Reclamation Bureau 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Yakima River Basin Water Storage Feasibility Study; Benton, Yakima, and Kittitas Counties, Washington
Document Number: E6-22386
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes to prepare a combined Planning Report and Environmental Impact Statement (PR/EIS) on the Yakima River Basin Water Storage Feasibility Study. The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is a joint lead with Reclamation in the preparation of this Environmental Impact Statement which will also be used to comply with requirements of the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The purpose of Reclamation's Yakima River Basin Water Storage Feasibility Study is to evaluate alternatives that would create additional water storage for the Yakima River basin and assess their potential to supply the water needed for ecosystem aquatic habitat, basin-wide agriculture, and municipal demands. The need for the study is based on the existing finite water supply and limited storage capability of the Yakima River basin in low water years. This finite supply and limited storage capacity do not meet the water supply demands in all years and result in significant adverse impact to the Yakima River basin's economy, which is agriculture-based, and to the basin's aquatic habitat, specifically, anadromous fisheries. The study seeks to identify means of increasing water storage available, including storage of Columbia River water, for purposes of improving anadromous fish habitat and meeting irrigation and municipal water supply needs.
Change in Discount Rate for Water Resources Planning
Document Number: E6-21930
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-22
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 2007 is 4.875 percent. Discounting is to be used to convert future monetary values to present values.
New Melones Lake Project Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS), Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties, CA
Document Number: E6-21471
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Reclamation Act of 1902, the Reclamation Project Act of 1939, and the Reclamation Recreation Management Act of 1992, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes to prepare an integrated RMP/EIS for the New Melones Lake Project. Reclamation is the lead federal agency for NEPA. The RMP process is designed to evaluate current and future resource conditions for a management area and to analyze whether updated or new management actions are necessary to attain desired long- term goals. The public is invited to participate in the planning process by submitting comments during the scoping period and the public comment period on the draft RMP/EIS. Other opportunities to participate will be described during the public scoping meetings.
Long-Term Experimental Plan for the Operation of Glen Canyon Dam and Other Associated Management Activities
Document Number: E6-20756
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
In a Federal Register notice published on November 6, 2006 (71 FR 64982-64983), and pursuant to Sec. 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, and 40 CFR 1508.22, the Department of the Interior (Department), acting through the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), provided notice that the Department intends to prepare an EIS and conduct public scoping meetings for the adoption of a Long-Term Experimental Plan for the operation of Glen Canyon Dam and other associated management activities. This Federal Register notice, prepared pursuant to 40 CFR 1508.22, provides information on additional public scoping meetings, the purpose and need for the proposed action, and additional background on the Long-Term Experimental Plan. The purpose of the Long-Term Experimental Plan is to increase understanding of the ecosystem downstream from Glen Canyon Dam and to improve and protect important downstream resources. The NEPA process would evaluate the implications and impacts of each of the alternatives on all of the purposes and benefits of Glen Canyon Dam as well as on downstream resources. The proposed plan would implement a structured, long-term program of experimentation (including dam operations, modifications to Glen Canyon Dam intake structures, and other non-flow management actions, such as removal of non-native fish species) and monitoring in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam. The proposed Long-Term Experimental Plan is intended to ensure a continued, structured application of adaptive management in such a manner as to protect, mitigate adverse impacts to, and improve the values for which Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area were established, including, but not limited to natural and cultural resources and visitor use, consistent with applicable Federal law. The Long-Term Experimental Plan will build on a decade of scientific experimentation and monitoring that has taken place as part of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program, and will build on the knowledge gained by experiments, operations, and management actions taken under the program. Accordingly, Reclamation intends to tier from earlier NEPA compliance documents prepared as part of the Department's Glen Canyon Adaptive Management Program efforts, see 40 CFR 1500.4(i), 1502.20, and 1508.20(b), such as the 2002 Environmental Assessment prepared on adaptive management experimental actions at Glen Canyon Dam (Proposed Experimental Releases from Glen Canyon Dam and Removal of Non-Native Fish). Dates and Addresses: Two additional public scoping meetings will be held to solicit comments on the scope of the Long-Term Experimental Plan and the issues and alternatives that should be analyzed. The meetings will serve to expand upon the input received from the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program meetings and the recommendations of the Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG), a federal advisory committee. Oral and written comments will be accepted at the meetings to be held at the following locations: Thursday, January 4, 20076 p.m. to 8 p.m., Embassy Suites Phoenix Airport at 44th Street, 1515 North 44th Street, Cholla Room, Phoenix, Arizona. Friday, January 5, 20076 p.m. to 8 p.m., Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 South West Temple, Salon 1, Salt Lake City, Utah. Written comments on the proposed development of the Long-Term Experimental Plan may be sent by close of business on Wednesday, February 28, 2007, to: Regional Director, Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Region, Attention: UC-402, 125 South State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84318-1147, faxogram at (801) 524-3858, or e-mail at GCDExpPlan@uc.usbr.gov.
