for review and comment through a Notice of Availability published in the Federal Register. The overall goal of the DEIS is to evaluate effects of alternative dam operations that are intended to provide reservoir and flow conditions at and below Libby and Hungry Horse Dams for anadromous and resident fish listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), consistent with authorized project purposes, including maintaining the current level of flood control benefits.
South Delta Improvements Program, Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta, California
Document Number: 05-22259
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) have made available for public review and comment the Draft EIS/EIR for the South Delta Improvements Program (SDIP). The proposed SDIP would (1) construct and operate a fish control gate at the Head of Old River; (2) construct and operate up to 3 flow control gates (one each in Middle River, Grant Line Canal, and Old River, near the Tracy Pumping Plant) to maintain adequate water quality and water levels available for agricultural diversions in the south Delta, downstream of the Head of Old River; (3) dredge various channels within the south Delta to improve conveyance; (4) construct extensions of up to 24 shallow agricultural diversions; (5) increase water deliveries by increasing the maximum diversion through the existing intake gates at Clifton Court Forebay to 8,500 cubic feet per second; and (6) implement an interim operations regime between December 15 and March 15 until the permanent gates are fully operable.
Lake Berryessa Visitor Services Plan, Napa County, CA
Document Number: 05-22025
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Bureau of Reclamation has prepared a Final EIS for the Lake Berryessa Visitor Services Plan (VSP). The Final EIS outlines the proposed project alternatives that seek to address issues related to the VSP, including the type and level of facilities and services that are appropriate for future uses on Federal land. Of the seven concession contracts at Lake Berryessa, six contracts expire in 2008/ 2009 and one interim contract expires in 2007. The VSP will be used as a basis for future concession contracts.
Quarterly Status Report of Water Service, Repayment, and Other Water-Related Contract Negotiations
Document Number: 05-21695
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-02
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Notice is hereby given of contractual actions that have been proposed to the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and are new, modified, discontinued, or completed since the last publication of this notice on July 22, 2005. This notice is one of a variety of means used to inform the public about proposed contractual actions for capital recovery and management of project resources and facilities consistent with section 9(f) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939. Additional announcements of individual contract actions may be published in the Federal Register and in newspapers of general circulation in the areas determined by Reclamation to be affected by the proposed action.
Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation, Shasta and Tehama Counties, CA
Document Number: 05-21260
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation will hold an additional public scoping meeting to solicit input on the scope of the environmental document, alternatives, concerns, and issues to be addressed in the EIS to be prepared. The notice of intent to prepare the EIS and notice of public scoping meetings was published in the Federal Register on October 7, 2005 (70 FR 58744).
Humboldt Project Conveyance, Pershing, Churchill and Lander Counties, NV
Document Number: 05-20187
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act 102(2) of 1969, the Bureau of Reclamation has prepared a FEIS for the Humboldt Project Conveyance, Pershing, Churchill, and Lander Counties, Nevada. The FEIS assesses the impacts of conveying title of the Humboldt Project (Project) and associated lands to the Pershing County Water Conservation District (PCWCD), State of Nevada, Lander County and Pershing County. The action is needed to comply with Title VIII of Pub. L. 107-282 which directs Reclamation to transfer title of the Project to the entities listed above.
Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation, Shasta and Tehama Counties, CA
Document Number: 05-20169
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Bureau of Reclamation proposes to prepare an EIS for the Shasta Lake Water Resources Investigation (SLWRI). Authorization for the investigation comes from Pub. L. 96-375, 1980; which directs the Secretary of the Interior to engage in feasibility studies related to enlarging Shasta Dam and Reservoir. Other directing legislation includes Title 34 of Pub. L. 102-575, the Central Valley Project Improvement Act and Pub. L. 108-137, the Energy and Water Development Act. In addition, enlargement of Shasta Dam was identified in the CALFED Programmatic Environmental Impact Report/Statement and Record of Decision (ROD) and in Pub. L. 108-361, the CALFED Bay-Delta authority.
