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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.
Conservation Innovation Grants Fiscal Year 2008 Announcement of Program Funding; Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.912
Document Number: E7-24411
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS requests applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications are accepted from all 50 States, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands), and the Pacific Basin Area (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2008 will be approximately $20 million. Funds will be awarded through a nationwide competitive grants process. There are three CIG categories available in FY 2008: Natural Resource Concerns Category, Technology Category, and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Category. Applications are requested from eligible government or non-government organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between one and three years in duration. This notice identifies the objectives for CIG projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and associated instructions needed to apply to CIG.
Plant Materials Centers
Document Number: E7-23525
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-12-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Minor editorial changes are being made to clarify and update the existing regulation on plant materials centers. Although the changes are minor, the entire part is published in this final rule for the convenience of the reader.
Notice of Intent: To Request Comments on a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E7-23189
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the intention of NRCS to request a revision for a currently approved information collection, Long-Term Contracting.
Notice of Intent To Request Comments on a Currently Approved Information Collection.
Document Number: 07-5747
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
This notice announces the intention of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to request comments on a currently approved information collection for which approval will expire, 0578-0030, Emergency Watershed Protection Program. Public Participation: The NRCS invites full public participation to promote open communication and better decision-making. All persons and organizations that have an interest in the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program are urged to provide comments. Scoping Process: Public participation is requested throughout the scoping process. The NRCS is soliciting comment the public indicating what issues and impacts the public believes should be encompassed within the scope of the EWP Program. Comments are invited on (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility, (b) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used, (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected, and (d) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, such as through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technologic collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Date Scoping Comments Are Due: Comments on this notice must be received by January 18, 2008 to ensure consideration. Comments may be sent to Phyllis I. Watkins, Agency OMB Clearance Officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Mailstop 5460, Beltsville, MD 20705-5000; (301) 504- 2170; phyllis.i.watkins@wdc.usda.gov.
Sandy Urban Fish Pond/Park Project, Salt Lake County, UT
Document Number: E7-20198
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-15
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 Sandy Urban Fish Pond/Park Project, Salt Lake County, UT.
Supplemental Watershed Plan -Environmental Assessment for the Mary's Creek Watershed Floodwater Retarding Structure No. 7; Shelby County, TN
Document Number: E7-19530
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-03
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 Supplemental Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessment for the Mary's Creek Watershed Floodwater Retarding Structure No. 7, Shelby County, Tennessee.
Notice of Proposed Change to Section IV of the Virginia State Technical Guide
Document Number: E7-17624
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-06
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: 396, Fish Passage and 645, Upland Wildlife Habitat Management. These practices will be used to plan and install conservation practices on cropland, pastureland, woodland, and wildlife land.
Notice of Meeting of the Agriculture Air Quality Task Force
Document Number: 07-4265
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-31
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.
Lost Creek Watershed, Newton County, MO
Document Number: E7-16703
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-23
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 Lost Creek Watershed, Newton County, Missouri.
Dunloup Creek Watershed, Fayette and Raleigh Counties, WV
Document Number: E7-16382
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Kevin Wickey, responsible Federal official for projects administered under the provisions of the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act, Public Law 83-566, 16 U.S.C. 1001-1008, in the State of West Virginia, is hereby providing notification that a Record of Decision to proceed with the installation of the Dunloup Creek Watershed Project is available. Single copies of this Record of Decision may be obtained from Kevin Wickey at the address shown below.
Notice of Proposed Changes to Section IV of the Iowa State Technical Guide
Document Number: E7-16381
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
It has been determined by the NRCS State Conservationist for Iowa that changes must be made in the NRCS State Technical Guide, specifically in Section IV Practice Standards and Specifications, Stripcropping (585) to account for improved technology. This practice standard can be used in systems that treat highly erodible land.
Notice of Availability of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
Document Number: E7-16380
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The NRCS has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for a stream restoration project on a private landowner's land on McDonald Creek. A copy of the FONSI and the final Environmental Assessment (EA) is available for public review at the following locations: NRCS Office, 10507 N. McAlister Road, OR 97850. Grande Ronde Model Watershed, 1114 J Avenue, La Grande, OR 97850. La Grande Public Library, 2006 Fourth Street, La Grande, OR 97850. Additional copies may be obtained by contacting Greg Kuehl, NRCS, 541-963-4178, ext. 107.
Rehabilitation of Floodwater Retarding Structure No. 7 of the West Fork Point Remove Creek Watershed; Conway County, AR
Document Number: E7-15626
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-10
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 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. 7 of the West Fork Point Remove Creek Watershed, Conway County, Arkansas.
North Fork Powell River Watershed, Lee County, Virginia
Document Number: E7-14210
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-24
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 North Fork Powell River Watershed in Lee County, Virginia.
Lost River Subwatershed of the Potomac River Watershed, Hardy County, WV
Document Number: E7-13744
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Kevin Wickey, responsible Federal official for projects administered under the provisions of the Flood Control Act of 1944, Public Law 78-534, in the State of West Virginia, is hereby providing notification that a Record of Decision to proceed with the installation of the Lost River Site 16 project on Lower Cove Run is available. Single copies of this Record of Decision may be obtained from Kevin Wickey at the address shown below.