South Delta Improvements Program, Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta, CA
Document Number: 06-9601
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-08
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) have prepared a Final EIS/EIR for the South Delta Improvements Program (SDIP). The SDIP is being pursued to address the needs of the Sacramento- San Joaquin River Delta (Delta) aquatic environment, as well as longstanding statewise, regional and local water supply needs. Reclamation and DWR have identified the following objectives and purpose: reduce the movement of San Joaquin River watershed Central Valley fall-/late fall-run juvenile Chinook salmon into the south Delta via Old River; maintain adequate water levels and, through improved circulation, water quality available for agricultural diversions in the south Delta, downstream of the head of Old River; and increase water deliveries and delivery reliability for Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) water contractors south of the Delta and provide opportunities to convey water for fish and wildlife purposes by increasing the maximum permitted level of diversion through the existing intake gates at Clifton Court Forebay from 6680 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 8500 cfs.
California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee Public Meeting
Document Number: 06-9513
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-05
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 14, 2006. This meeting will be held jointly with the California Bay-Delta Authority. The agenda for the joint meeting will include discussions with State and Federal agency representatives on end of Stage 1 decisions and planning for Stage 2 actions for the CALFED Bay-Delta Program (Program); and recommendations on Year 6 Program Performance and Accomplishments, Year 7 Priorities and Program Plans, and Program Performance and Balance. The meeting will also include reports form the Lead Scientist and the Independent Science Board, along with updates on the Delta Vision, Delta Risk Management Strategy, Pelagic Organisms Decline Action Plan, and Program Performance and Tracking.
Folsom Dam Safety and Flood Damage Reduction (DS/FDR) Action-Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer Counties, CA
Document Number: E6-20155
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-28
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), CEQ NEPA Regulations (40 CFR 1502.9[c][1]), and Public Resources Code, sections 21000-21177 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15088.5 of the CEQA Guidelines, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the lead Federal agency; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), a cooperating Federal agency; the Reclamation Board of the State of California, the lead State agency; and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA), the local sponsor, have made available for public review and comment a Draft EIS/ EIR for the Folsom DS/FDR Action. The Folsom DS/FDR Draft EIS/EIR describes five action alternatives which include numerous features that address previously identified and ongoing dam safety, flood damage reduction, and security issues by modifying Folsom Dam and Appurtenant Structures (the Folsom Facility). The alternatives include features that would address Reclamation's dam safety objectives and the Corps' flood damage reduction objectives jointly, as well as features or increments that would exclusively address dam safety, security, or flood damage reduction objectives and would be constructed and authorized by the respective agencies. Engineering, economic, and environmental studies have been conducted to help determine reasonable design alternatives and their impacts. The no action alternative is also included in these analyses. As part of the NEPA process, two public hearing sessions will be held to provide interested individuals and organizations with an opportunity to comment verbally and in writing on the Folsom DS/FDR Draft EIS/EIR. The first hour of each public hearing session will allow time to review information stations and displays, ask questions, and provide written comments on comment forms; the formal hearing will be held for one hour and be extended to two hours if needed. Information gathered from the EIS/EIR review process will be used in conjunction with technical and economic principles to determine the preferred alternative.