Safety Modifications for Folsom Dam and Appurtenant Structures (Folsom Safety of Dams Project)- Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer Counties, CA
Document Number: 05-20051
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-06
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) intends to prepare an EIS for the implementation of the safety modifications for Folsom Dam and Appurtenant Structures (Folsom Safety of Dams Project). Reclamation seeks to improve public safety by modifying Folsom Facilities and its appurtenant structures (Folsom Facilities) to mitigate issues identified in previous and ongoing safety evaluations. Studies are being conducted by Reclamation to identify alternatives (modifications) to address these conditions. Engineering, Economic, and Environmental studies are being conducted to help determine reasonable design alternatives. Information gathered from the EIS process will be used in conjunction with engineering and economic principles to determine preferred alternatives.
Meeting of the Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group, Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Yakima, WA
Document Number: 05-19826
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
As required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given that the Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group, Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Yakima, Washington, established by the Secretary of the Interior, will hold a public meeting. The purpose of the Conservation Advisory Group is to provide technical advise and counsel to the Secretary of the Interior and Washington State on the structure, implementation, and oversight of the Yakima River Basin Water Conservation Program.
Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Water Management Plans
Document Number: 05-19824
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The following Water Management Plans are available for review: City of Fairfield City of Fresno Pacheco Water District Solano County Water Agency To meet the requirements of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992 (CVPIA) and the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has developed and published the Criteria for Evaluating Water Management Plans (Criteria). Note: For the purpose of this announcement, Water Management Plans (Plans) are considered the same as Water Conservation Plans. The above districts have developed Plans, which Reclamation has evaluated and preliminarily determined to meet the requirements of these Criteria. Reclamation is publishing this notice in order to allow the public to review the Plans and comment on the preliminary determinations. Public comment on Reclamation's preliminary (i.e., draft) determination is invited at this time.
Colorado River Reservoir Operations: Development of Lower Basin Shortage Guidelines and Coordinated Management Strategies for Lake Powell and Lake Mead Under Low Reservoir Conditions
Document Number: 05-19607
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes to conduct public scoping meetings and prepare an EIS for the development of Lower Colorado River Basin Shortage Guidelines and Coordinated Management Strategies for Operation of Lake Powell and Lake Mead Under Low Reservoir Conditions. The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) has directed Reclamation to develop additional Colorado River management strategies to address operations of Lake Powell and Lake Mead under low reservoir conditions. The proposed action is to develop these guidelines and strategies. Through the NEPA process initiated by this Federal Register notice, Reclamation is considering development of: (1) Specific guidelines that will identify those circumstances under which the Department of the Interior (Department) would reduce annual water deliveries from Lake Mead to the Lower Basin States below the 7.5 million acre-feet (maf) Lower Basin apportionment and the manner in which those deliveries would be reduced, and (2) coordinated management strategies for the operation of Lake Powell and Lake Mead. Alternatives to be analyzed in the EIS have not been developed at this time and will be developed through the NEPA process, including through the upcoming EIS scoping meetings.
San Luis Unit Long-Term Contract Renewal
Document Number: 05-19603
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (as amended), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has made available for public review and comment a DEIS for the renewal of Long- Term Water Service Contracts for the San Luis Unit of the Central Valley Project (CVP). The DEIS describes and presents the environmental effects of three altern atives, including no action, for implementing the renewal of the Long-Term Water Service Contracts. A 45-day public comment period will be allowed to receive comments from individuals and organizations on the DEIS. Reclamation issued a previous version of the DEIS on December 9, 2004 (69 FR 71424). Due to information received during the comment period on the previous DEIS, Reclamation has prepared and is issuing a new DEIS.
Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Advisory Council
Document Number: 05-19145
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Advisory Council (Council) was established by the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Act of 1974 (Pub. L. 93-320) (Act) to receive reports and advise federal agencies on implementing the Act. In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Bureau of Reclamation announces that the Council will meet as detailed below. Dates and Location: The Council will conduct its annual meeting at the following time and location: Tuesday, October 25, 2005Riverside, CaliforniaThe meeting will be held in the Mission Inn located at 3649 Mission Inn Avenue. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m., recess at approximately 1 p.m., and reconvene briefly the following day at 1 p.m.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Revisions to a Currently Approved Information Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-18536
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Bureau of Reclamation (we, our, or us) intends to submit a request for renewal of an existing approved information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB): Crop Acreage and Yields and Water Distribution (Water User Crop Census Report [Form 7-332], and Crop and Water Data [Form 7-2045]), OMB Control Number: 1006-0001. We request your comments on the proposed forms and specific aspects of this information collection.
Public Conduct on Bureau of Reclamation Facilities, Lands, and Waterbodies; and Procedure to Process and Recover the Value of Rights-of-Use and Administrative Costs Incurred in Permitting Such Use
Document Number: 05-17918
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation is issuing this proposed rulemaking to establish regulations regarding public access to and conduct on all Reclamation projects, waters, and real property subject to the jurisdiction or administration of Reclamation or in its custody. Reclamation is required by law to issue this rule in order to maintain law and order and protect persons and property on its projects. This proposed rule would supersede the existing Public Conduct rule, and amend provisions located elsewhere to ensure consistency.
Carlsbad Project, New Mexico
Document Number: 05-17265
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-01
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (as amended), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as joint lead agencies, have prepared a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) to assess the consequences of proposed changes in the operation of Sumner Dam and the implementation of a water acquisition program in the Pecos River Basin. The Carlsbad Project Water Operations and Water Supply Conservation DEIS includes a description of alternative means of implementing the proposed federal action and presents an evaluation of the environmental, economic, and social consequences that could result from implementing these alternatives. These proposed changes in water operations are designed to conserve the Pecos bluntnose shiner (Notropis simus pecosensis) (shiner) and its designated critical habitat. The water acquisition program is proposed to conserve the Carlsbad Project water supply. In 1987, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the shiner, a small minnow, as a threatened species and designated two noncontiguous river reaches, totaling approximately 101 miles of the Pecos River, as critical habitat. The shiner has undergone significant population declines and range contraction in the last 65 years and is now restricted to about 194 miles from Fort Sumner State Park to Brantley Reservoir. Lower base flows, lower peak flows, and extended duration of peak flows along with river channel degradation, drought, and intermittency have contributed to loss of habitat and increased mortality (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2003).
San Luis Drainage Feature Re-evaluation Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Merced, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, and Stanislaus Counties, CA
Document Number: 05-16821
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation is extending the public review and comment period for the Draft EIS to Thursday, September 1, 2005. The notice of availability of the Draft EIS and notice of public hearings was published in the Federal Register on June 2, 2005, (70 FR 32370). The public review period was originally scheduled to end on August 1, 2005.
Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Criteria for Evaluating Water Conservation Plans
Document Number: 05-16818
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-24
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
To meet the requirements of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992 (CVPIA) and the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) developed and published the Criteria for Evaluating Water Management Plans (Criteria). Note: For the purpose of this announcement, Water Management Plans are considered the same as Water Conservation Plans (Plans). The CVPIA requires Reclamation to evaluate, and revise if necessary, the Criteria every 3 years. Reclamation is publishing this notice to allow the public to comment on the revised 2005 draft Criteria. Public comment on the revised Criteria is invited at this time. The draft revision is available for review and comment. A copy of the draft revision can be found at the following Web site: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/watershare/ documents/2005DraftCriteria.pdf. A copy of the draft revision can be obtained by contacting persons at the address below. After the review period, if no significant changes are made based on comments from the public, the Criteria will be final. After the Criteria is final, it will be used to evaluate Plans.
Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG), Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 05-15409
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-04
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Adaptive Management Program (AMP) was implemented as a result of the Record of Decision on the Operation of Glen Canyon Dam Final Environmental Impact Statement to comply with consultation requirements of the Grand Canyon Protection Act (Pub. L. 102-575) of 1992. The AMP includes a federal advisory committee (AMWG), a technical work group (TWG), a monitoring and research center, and independent review panels. The AMWG makes recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior concerning Glen Canyon Dam operations and other management actions to protect resources downstream of Glen Canyon Dam consistent with the Grand Canyon Protection Act. The TWG is a subcommittee of the AMWG and provides technical advice and recommendations to the AMWG. Date and Location: The AMWG will conduct the following public meeting: Phoenix, ArizonaAugust 30-31, 2005. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. on the first day and will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. on the second day. The meeting will be held at the Arizona Department of Water Resources, 500 N. Third Street, Conference Rooms A&B, Phoenix, Arizona. Agenda: The purpose of the meeting will be to review the Fiscal Year 2005 budget expenditures, approve and recommend the FY06 Draft Budget and Work Plan, receive updates on plans currently in development, and other monitoring and research reports. Other topics of discussion will include Glen Canyon Dam operations and maintenance schedule, status of humpback chub efforts, basin hydrology, public outreach, as well as other administrative and resource issues pertaining to the AMP. Time will be allowed for any individual or organization wishing to make formal oral comments (limited to 5 minutes) at the meeting. To allow full consideration of information by the AMWG members, written notice must be provided to Dennis Kubly, Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Regional Office, 125 South State Street, Room 6107, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84138; telephone (801) 524-3715; faxogram (801) 524-3858; e-mail at dkubly@uc.usbr.gov at least five (5) days prior to the meeting. Any written comments received will be provided to the AMWG and TWG members.
Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project, Tehama and Shasta Counties, CA
Document Number: 05-15013
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and Public Resources Code, sections 21000- 21177 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the lead Federal agency; the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a cooperating Federal agency; and the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), the lead State agency; have prepared a joint Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Final EIS/EIR) for the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project (Restoration Project). The Restoration Project proposed action considered by the lead agencies is the five-dam removal alternative that includes the decommissioning and removal of five small hydropower diversion dams, construction of new fish screens at the intakes and fish ladders at three other dams, and the modification of several hydropower facilities to ensure continued hydropower operations. This action will require a FERC license amendment of the Battle Creek Hydroelectric Project, owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 05-14804
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; this notice announces the intentions of the Bureau of Reclamation to seek extension of the information collection for the Lower Colorado River Well Inventory. The current OMB approval expires on January 31, 2006.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Revisions to a Currently Approved Information Collection Form; Request for Comments
Document Number: 05-14676
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) intends to submit a request for renewal of an existing approved information collection form, Right-of-Use Application (Form 7-2540), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Before submitting this revised Right- of-Use Application form (application) to the Office of Management and Budget for review of the information collection requirements, Reclamation requests public comments on specific aspects of the application form.
California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee Public Meetings
Document Number: 05-14577
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-25
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee (Committee) will meet on August 10, September 7, October 12, and November 9, 2005. These meetings will focus on the State's intense effort to fulfill the Governor's mandate for an independent fiscal and management review of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program by the end of 2005. Discussions will include a refocus of CALFED on resolving conflicts in the Delta, priority setting, and development of an action plan to finance CALFED over the next 10 years.
Quarterly Status Report of Water Service, Repayment, and Other Water-Related Contract Negotiations
Document Number: 05-14488
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Notice is hereby given of contractual actions that have been proposed to the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and are new, modified, discontinued, or completed since the last publication of this notice on April 19, 2005. This notice is one of a variety of means used to inform the public about proposed contractual actions for capital recovery and management of project resources and facilities consistent with section 9(f) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939. Additional announcements of individual contract actions may be published in the Federal Register and in newspapers of general circulation in the areas determined by Reclamation to be affected by the proposed action.
