Natural Resources Conservation Service 2019 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

The Secretary of Agriculture's Determination of the Primary Purpose of the Nevada Petroleum Claims Fund for the Cleanup of Petroleum Discharge From Storage
Document Number: 2019-27581
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS is providing public notice that the Secretary of Agriculture has determined that cost share payments made by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) are primarily for the purpose of conserving soil and water resources or protecting and restoring the environment. NRCS was assigned technical and administrative responsibility for reviewing NDEP's Petroleum Claims Fund program and for making appropriate recommendations for the Secretary's determination of primary purpose. The Secretary made the determination for the State of Nevada's Petroleum Claims Fund program administered by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.
Notice of Availability of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Little Otter Creek Watershed Plan, Caldwell County, Missouri
Document Number: 2019-25557
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-25
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS announces the availability of the FSEIS for the Little Otter Creek Watershed Plan (LOCWP), Caldwell County, Missouri, involving the proposed construction of a multi-purpose reservoir. The purpose of this supplement is to address changes which have occurred since NRCS prepared the LOCWP and Environmental Impact Statement in 2003. The FSEIS updates the original EIS with more recent relevant environmental information and expands the alternatives analysis beyond those previously considered. The FSEIS evaluates reasonable and practicable alternatives and their expected environmental impacts under the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) provisions of the Council on Environmental Quality.
Adoption of Final Environmental Impact Statement (DOI-BLM-ID-B000-2014-0002-EIS) Prepared for the Bruneau-Owyhee Sage-Grouse Habitat Project
Document Number: 2019-24576
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS announces its intent to adopt the FEIS, titled ``Bruneau- Owyhee Sage-grouse Habitat Project'' (BOSH), prepared by the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM), under the provisions of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations. The proposed action will improve and maintain suitable sage-grouse habitat within southwestern Idaho by removing early stage encroaching western juniper.
Watkins Branch Watershed in Buchanan County, Virginia
Document Number: 2019-24447
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS gives notice of the deauthorization of Federal funding for the Watkins Branch Watershed project in Buchanan County, Virginia.
Johns Creek Watershed Dam No. 1, Craig County, Virginia
Document Number: 2019-23795
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the rehabilitation of Johns Creek Watershed Dam No. 1, Craig County, Virginia and Finding of No Significant Impact.
Notice of Proposed Revisions to the National Handbook of Conservation Practices for the Natural Resources Conservation Service
Document Number: 2019-23111
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is giving this notice that it intends to issue a series of revised conservation practice standards in the National Handbook of Conservation Practices (NHCP), and NRCS is also giving the public an opportunity to provide comments on specified practice conservation standards in NHCP.
Adoption of Another Agency's Final Environmental Impact Statement To Implement the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program
Document Number: 2019-22652
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS announces the availability of the agency's Record of Decision (ROD) to adopt the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), ``Feral Swine Damage Management: A National Approach EIS'', prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), under the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) adoption provisions of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).
Adoption of Another Agency's Final Environmental Impact Statement To Implement the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program
Document Number: 2019-15211
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-07-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS announces its intent to adopt the FEIS, titled ``Feral Swine Damage Management: A National Approach EIS'', prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), under the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) adoption provisions of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).
Miscellaneous Conservation Provisions
Document Number: 2019-09151
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-05-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) made several minor changes to certain of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation programs and related requirements. The conservation programs and related requirements include the administration of the State Technical Committee, the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act Program, the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP), the Technical Service Provider (TSP) Assistance provisions, and the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP). This rule makes changes to the existing regulations for the conservation programs that are consistent with the changes made by the 2018 Farm Bill.
South Branch Potomac River Subwatershed of the Potomac River Watershed, Highland County, Virginia and Pendleton and Grant Counties, West Virginia
Document Number: 2019-08598
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS gives notice of the deauthorization of Federal funding for the South Branch Potomac River Subwatershed of the Potomac River Watershed project, Highland County, Virginia and Pendleton and Grant Counties, West Virginia, effective November 29, 2018.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Willow Creek Watershed, Glacier County, Montana, on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation
Document Number: 2019-05322
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The NRCS Montana State Office gives notice that an EIS is being prepared for the Willow Creek Watershed Project in the proximity of Browning, Montana on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. This notice announces our intent to prepare an EIS, provide information on the nature of the proposed action and possible alternatives, invite public participation in the EIS process, and identify cooperating agency contacts. The EIS process will evaluate alternatives recommended for detailed study because of previous planning-level studies completed by NRCS and additional (new) alternatives identified during scoping.
Watkins Branch Watershed, Buchanan County, Virginia
Document Number: 2019-05309
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS gives notice of the intent to deauthorize Federal funding for the Watkins Branch Watershed project, Buchanan County, Virginia.
Review of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service National Conservation Practice Standards
Document Number: 2019-04290
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) amended the Food Security Act of 1985, to require an expedited review of conservation practice standards, including engineering design specifications, that were in effect on December 19, 2018. NRCS will evaluate opportunities to increase flexibility in the conservation practice standards in a manner that ensures equivalent natural resource benefits. This notice announces that NRCS will be reviewing the national conservation practice standards in the National Handbook of Conservation Practices and is requesting comments from the public about how to improve the conservation practice standards.
Lick Creek Watershed, Russell, Dickenson and Wise Counties, Virginia
Document Number: 2019-02701
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS gives notice of the deauthorization of Federal funding for the Lick Creek Watershed project, Russell, Dickenson and Wise Counties, Virginia.
2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session
Document Number: 2019-02360
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Risk Management Agency
In preparing to implement the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill), we are hosting a listening session for initial public input about new programs and changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Risk Management Agency (RMA). The 2018 Farm Bill is intended to provide support, certainty, and stability to our Nation's farmers, ranchers, and land stewards by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs, and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation. We invite you to participate in the listening session. The listening session is open to the public.
Information Collection Request for Volunteer Program-Earth Team
Document Number: 2019-01811
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension and a revision of a currently approved information collection associated with Volunteer ProgramEarth Team. The Volunteer Interest and Placement Summary and the Timesheet forms are used by the respondents. The information NRCS collects on the forms is used to match the skills of individuals, who are 14 years of age or older and interested in volunteering for opportunities that will further NRCS's mission.