Quarterly Status Report of Water Service, Repayment, and Other Water-Related Contract Negotiations
Document Number: E6-19554
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-20
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 August 2, 2006. 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.
Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Criteria for Developing Refuge Water Management Plans
Document Number: E6-19083
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-13
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The ``Criteria for Developing Refuge Water Management Plans'' (Refuge Criteria), as applied in the following areas, are now available for public comment. North Grassland State Wildlife Area, China Island North Grassland State Wildlife Area, Salt Slough Merced National Wildlife Refuge Los Banos State Wildlife Area Mendota State Wildlife Area San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Delevan National Wildlife Refuge Colusa National Wildlife Refuge Kern National Wildlife Refuge Volta State Wildlife Area Pixley National Wildlife Refuge The Refuge Criteria provides a common methodology, or standard, for efficient use of water by Federal Wildlife Refuges, State Wildlife Management Areas and Resource Conservation Districts that receive water under provisions of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA). They document the process and format by which Refuge Water Management Plans (Plans) should be prepared and submitted to Reclamation as part of the Refuge/District Water Supply Contracts and Memorandum of Agreements. The Refuge Criteria refers to Refuges, Wildlife Areas and Resource Conservation Districts as Refuges. Those Refuges that entered into water supply contracts with Reclamation, as a result of the CVPIA and subsequent Department of the Interior administrative review processes, are required to prepare Plans using the Refuge Criteria.
Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Water Management Plans
Document Number: E6-18760
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-07
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The following Water Management Plans are available for review: Patterson Irrigation District. Porterville Irrigation District. Pixley Irrigation District. Lower Tule River 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) developed and published the Criteria for Evaluating Water Management Plans (Criteria).
Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG)
Document Number: E6-18575
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-06
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. Dates and Addresses: The AMWG will conduct the following public meeting: Phoenix, ArizonaDecember 5-6, 2006. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. on the first day and begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. on the second day. The meeting will be held at the Fiesta Inn Resort (Encantada Ballroom) located at 2100 South Priest Drive in Tempe, Arizona. Agenda: The purpose of the meeting will be to (1) review and develop a recommendation to the Secretary of the Interior for a Long- Term Experimental Plan; (2) receive an update on progress for development of a Lower Colorado River recovery program and related work/goals for the endangered humpback chub; (3) discuss a selective withdrawal structure for Glen Canyon Dam; (4) review fiscal year 2006 program expenditures; (5) approve the public outreach Web site; and (6) discuss research and monitoring reports, basin hydrology, and other administrative and resource issues pertaining to the AMP. To view a copy of the draft agenda, please visit Reclamation's Web site at: http://www.usbr.gov/uc/rm/amp/amwg/mtgs/06dec05/index.html.
Contra Costa Water District Alternative Intake Project, Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties, CA
Document Number: E6-18579
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-03
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) have prepared a Final EIR/EIS for the proposed Contra Costa Water District Alternative Intake Project. The Draft EIR/ EIS evaluated the potential environmental effects of five alternatives: the No-Action Alternative and four action alternatives. The Final EIR/ EIS contains responses to comments received on the Draft EIR/EIS. A Notice of Availability of the Draft EIR/EIS was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 (71 FR 27275). The public review period on the Draft EIR/EIS ended on Monday, June 26, 2006.
