Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Applications for Permit
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species, marine mammals, or both. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) prohibit activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is acquired that allows such activities.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Receipt of Application for Incidental Take Permit; Availability of Proposed Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan and Associated Documents; Charlotte County, FL
We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of an incidental take permit (ITP) application and Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Wayne Cimato (applicant) requests an ITP under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). The applicant anticipates taking about 1 acre of Florida scrub-jay habitat in Charlotte County, Florida, for the construction of a single-family residence and associated infrastructure. The applicant's HCP describes the minimization and mitigation measures proposed to address the effects of the project on the scrub-jay.
Adoption and Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment for the Penobscot River Restoration Project
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) hereby gives notice of its intent to adopt the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (Commission) existing Final Environmental Assessment (FEA) for the Application for Surrender of License of the Veazie, Great Works, and Howland Projects. The FEA, issued on May 18, 2010, evaluates the environmental impacts that would result from the Commission approving the applications for license surrender. The Penobscot River Restoration Project (PRRP) seeks to restore diadromous fish to the Penobscot River and key tributaries in accordance with the Lower Penobscot River Basin Comprehensive Settlement Agreement (Agreement), to which the U.S. Department of the Interior (Department) is a signatory. The Service intends to approve mechanisms to assist with funding the PRRP because it will provide substantial benefits for diadromous fish. Based on the Service's independent evaluation, adoption of the FEA would meet the Department's and the Service's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures and guidelines, as the Service is funding the precise actions, the effects of which have already been analyzed by the Commission. As part of that process, the Service is recirculating the FEA as its final Environmental Assessment in accordance with the Service's adoption requirements.