Draft Safe Harbor Agreement Amendment and Application for an Enhancement of Survival Permit, Tres Rios Project, Phoenix, Arizona
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce receipt of an application to amend an existing enhancement of survival permit from the City of Phoenix under the Endangered Species Act. The requested amended permit would authorize a change in baseline for the southwestern willow flycatcher, adjust the enrolled land acreage to reflect City land boundaries, and include the yellow-billed cuckoo in the Safe Harbor Agreement and the enhancement of survival permit associated with the City's Tres Rios Water Project. We invite the public to review and comment on the permit application and the associated draft safe harbor agreement amendment (SHA amendment). In accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, we have determined that the proposed permit action qualifies for a categorical exclusion. We are accepting comments on the draft SHA amendment, and also on a draft NEPA screening form.