Upper Truckee River and Marsh Restoration Project, El Dorado County, CA
Document Number: E6-17427
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-19
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Compact and Chapter 5 of the TRPA Code of Ordinances, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the TRPA, and the California Tahoe Conservancy (Conservancy), intend to prepare a joint EIS/EIS/EIR. The EIS/EIS/EIR would evaluate a joint Reclamation and TRPA restoration project along the reach of the Upper Truckee River that extends from U.S. Highway 50 north to Lake Tahoe and its adjacent wetland. The purpose of the proposed action is to restore natural geomorphic processes and ecological functions in this lowest reach of the Upper Truckee River and the surrounding marsh to improve ecological values of the study area and help reduce the river's discharge of nutrients and sediment that diminish Lake Tahoe's clarity. The Upper Truckee River and Marsh Restoration Project is identified in TRPA's Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) as a project that is necessary to restore and maintain environmental thresholds for the Lake Tahoe Basin. EIP projects are designed to achieve and maintain environmental thresholds that protect Tahoe's unique and valued resources. Two public scoping meetings will be held to solicit comments from interested parties to assist in determining the scope of the environmental analysis, including the alternatives to be addressed, and to identify the significant environmental issues related to the proposed action.
Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Water Management Plans
Document Number: 06-8573
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-11
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The following Water Management Plans are available for review: Santa Clara Valley Water District City of Fairfield Solano County Water Agency City of Roseville Suisun-Solano 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 has developed and published the Criteria for Evaluating Water Management Plans (Criteria).
Third Public Meeting for Reclamation's Managing for Excellence Project
Document Number: 06-8539
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation is holding a meeting to inform the public about the Managing for Excellence project. This meeting is the third of three previously noticed meetings to be held in 2006 to inform the public about the action items, progress, and results of the Managing for Excellence project and to seek broad feedback. Subsequent meetings will be held in 2007.
Meeting of the Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group, Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Yakima, Washington
Document Number: 06-8501
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-05
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 advice 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.
Public Conduct on Bureau of Reclamation Facilities, Lands, and Waterbodies; Inclusion of Hoover Dam
Document Number: E6-15916
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-28
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
This proposed rule would make public conduct at Hoover Dam subject to the same rules governing public conduct at other Bureau of Reclamation facilities. In order to do this, Reclamation is proposing to remove from the Code of Federal Regulations the existing 43 CFR Part 421 (Rules of Conduct at Hoover Dam) and make public conduct on all Reclamation projects subject to 43 CFR Part 423 (Public Conduct on Bureau of Reclamation Facilities, Lands, and Waterbodies).
Proposed Water Service Contract, El Dorado County Water Agency, El Dorado County, CA
Document Number: C6-7705
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-26
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Advisory Council
Document Number: 06-8160
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-25
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: Wednesday, October 25, 2006Scottsdale AZThe meeting will be held at the Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 North Scottsdale Road. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m., recess at approximately 1 p.m., and reconvene briefly the following day at 1 p.m.
Proposed Water Service Contract, El Dorado County Water Agency, El Dorado County, CA
Document Number: 06-7705
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (as amended) and Section 21061 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and El Dorado County Water Agency (EDCWA) intend to prepare a joint EIS/EIR for a Municipal and Industrial (M&I) water service contract from the Central Valley Project (CVP), California. The proposed project consists of a long term water supply contract under which Reclamation would provide up to 15,000 acre-feet per annum (AFA) to the EDCWA for diversion from Folsom Reservoir or for exchange upstream on the American River. The EDCWA proposes to sub-contract this water equally between El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) and Georgetown Divide Public Utility District (GDPUD). EID proposes to take its supply from Folsom Reservoir. GDPUD proposes to take its supply upstream by way of a water exchange with Placer County Water Agency (PCWA). The GDPUD diversion facility is at the American River Pump Station which is currently under construction.
Upper Truckee River Restoration and Golf Course Relocation Project, El Dorado County, CA
Document Number: E6-14625
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Compact and Chapter 5 of the TRPA Code of Ordinances, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the TRPA, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) intend to prepare a joint EIS/EIS/EIR. The EIS/EIS/EIR would evaluate a restoration project along the reach of the Upper Truckee River that extends from its entry point at the southern boundary of Washoe Meadows State Park (SP) to that point just west of U.S. Highway 50 (U.S. 50) where the river exits Lake Valley State Recreation Area (SRA). Two public scoping meetings will be held to solicit comments from interested parties to assist in determining the scope of the environmental analysis, including the alternatives to be addressed, and to identify the significant environmental issues related to the proposed action.
