Natural Resources Conservation Service 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Intent: To Request an Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E8-31071
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS published in the Federal Register notice of October 22, 2008 (73 FR 62949), a document stating ``Notice to Reinstate a Previously Approved Information Collection.'' This notice corrects the previously published document. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the intention of NRCS to request an extension for, and a revision to, the currently approved information collection, Volunteer ProgramEarth Team. The collected information will help NRCS match the skills of individuals who apply for volunteer work that will further the Agency's mission. Information will be collected from potential volunteers who are at least 14 years of age.
State Technical Committees
Document Number: E8-27657
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Section 1261 of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended (the 1985 Act), requires the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) to establish a technical committee in each State to assist the Secretary in the considerations relating to implementation and technical aspects of the conservation programs authorized under the 1985 Act. Section 1262 of the 1985 Act describes the responsibilities of the State Technical Committees to work with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in an advisory capacity. Part 610, Subpart C of title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations contains the current regulations for State Technical Committees. Section 2711 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Act) amended Sections 1261 and 1262 of the 1985 Act to expand agricultural and forestry involvement on the committees, expand the committees' authority related to reviewing Local Working Groups' efforts to address State program priorities, and require the Secretary to standardize committee operations. Section 246(f)(3) of the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 exempted State Technical Committees from the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The 2008 Act clarifies that the Local Working Groups shall be considered a subcommittee of the applicable State Technical Committee for the purposes of this exemption. This interim final rule adopts these changes.
Withdrawal of Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Manoa Watershed, Honolulu County, HI
Document Number: E8-25213
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Withdraw from publication the Notice of Intent dated Thursday, March 22, 2007, Federal Register/Vol. 72. No. 55, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced its intention to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act for the Manoa Watershed Plan to mitigate residential and commercial flooding in Manoa Valley, City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii. The Manoa Watershed Plan and joint EIS would be prepared by NRCS, State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, and the City and County of Honolulu. The federal authority for the project was the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (Pub. L. 83-566, as amended). The EIS would evaluate the full range of alternatives to mitigate flooding of the magnitude experienced on October 30, 2004, when an intense rainstorm hit the upper Manoa Valley, causing nearly $100 million in flood damage to residences, businesses, and facilities at the University of Hawaii. The Manoa Watershed project has not received funding in the 2007 and 2008 fiscal years. The Manoa Watershed area will be incorporated into the Ala Wai Canal Project, administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which will continue to pursue a flood protection plan for Manoa Valley. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Ala Wai Canal Project in the Federal Register on October 2, 2008. Therefore, NRCS is withdrawing its Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS.
Notice To Reinstate a Previously Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E8-25074
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces NRCS' intention to reinstate a previously approved information collection. The collected information will help NRCS match the skills of individuals who are applying for volunteer work that will further the Agency's mission, and provides a timekeeping method for volunteers. Information will be collected from potential volunteers who are 14 years of age or older.
Notice of Meeting of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force
Document Number: E8-24184
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) will meet to continue discussions on air quality issues relating to agriculture.
New Creek Site 14 Rehabilitation Project, New Creek-Whites Run Subwatershed of the Potomac River Watershed, Grant County, WV
Document Number: E8-23153
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR Part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Regulations (7 CFR Part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the New Creek Site 14 Rehabilitation Project of the New CreekWhites Run Subwatershed of the Potomac River Watershed, Grant County, West Virginia.
Notice of Availability of the Record of Decisions (ROD) for Texas Gas Transmission, LLC (Texas Gas) Fayetteville/Greenville Expansion Project
Document Number: E8-22332
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
This notice presents the Record of Decision (ROD) regarding the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) decided to subordinate its rights, acquired under the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), to allow the Texas Gas Transmission, LLC (Texas Gas) to cross NRCS held conservation easements associated with the Arkansas Fayetteville Lateral to Mississippi Greenville Lateral Expansion Project in Humphreys County, Mississippi. The project will affect approximately one NRCS held WRP easement in Mississippi creating a 50- foot permanent right-of-way, being 5 feet on each side of the center of the pipeline, and the temporary right-of-way shall be no greater than 25 feet wide. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) prepared a final environmental impact statement (EIS) to fulfill requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). FERC issued the order of issuing certificate on May 2, 2008.