California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee Charter Renewal
Document Number: 05-14438
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
This notice is published in accordance with Section 9(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (Pub. L. 92-463). Following consultation with the General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) is renewing the charter for the California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee (Committee). The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary on implementation of the CALFED Bay- Delta Program (Program) as described in the Programmatic Record of Decision which outlines the long-term comprehensive solution for addressing the problems affecting the San Francisco Bay-Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary, Public Law 108-361, and other applicable law. Specific responsibilities of the Committee include: (1) Making recommendations on annual priorities and coordination of Program actions to achieve balanced implementation of the Program elements; (2) providing recommendations on effective integration of Program elements to provide continuous, balanced improvement of each of the Program objectives (ecosystem restoration, water quality, levee system integrity, and water supply reliability); (3) evaluating implementation of Program actions, including assessment of Program area performance; (4) reviewing and making recommendations on Program Plans and Annual Reports describing implementation of Program elements as set forth in the ROD to the Secretary; (5) recommending Program actions taking into account recommendations from the Committee's subcommittees; and (6) liaison between the Committee's subcommittees, the State and Federal agencies, the Secretary, and the Governor. The Committee consists of 20 to 30 members who are appointed by the Secretary, in consultation with the Governor.
Agency Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-13146
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces the following Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment: Limited Recipient Identification Sheet and Trust Information Sheet, 43 CFR part 426, OMB Control Number: 1006-0023. As a result of Reclamation's activities to fully implement the acreage limitation provisions applicable to public entities (43 CFR 426.10 and the Act of July 7, 1970, Pub. L. 91-310), a new ``Public Entity Information Sheet'' (Form 7-2565) has been developed for approval as part of this information collection. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden.
Agency Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-13145
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces the following Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment: Certification Summary Form and Reporting Summary Form for Acreage Limitation, 43 CFR part 426 and 43 CFR part 428, OMB Control Number: 1006-0006. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden.
Agency Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-13138
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces the following Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval: Individual Landholder's and Farm Operator's Certification and Reporting Forms for Acreage Limitation, 43 CFR part 426 and 43 CFR part 428, OMB Control Number: 1006-0005. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden.
Central Valley Project Long-Term Water Service Contract Renewals-American River Division
Document Number: 05-12765
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (as amended) the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), as lead Federal agency, has prepared a FEIS for the Central Valley Project Long-Term Water Service Contract RenewalsAmerican River Division. The FEIS describes and presents the environmental effects of four alternatives, including no action, for renewal of water service contracts to American River Division contractors that include; the City of Roseville, East Bay Municipal District, El Dorado Irrigation District, Placer County Water Agency, Sacramento County Water Agency, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District, and San Juan Water District. A Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2005 (70 FR 3066). The written comment period on the DEIS ended on March 21, 2005. The FEIS contains responses to all comments received and reflects comments and any additional information received during the review period.
Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, Eastern and Western Division Proposed Project Use Power Rate
Document Number: 05-12636
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is proposing a rate adjustment (proposed rate) for Project Use Power for the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program (P-SMBP), Eastern and Western Division. The proposed rate for Project Use Power is set to recover all annual operating, maintenance, and replacement expenses on the Pick-Sloan power system. The analysis of the proposed Project Use Power Rate is included in a booklet available upon request. The proposed rate for Project Use Power will become effective October 1, 2005. This notice provides the opportunity for public comment. After review of comments received, Reclamation will consider them, revise the rates if necessary, and recommend a proposed rate for approval to the Assistant Secretary of Water and Science.
Lower Yuba River Accord, Yuba County, CA
Document Number: 05-11975
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-20
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes to participate and serve as the lead agency under NEPA in the preparation of a joint EIS/EIR on the Lower Yuba River Accord (Yuba Accord). The Yuba County Water Agency (YCWA), a local public water agency, is proposing the project and will serve as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The purpose of the Yuba Accord is to resolve instream flow issues associated with operation of the Yuba River Development Project (Yuba Project) in a way that protects and enhances lower Yuba River fisheries and local water-supply reliability, while providing revenues for local flood-control and water-supply projects, water for the CALFED Program to use for protection and restoration of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) fisheries, and improvements in state-wide water supply management, including supplemental water for the Central Valley Project (CVP) and the State Water Project (SWP). This notice is published in accordance with NEPA regulations found in 40 CFR 1501.7. The purpose of this notice is to obtain suggestions and information from other agencies and the public on the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS/EIR. A similar notice is being published by YCWA in accordance with CEQA. Comments and participation in the scoping process are encouraged.