California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee Public Meeting
Document Number: 06-7158
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-25
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 September 13, 2006. The agenda for the Committee meeting will include discussions with State and Federal agency representatives on the end of Stage 1 decisions and the planning for State 2 of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, Program Plans, and the restructuring of the Committee subcommittees. The meeting will also include updates on science, Delta Vision, Delta Risk Management Strategy, and the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan.
Regulating Non-Contract Use of Colorado River Water in the Lower Basin
Document Number: E6-13687
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-08-18
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is providing advance notice and is seeking public input on its plans to develop a rule to address and reduce the use of Colorado River water in the lower Colorado River basin (Lower Basin) without a contract (Non-Contract Use). Reclamation believes that development of such a rule would help prevent Non-Contract Use from depleting the Colorado River and taking water from holders of Colorado River water entitlements. Reclamation intends that any rule would establish the procedure that Reclamation would follow in making determinations of potential Non-Contract Use including notice and administrative appeal procedures for those entities whose use of Colorado River water falls within the category of Non-Contract use.
Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG), Notice of Meeting (By Phone)
Document Number: E6-13338
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-15
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. The AMWG will conduct the following conference call: Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2006. The call will begin at 2 p.m. (EDT), 12 p.m. (MDT) and 11 a.m. (PDT, and Arizona) and conclude two (2) hours later in the respective time zones. The telephone numbers are: 801-524-3860 for Federal participants and 1-888-264-8816 for non- Federal participants and members of the public. Agenda: The purpose of the meeting will be to review and discuss the TWG recommended Fiscal Year 2007, hydrograph, budget, and workplan, to facilitate making a recommendation to the Secretary of the Interior. Time will be allowed for any individual or organization wishing to make formal oral comments on the call. 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 call. Any written comments received will be provided to the AMWG members.
Second Public Meeting for Reclamation's Managing for Excellence Project
Document Number: 06-6931
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-15
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation is holding a meeting to inform the public about the Managing for Excellence project. This meeting is the second of three meetings that will be held in 2006 to inform the public about the action items, progress, and results of the Managing for Excellence project and to seek broad feedback. A subsequent meeting will likely be held November 2006 in Sacramento, California.
Notice of Intention To Bill for Trinity Public Utilities District Assessment
Document Number: 06-6816
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
To comply with the requirements of Public Law 106-377, the Mid-Pacific Region of the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) will be billing Central Valley Project (CVP) water contractors for their share of the Trinity Public Utilities District (TPUD) assessment. This will be an interim process until supplementary rate setting policies are established that ensure full recovery of the assessment without further appropriation as required in the law. Billings will be prepared with payment due within 30 days and the billing period will cover the TPUD assessment for Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007.
Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group
Document Number: 06-6659
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-03
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 Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group. The purpose of the Adaptive Management Work Group is to advise and provide recommendations to the Secretary with respect to responsibility to comply with the Grand Canyon Protection Act of October 30, 1992, embodied in Public Law 102-575.
Quarterly Status Report of Water Service, Repayment, and Other Water-Related Contract Negotiations
Document Number: E6-12418
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-02
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 May 25, 2006. 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.
Long-Term Miscellaneous Purposes Contract, Carlsbad Irrigation District, New Mexico
Document Number: E6-11678
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (NMISC), as joint lead agencies, have prepared and made available to the public a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, 42 United States Code 4332.
Notice of Preparation of Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Supplemental Information Regarding Red River Valley Water Supply Project, North Dakota
Document Number: E6-11598
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-21
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and State of North Dakota's designee, Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion), as joint lead agencies preparing the DEIS, are continuing work under the National Environmental Policy Act on the environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Red River Valley Water Supply Project, located in North Dakota and Minnesota. This notice is being published to provide information related to the current status of the DEIS and preparation of a SDEIS.