Denbury Onshore, LLC 24″ CO2
Document Number: E8-22331
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the Denbury Onshore, LLC 24'' CO2 Delhi PipelineMadison and Richland Parishes, Louisiana and Issaquena, Warren and Yazoo Counties, Mississippi.
Regulations for Complying With the National Environmental Policy Act
Document Number: E8-22090
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS or Agency) published an Interim Final Rule on June 25, 2008, amending its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance regulations by clarifying the appropriate use of a program environmental assessment (EA) and by aligning its NEPA public involvement process with that of the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations that implement NEPA. Both changes would better align the Agency regulations with the CEQ NEPA regulations and provide for the efficient and timely environmental review of NRCS actions, particularly those actions where Congress has directed NRCS action within short time periods of 60-90 days. The Council on Environmental Quality, in accordance with their regulations, reviewed and approved the proposed changes on June 11, 2008. The comment period on the interim final rule closed on July 25, 2008. No comments were received on the interim final rule. Accordingly, NRCS is issuing this final rule to indicate that no comments were received and to announce that the interim rule is final without change.
Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC (Midcontinent); Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Docket Nos. CP08-6-000, PF07-4-000 FERC EIS 0220F; May 2008
Document Number: E8-22093
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 CFR Part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR Part 650), the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to subordinate its rights, acquired under the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), to allow the Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC (Midcontinent), to cross NRCS held conservations easements associated with the Midcontinent Project in Madison Parish, LA and Fannin County, Texas. On October 9, 2007, Midcontinent Express Pipeline LLC (Midcontinent) filed an application under section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) for authorization to construct and operate a pipeline and facilities to be known as the Midcontinent Express Pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a final environmental impact statement (EIS) to fulfill requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The purpose of this document was to make public the analysis of the environmental impacts that would likely result from the construction and operation of the proposed Project. The NRCS participated as a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EIS. The project will affect approximately 5 NRCS held Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) easements by creating a 50 ft. permanent right of way (within a 100 ft. construction right of way) that extends for approximately 506 miles of which 1.41 miles is over lands encumbered under WRP easements located in Madison Parish, Louisiana and Fannin, Texas.
Notice of Proposed Changes to the Natural Resources Conservation Service's National Handbook of Conservation Practices
Document Number: E8-21653
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Notice is hereby given of the intention of NRCS to issue a series of revised conservation practice standards in its National Handbook of Conservation Practices. These standards include: Deep Tillage (Code 324); Waste Transfer (Code 634); and, Road/Trail/Landing Closure and Treatment (Code 654). NRCS State Conservationists who choose to adopt these practices for use within their States will incorporate them into Section IV of their respective electronic Field Office Technical Guide. These practices may be used in conservation systems that treat highly erodible land or on land determined to be a wetland.
White Tanks No. 4 Flood Retarding Structure Rehabilitation Plan, Maricopa County, AZ
Document Number: E8-20533
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regulations (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the White Tanks No. 4 Flood Retarding Structure (FRS) Rehabilitation Plan, Maricopa County, Arizona.
Plant Materials Centers (PMC)
Document Number: E8-20401
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Minor editorial changes are being made to clarify and update the existing regulation. These changes do not significantly affect part 613, however we present the entire part, as amended, for the convenience of the reader.
North Forest Acres Levee/Road Project City of Seward, AK
Document Number: E8-19597
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR part 1500); and the regulations of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice of a Finding of No Significant Impact based on the Environmental Assessment and its Supplemental for the North Forest Acres Road/Levee Project.
Notice of a Finding of No Significant Impact-Little Choconut Creek Watershed, Broome County, NY
Document Number: E8-19160
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR Part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Regulations (7 CFR Part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the Little Choconut Creek Flood Control Dam Site 2 rehabilitation project, Broome County, New York.
