Final Environmental Impact Statement, Habitat Conservation Plan, Implementing Agreement, and Programmatic Agreement, Fowler Ridge Wind Farm, Benton County, Indiana
Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is advising the public of the availability of the final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) associated with an application received from Fowler Ridge Wind Farm LLC, Fowler Ridge II Wind Farm LLC, Fowler Ridge III Wind Farm LLC, and Fowler Ridge IV Wind Farm LLC, collectively referred to as Fowler Ridge (applicant), for an incidental take permit (permit) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). We also announce the availability of the final Fowler Ridge Wind Farm (FRWF; project) Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), prepared in accordance with the ESA, and the availability of a final Programmatic Agreement (PA) to address the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its implementing regulations, ``Protection of Historic Properties.'' Fowler Ridge submitted the HCP, as well as a proposed Implementing Agreement (IA), as part of its incidental take permit application. If issued, the permit would authorize incidental take of the federally endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) from operation of Phases I-IV of the project. Fowler Ridge is requesting a 21-year permit term. The Service is furnishing this notice to allow other agencies and the public an opportunity to review these documents. For locations to review the documents, please see the Availability of Documents section below.
Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision on Comal County's Regional Habitat Conservation Plan for Comal County, Texas
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, make available the final environmental impact statement (FEIS), draft record of decision (ROD), and final Comal County regional habitat conservation plan (RHCP) under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). Our decision is to issue a 30-year incidental take permit to Comal County, Texas, for implementation of the Preferred Alternative (described below), which authorizes incidental take of the endangered golden- cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo, both of which are listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). Comal County has agreed to implement avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures to offset impacts to these species, as described in their RHCP.