Milltown Hill Project, Douglas County, OR
Document Number: 06-6368
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-20
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) proposes to prepare a supplement to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Milltown Hill Project. Reclamation filed the FEIS for the project with the Environmental Protection Agency on August 14, 1992 and completed a Record of Decision (ROD) on November 7, 1992. The FEIS was prepared in conjunction with Douglas County's (County) application for a Small Reclamation Projects Act loan and grants to develop a dam and reservoir at the Milltown Hill site on Elk Creek above Drain, Oregon. The County's loan and grant application was subsequently approved but the project was never constructed. The County has recently indicated that it wishes to re- activate its Small Reclamation Projects Act loan and grant application. Reclamation believes that due to the time lapse since the FEIS was completed and the ROD was signed, it is appropriate to update the information in the 1992 EIS to determine if it still correctly describes the affected environment and environmental consequences of the project. The proposed action and the no action alternative will be evaluated in the supplement to the FEIS.
Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review
Document Number: 06-6245
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-17
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 (OMB No. 1006-0015) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden.
Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie, Alameda County, California
Document Number: 06-6161
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) intends to prepare an EIS for the Delta-Mendota Canal/California Aqueduct Intertie (Intertie). A primary purpose of the Intertie is to allow for operation and maintenance activities on the Tracy pumping plant and fish facility, the Delta- Mendota Canal, and the O'Neill pumping plant and intake canal. A Draft EIS is expected to be available in May 2007. The Intertie consists of constructing and operating a pumping plant and pipeline connection between the Delta Mendota Canal (DMC) and the California Aqueduct. The Intertie would be used in a number of ways to achieve multiple benefits, including meeting current water supply demands, allowing for the maintenance and repair of the Central Valley Project (CVP) Delta export and conveyance facilities, and providing operational flexibility to respond to emergencies related to both the CVP and State Water Project (SWP). Reclamation decided to withdraw the recently published Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Intertie and to initiate an EIS based on public challenge to the EA content and conclusions.
Agency Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-10659
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-07
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 that the following Information Collection Request (ICR) has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval: Recreation Use Data Report, OMB No. 1006-0002. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden.
Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Water Management Plans
Document Number: E6-10262
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-29
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The following Water Management Plans are available for review: City of Vacaville. Santa Ynez River Conservation District. Sacramento County Water Agency. Grasslands Water District Refuge. El Dorado Irrigation District. City of Redding. 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 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.
California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee Public Meeting Cancellation
Document Number: 06-5701
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-27
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee meeting noticed in the Federal Register on June 15, 2006 (71 FR 34643) has been cancelled. The subject meeting will be rescheduled at a later date which is yet to be determined.
Agency Information Collection Activities; New Information Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-9452
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-16
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: Yakima Basin Recreation Survey, Washington. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost burden.
Public Meeting for Reclamation's Managing for Excellence Project
Document Number: 06-5461
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-16
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation is holding a meeting to inform the public about the Managing for Excellence project. This meeting is the first of three meetings to inform the public about the action items, progress, and results of the Managing for Excellence project and to seek broad feedback. Subsequent meetings will likely be held in September and November 2006 in other metropolitan areas of the Western United States.
California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee Public Meeting
Document Number: 06-5431
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-15
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 July 13, 2006. The agenda for the Committee meeting will include discussions with State and Federal agency representatives on the 10- Year Action Plan, Subcommittee structure, the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan and its relationship to the Delta Regional Ecosystem Restoration Plan, the Delta Vision, end of Stage 1 decisions, and recommendations on implementing agency Program Plans.
San Luis Drainage Feature Reevaluation, Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Merced, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, and Stanislaus Counties, CA
Document Number: E6-9184
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-13
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 has prepared a Final EIS for the San Luis Drainage Feature Reevaluation. Under section 1502.14(e) of the NEPA regulations, the Council for Environmental Quality requires identification of a preferred alternative in the Final EIS. To comply with this requirement and in accordance with the Federally-mandated Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies, Reclamation has identified the National Economic Development alternative, the In-Valley/Drainage-Impaired Area Land Retirement Alternative, as the preferred alternative.