Gulf Crossing Pipeline Company, LLC; Gulf South Pipeline Company LP; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Docket Nos. CP07-398-000, CP07-398-001, CP07-399-000, CP07-400-000, CP07-401-000, CP07-402-000, CP07-403-000, FERC EIS 0218F; March 21, 2008
Document Number: E8-18803
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, has decided to subordinate its rights, acquired under the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), to allow the Gulf Crossing Pipeline Company, LLC to cross NRCS held conservations easements associated with the Gulf Crossing Project in Madison Parish, LA and Fannin, Texas. On June 19, 2007, Gulf Crossing Pipeline Company LLC (Gulf Crossing) and Gulf South Pipeline Company LP (Gulf South) jointly filed an application under section 7C of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) for authorization to construct and operate facilities to be known as the Gulf Crossing Project which constitutes four compressor stations and an interstate natural gas pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a final environmental impact statement (EIS) to fulfill requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The purpose of this document was to make public the analysis of the environmental impacts that would likely result from the construction and operation of the proposed project. The NRCS participated as a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EIS. The project will affect approximately three (3) NRCS held Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) easements by creating a 50 ft. permanent right of way (within a 100 ft. construction right of way) that extends for approximately 356.3 miles of which 4.6 miles is over lands encumbered under WRP easements located in Madison, Louisiana and Fannin, Texas.
Environmental Assessment; Rehabilitation of Grade Stabilization Structure W-3, Papillion Creek Watershed, Washington County, NE
Document Number: E8-18533
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has prepared an Environmental Assessment in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as amended. Pursuant to the implementing regulations for NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508); the USDA Departmental Policy for the NEPA (7 CFR part 1b); the Natural Resources Conservation Service Regulations (7 CFR part 650); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service policy (General Manual Title 190, Part 410); the Natural Resources Conservation Service gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the rehabilitation of grade stabilization Structure W3 in Papillion Creek Watershed, Washington County, Nebraska. The Environmental Assessment was developed in coordination with the sponsoring local organization (Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District) for a federally assisted action to address grade stabilization and incidental flood control prevention in the Papillion Creek Watershed and the status of grade stabilization Structure W-3. Upon consideration of the affected environment, alternatives, environmental consequences, and comments and coordination with concerned public and agencies, the State Conservationist for NRCS, Nebraska found that based on the significance and context and intensity that the proposed action is not a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. Thus, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was made.
Notice of Proposed Change to the Natural Resources Conservation Service's National Handbook of Conservation Practices
Document Number: E8-17392
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
It is the intention of the NRCS in Idaho to issue a revised conservation practice standards in its National Handbook of Conservation Practices. The revised standard is: Filter Strip (393).
The Secretary of Agriculture's Determination of the Primary Purpose of Pennsylvania's Upper Makefield Township Riparian Restoration and Preservation Grant Program
Document Number: E8-16748
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS is providing public notice that the Secretary of Agriculture has determined the payments made under Pennsylvania's Upper Makefield Township Riparian Restoration and Preservation Grant Program are primarily for the purpose of protecting or restoring the environment. NRCS was assigned technical and administrative responsibility for reviewing the Upper Makefield Township Riparian Restoration and Preservation Grant Program and making appropriate recommendations for the Secretary's determination of primary purpose. This determination is in accordance with section 126 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended (26 U.S.C. 126), and permits recipients of cost-share payments to exclude from gross income to the extent allowed by the Internal Revenue Service.
Notice of Proposed Changes to the Natural Resources Conservation Service's National Handbook of Conservation Practices
Document Number: E8-16024
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Notice is hereby given of the intention of NRCS to issue a series of revised conservation practice standards in its National Handbook of Conservation Practices. These standards include: Residue Management, Seasonal (Code 344); Grassed Waterway (Code 412); Mulching (Code 484); Stripcropping (Code 585); Cross Wind Ridges (Code 588); Terrace (Code 600); Underground Outlet (Code 620); and Water and Sediment Control Basin (Code 638). NRCS State Conservationists who choose to adopt these practices for use within their States will incorporate them into Section IV of their respective electronic Field Office Technical Guide. These practices may be used in conservation systems that treat highly erodible land or on land determined to be a wetland.
Regulations for Complying With the National Environmental Policy Act
Document Number: E8-14122
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-06-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS or Agency) is amending its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance regulations by clarifying the appropriate use of a program environmental assessment (EA) and by aligning its NEPA public involvement process with that of the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations that implement the NEPA. Both changes would better align the Agency regulations with the CEQ NEPA regulations and provide for the efficient and timely environmental review of NRCS actions, particularly those actions where Congress has directed NRCS action within short time periods of 60-90 days.
TE-34 Penchant Basin Natural Resources Plan; Terrebonne Parish, LA
Document Number: E8-14232
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102 (2) (C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 CFR Part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR Part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the Penchant Basin Natural Resources Plan (TE-34), Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.