East Texas to Mississippi Expansion Project; Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Docket Nos. CP06-446-000, PF06-17-000, PF-06-23-000, FERC EIS 0206D
Document Number: E7-13644
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-13
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 South Pipeline Company, LP (Gulf South) to cross NRCS held conservations easements associated with the East Texas to Mississippi Expansion Project (Project) in Madison Parish, Red River Parish, Richland Parish and Ouachita Parish, LA. On September 1, 2006, Gulf South filed, in Docket No. CP04-446-000, an application under section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) for authorization to construct and operate its proposed project. The proposed project consists of 241.9 miles of pipeline, and 110,604 horsepower (hp) of compression that will connect Gulf South's existing facilities in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana to Gulf South's pipeline in Simpson County, Mississippi. 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 16 NRCS held Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) easements by creating a 60 ft. permanent right of way (within a 100 ft. construction right of way) that extends for approximately 241.9 miles of which 12.5 miles is over lands encumbered under WRP easements located in Madison, Red River, Richland and Ouachita Parishes, Louisiana. Of the 34,584 acres encumbered by WRP easements in Madison Parish, Louisiana 76.43 acres will be affected; Of the 513 acres encumbered by WRP easements in Red River Parish, Louisiana 4.61 acres will be affected; of the 7,285 acres encumbered by WRP easements in Richland Parish, Louisiana 6.36 acres will be affected; of the 3,716 acres encumbered by WRP easements in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana 1.82 acres will be affected.
Notice of Proposed Changes to the Natural Resources Conservation Service's National Handbook of Conservation Practices
Document Number: E7-13251
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Notice is hereby given of the intention of NRCS to issue a series of new or revised conservation practice standards in its National Handbook of Conservation Practices. These standards include: ``Agrichemical Handling Facility (Code 309)'' (This is a new standard), and ``Fence (Code 382)'' (This is an existing standard that has been updated). 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 (eFOTG). These practices may be used in conservation systems that treat highly erodible land or on land determined to be a wetland.
Rehabilitation of Multiple Purpose Dam No. 3 of the Muddy Fork of the Illinois River Watershed, Washington County, Arkansas
Document Number: E7-13226
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-09
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 Multiple Purpose Dam No. 3 of the Muddy Fork of the Illinois River Watershed, Washington County, Arkansas.
Environmental Assessment; City of Wilber Flood Control, Lower Big Blue Watershed, Saline County, NE
Document Number: E7-12154
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-22
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 constructing a single floodwater retarding dam in the Lower Big Blue Watershed, Saline County, Nebraska. The Environmental Assessment was developed in coordination with the sponsoring local organization (Lower Big Blue Natural Resources District) for a proposed floodwater retarding dam in the Lower Big Blue Watershed to reduce flood damages downstream of the site, including the city of Wilber, Nebraska. 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 Section IV of the Virginia State Technical Guide
Document Number: 07-3067
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-22
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 in practice standard: 382, Fence. This practice will be used to plan and install conservation practices on cropland, pastureland, woodland, and wildlife land.
West Fork Duck Creek Watershed, Noble County, OH
Document Number: 07-2555
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Services, 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 Rules (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. 7 (Caldwell Lake Dam) in the West Fork Duck Creek Watershed.
Florence Flood Retarding Structure Supplemental Watershed Plan, Pinal County, AZ
Document Number: E7-9147
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-11
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 Florence Flood Retarding Structure (FRS) Supplemental Watershed Plan, Pinal County, Arizona.
Notice of Availability of Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment for Use of NRCS Conservation Practices To Address Natural Resource Concerns on Non-Federal Lands in the New England States and New York
Document Number: E7-8790
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended; the Council of Environmental Quality Guidelines (40 CFR Part 650); 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 assessment (EA) has been prepared for the use of NRCS conservation practices to address natural resource concerns on non- federal lands in the New England States and New York. The environmental assessment of this federally assisted action indicates that the provision of financial assistance to implement common conservation practices identified within the EA will not result in significant individual or cumulative impacts on the quality of the human environment, particularly when focusing on the significant adverse impacts that NEPA is intended to help decision makers avoid and mitigate against. As a result of these findings, Ms. Margo L. Wallace (Connecticut), Ms. Joyce Swartzendruber (Maine), Ms. Christine Clarke (Massachusetts), Mr. George Cleek, IV, (New Hampshire), Mr. Ron Alvarado (New York), Ms. Roylene Rides at the Door (Rhode Island), and Ms. Judith M. Doerner (Vermont), State Conservationists, have made a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and determined that the preparation and review of an environmental impact statement are not required.
Rehabilitation of Floodwater Retarding Structure No. 15 of the Nolan Creek Watershed, Bell County, TX
Document Number: E7-8296
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-01
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 rehabilitation of Floodwater Retarding Structure No. 15 of the Nolan Creek Watershed, Bell County, Texas.