Auburn State Recreation Area General Plan/Interim Resource Management Plan
Document Number: E6-8460
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-01
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) propose to prepare a joint EIS/EIR for the Auburn State Recreation Area General Plan/Interim Resource Management Plan (GP/IRMP). Reclamation is the Lead Federal Agency for NEPA and DPR is the Lead State Agency for CEQA. A public scoping meeting to solicit public input on the alternatives, concerns, and issues to be addressed in the GP/IRMP and EIS/EIR has been scheduled.
Carlsbad Project, New Mexico
Document Number: E6-8352
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-01
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as joint lead agencies, have prepared and made available to the public a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, 42 United States Code 4332.
Quarterly Status Report of Water Service, Repayment, and Other Water-Related Contract Negotiations
Document Number: E6-8005
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-25
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 February 23, 2006. 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.
Platte River Recovery Implementation Program
Document Number: E6-7903
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-24
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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) as joint lead agencies have prepared a final programmatic environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (Program). This FEIS also serves as the Biological Assessment necessary for consultation under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In 1997, the States of Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado and the U.S. Department of the Interior (Interior) signed a Cooperative Agreement for Platte River Research and Other Efforts Relating to Endangered Species Habitats Along the Central Platte River, Nebraska (Cooperative Agreement). In this document, the signatories agreed to pursue a basinwide, cooperative approach to improve and maintain habitat for four threatened and endangered species which use the Platte River in Nebraska: whooping crane (Grus americana), interior least tern (Sterna antillarum), piping plover (Charadrius melodus), and pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus). This Program will provide ESA compliance for Service and Reclamation water projects in the Platte River Basin for the four target species, as well as for other participating projects which require Federal permits.
Contra Costa Water District Alternative Intake Project, Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties, CA
Document Number: E6-7115
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-10
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) have made available for public review and comment a Draft EIR/EIS for the proposed Contra Costa Water District Alternative Intake Project. The Draft EIR/EIS describes and presents the environmental effects of five alternatives: the No-Action Alternative and four action alternatives. Three public hearings will be held to receive comments from individuals and organizations on the Draft EIR/EIS.
California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee Public Meeting
Document Number: 06-4306
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-09
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 May 25, 2006. The agenda for the Committee meeting will include discussions with State and Federal agency representatives on the status of the revitalization of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program including the 10- Year Action Plan and Program Plans, priority setting, the changing roles of the CALFED agencies, and the restructuring of the Committee Subcommittees.
Trinity River Restoration Program, Weaverville, CA
Document Number: E6-6794
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
On December 19, 2000, the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) signed the Record of Decision (ROD) implementing the Trinity River Restoration Program (Program), which adopted the Preferred Alternative analyzed in the Trinity River Mainstem Fishery Restoration Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The Department of the Interior (Department) has identified a discrepancy in the description of the hydrologic forecast used in the annual flow regime component of the Program. The impacts analysis in the FEIS was based upon modeling the historic inflows into the Trinity River watershed above the Trinity Dam and categorizing this data into five water-year classes. These classes and their probability of occurrence were displayed in the FEIS and are repeated below:
Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-6593
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-02
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 seek approval of the following proposed new information collection: Recreation Survey, New Melones Lake Project, Sonora, CA. Before submitting the information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget for approval, Reclamation is soliciting comments on specific aspects of the information collection.
Meeting of the Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group, Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Yakima, WA
Document Number: 06-3894
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-25
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 advice 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.
Navajo Dam, Colorado River Storage Project, New Mexico and Colorado
Document Number: E6-5844
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-20
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Reclamation Bureau
The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the Federal agency responsible for operation of the Navajo Unit (Navajo Dam and Reservoir) has prepared and made available to the public a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) 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.