Agricultural Air Quality Task Force
Document Number: E8-13675
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-06-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Secretary of Agriculture intends to reestablish the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) and requests nominations for qualified persons to serve as members.
Pohick Creek Watershed Dam No. 3, Fairfax County, VA
Document Number: E8-11936
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102[2][c] of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations [40 CFR Part 1500]; and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Regulations [7 CFR Part 650]; the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the rehabilitation of Pohick Creek Watershed Dam No. 3, Fairfax County, Virginia.
West Tarkio Creek Watershed, Montgomery, Fremont and Page Counties, Iowa and Atchison County, MO
Document Number: E8-10699
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Al Garner, responsible Federal official for projects administered under the provisions of Public Law 83-566, 16 U.S.C. 1001- 1008, and the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006, PL-109- 97, in the State of Iowa, is hereby providing notification that a record of decision to proceed with the installation of West Tarkio Creek Watershed project is available. Copies of this record of decision may be obtained from the Iowa NRCS Web site http:// www.ia.nrcs.usda.gov/, or from Al Garner at the address shown below.
Rehabilitation of Floodwater Retarding Structure No. 5 of the Plum Creek Watershed, Hays County, Texas
Document Number: E8-10698
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Regulations (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the rehabilitation of Floodwater Retarding Structure No. 5 of the Plum Creek Watershed, Hays County, Texas.
Conservation Security Program; Correction
Document Number: E8-10360
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS and CCC published in the Federal Register on April 10, 2008, (73 FR 19456), a document stating ``Notice of the Conservation Security Program, (CSP-08-01) sign up.'' This notice extends the sign- up period end date from May 16, 2008, to May 30, 2008, in the SUMMARY and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections of the previously published document.
BA-41 South Shore of the Pen Shoreline Protection and Marsh Creation; Jefferson Parish, LA
Document Number: E8-9408
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 CFR Part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR Part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the South Shore of the Pen Shoreline Protection and Marsh Creation Project (BA- 41), Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
Upper East Canyon Creek Watershed Stream Restoration Projects
Document Number: E8-8952
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for UPPER EAST CANYON CREEK WATERSHED STREAM RESTORATION PROJECTS, Summit County, Utah.
Notice of Proposed Change to Section IV of the Virginia State Technical Guide
Document Number: E8-8950
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
It has been determined by the NRCS State Conservationist for Virginia that changes must be made in the NRCS State Technical Guide specifically in practice standards: 642, Water Well; 516, Pipeline; 614, Watering Facility; 533, Pumping Plant; and 527, Sinkhole and Sinkhole Area. These practices will be used to plan and install conservation practices on cropland, pastureland, woodland, and wildlife land.
Notice of Meeting of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force
Document Number: E8-8949
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF) will meet to continue discussions on air quality issues relating to agriculture.
Conservation Security Program; Correction
Document Number: E8-7629
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Commodity Credit Corporation and Natural Resources Conservation Service published in the Federal Register on March 27, 2008, (73 FR 16246), a document stating ``Notice of the Conservation Security Program, (CSP-08-01) sign-up. This notice corrects the end date from May 17, 2008 to May 16, 2008, in the SUMMARY and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections of the previously published document. Additionally, page 16251 of the Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 60, dated Thursday, March 27, 2008, contains a 2008 Conservation System CriteriaCropland table that requires numerical corrections. The 2008 Conservation System CriteriaCropland table needs to be revised by deleting: from the Group Level 2 row``and
Conservation Security Program
Document Number: E8-6177
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Natural Resources Conservation Service
This document announces the Fiscal Year 2008 sign-up, CSP-08- 01, for the Conservation Security Program (CSP). This sign-up will be open from April 18, 2008 through May 17, 2008, in selected 8-digit watersheds.
Pine Barren Creek Watershed, Escambia County, AL
Document Number: 08-993
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Pine Barren Creek Watershed is a federally assisted action authorized for planning under Public Law 83-566, the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act. An environmental assessment was undertaken in conjunction with the development of a watershed plan that outlines alternatives for flood reduction within the City of Atmore, Alabama.
Notice To Rescind Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, Middle Fork Popo Agie River Watershed, Fremont County, WY
Document Number: E8-4265
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is issuing this notice to advise the public that we are rescinding the notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to address recurring flooding impacts along the Middle Fork Popo Agie River in and near the city of Lander, Fremont County, Wyoming, which was issued in the Federal Register on November 26, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 228).