Colorado River Reservoir Operations: Development of Management Strategies for Lake Powell and Lake Mead Under Low Reservoir Conditions
Document Number: 05-11776
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) has directed the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) to develop additional Colorado River management strategies to address operations of Lake Powell and Lake Mead under low reservoir conditions. It is anticipated that, among other potential elements, these strategies could identify those circumstances under which the Department of the Interior (Department) would reduce annual water deliveries, and the manner in which annual operations would be modified.
Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Water Management Plans
Document Number: 05-11615
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The following Water Management Plans are available for review: James Irrigation District Lindmore Irrigation District City of Lindsay Southern San Joaquin Municipal Utility District Suisan Solano Water Authority Tranquillity Irrigation District To meet the requirements of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992 (CVPIA) and the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has developed and published the Criteria for Evaluating Water Management Plans (Criteria).
San Luis Drainage Feature Re-evaluation, Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Merced, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, and Stanislaus Counties, CA
Document Number: 05-10908
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-02
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (as amended), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has made available for public review and comments a Draft EIS for the San Luis Drainage Feature Re-evaluation. The Draft EIS describes and presents the environmental effects of the eight alternatives, the no-Action alternative and seven action alternatives. Four public hearings will be held to receive comments from individuals and organizations on the Draft EIS.
California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-10535
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-05-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee (Committee) will meet on June 8, 2005. The second half of the meeting will be held jointly with the California Bay-Delta Authority. The agenda for the Committee meeting will include an orientation for the new Committee members and reports from several of its Subcommittees. The agenda for the joint meeting will include reports from the Director and the Lead Scientist and discussions on short- and long-term funding for the CALFED Bay- Delta Program with State and Federal agency representatives.
Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program, Eastern and Western Division Proposed Project Use Power Rate
Document Number: 05-8579
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is proposing a rate adjustment (proposed rate) for Project Use Power for the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program (P-SMBP), Eastern and Western Division. The proposed rate for Project Use Power is to recover all annual operating, maintenance, and replacement expenses. The analysis of the proposed Project Use Rate is included in a booklet available upon request. The proposed rate for Project Use Power will become effective August 1, 2005. This notice provides the opportunity for public comment. After review of comments received, Reclamation will consider them, revise the rates if necessary, and recommend a proposed rate for approval to the Secretary of the Interior's Office.
Folsom Dam Road Restricted Access, Folsom, CA
Document Number: 05-8238
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (as amended), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Folsom Dam Road Restricted Access action. The action would entail a long-term decision on the closure of Folsom Dam Road to public access. A Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS was published in the Federal Register on Friday, December 3, 2004 (69 FR 70278). The written comment period on the Draft EIS ended on Tuesday, January 18, 2005. The Final EIS contains responses to all comments received and reflects comments and any additional information received during the review period.
Quarterly Status Report of Water Service, Repayment, and Other Water-Related Contract Negotiations
Document Number: 05-7789
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Notice is hereby given of contractual actions that have been proposed to the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and are new, modified, discontinued, or completed since the last publication of this notice on March 10, 2005. This notice is one of a variety of means used to inform the public about proposed contractual actions for capital recovery and management of project resources and facilities consistent with section 9(f) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939. Additional announcements of individual contract actions may be published in the Federal Register and in newspapers of general circulation in the areas determined by Reclamation to be affected by the proposed action.
Information Collection Activities; Extension of a Currently Approved Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-7479
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-04-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) intends to extend a current information collection approved by the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB). The collection is entitled Summary of Water Requirements for Crops Grown on Eligible Land, OMB No. 1006-0024. Before submitting the information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget for approval, Reclamation is soliciting comments on specific aspects of that form.