Notice of Proposed Change to Section IV of the Virginia State Technical Guide
Document Number: E8-3384
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
It has been determined by the NRCS State Conservationist for Virginia that changes must be made in the NRCS State Technical Guide specifically to add practice standard: 395, Stream Habitat Improvement and Management. This practice will be used to maintain, improve or restore stream habitat necessary for meeting the life history requirements of desired aquatic species.
Notice of Proposed Change to Section IV of the North Carolina State Technical Guide
Document Number: E8-3382
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
It has been determined by the NRCS State Conservationist for North Carolina that changes must be made in the NRCS State Technical Guide specifically in practice standard 330, Contour Farming to account for improved technology. This practice can be used in systems that treat highly erodible land.
Notice of Availability of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Kaycee Flood Protection Project, Middle Fork Powder River Watershed, Johnson County, Wyoming
Document Number: E8-3296
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; Public Law 91-190, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR Part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Regulations (7 CFR Part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an Environmental Impact Statement is not being prepared for the Kaycee Flood Protection Project, Middle Fork Powder River Watershed, Johnson County, Wyoming.
Webber Pond Fish Passage, Webber Pond Watershed, Vassalboro, ME
Document Number: 08-801
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has prepared an Environmental assessment (EA) for the Webber Pond Fish Passage Project, Vassalboro, Maine. NRCS has found that the installation of an Alaska Steep Pass Fishway, American eel passage ladder and water control structure would not result in a significant impact on the quality of the human environment, particularly when focusing on the significant adverse effects that National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is intended to help decision makers avoid and mitigate. Therefore, NRCS has prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in compliance with the (NEPA), as amended, and gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared.
Notice of Proposed Change to Section IV of the Virginia State Technical Guide
Document Number: E8-2321
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
It has been determined by the NRCS State Conservationist for Virginia that changes must be made in the NRCS State Technical Guide specifically in practice standards: 578, Stream Crossing; 574, Spring Development; 561, Heavy Use Area protection; 575, Animal Trails and Walkways; and 560, Access Road. These practices will be used to plan and install conservation practices on cropland, pastureland, woodland, and wildlife land.
Notice of Proposed Changes to the Natural Resources Conservation Service's National Handbook of Conservation Practices
Document Number: E8-1115
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
It is NRCS's intention to issue a series of new or revised conservation practice standards in its National Handbook of Conservation Practices. These standards include: ``Filter Strip (Code 393),'' ``Hillside Ditch (Code 423),'' ``Access Control (formerly titled Use Exclusion) (Code 472),'' ``Drainage Water Management (Code 554),'' ``Vegetated Treatment Area (formerly titled Wastewater Treatment Strip) (Code 635),'' and ``Constructed Wetland (Code 656).'' NRCS State Conservationists who choose to adopt these practices for use within their States will incorporate them into Section IV of their respective electronic Field Office Technical Guides. These practices may be used in conservation systems that treat highly erodible land (HEL) or on land determined to be a wetland.
Southeast Supply Header Project; Southeast Supply Header, LLC; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Docket Nos. CP07-44-000, CP07-45-000, PF06-28-000, FERC EIS 0211; August 2007
Document Number: E8-298
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 CFR Part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR Part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, has decided to subordinate its rights, acquired under the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), to allow the Southeast Supply Header, LLC to cross NRCS held conservations easements associated with the Southeast Supply Header Project in Madison Parish, LA. On December 18, 2006, SESH filed, in Docket No. CP07-446-000, an application with the Commission pursuant to section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act and Part 157 of the Commission's regulations for a Certificate to construct, operate, and maintain an interstate natural gas pipeline and associated ancillary and aboveground facilities. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a final environmental impact statement (EIS) to fulfill requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The purpose of this document was to make public the analysis of the environmental impacts that would likely result from the construction and operation of the proposed Project. The NRCS participated as a cooperating agency in the preparation of the EIS. The project will affect approximately 7 NRCS held Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) easements by creating a 50 ft. permanent right of way (within a 100 ft. construction right-of-way) that extends for approximately 269 miles of which 6.7 miles is over lands encumbered under WRP easements located in Madison Parish, Louisiana. Of the 34,584 acres encumbered by WRP easements in Madison Parish, Louisiana 73.93 acres will be affected.