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Rehabilitation of Multiple Purpose Dam No. 5 of the Poteau River Watershed, Scott County, AR
Document Number: E7-7405
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-19
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 rehabilitation of Multiple Purpose Dam No. 5 of the Poteau River Watershed, Scott County, Arkansas.
Marysville Irrigation Company Gravity Pressurized Irrigation Delivery System; Fremont County, ID
Document Number: E7-6740
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-10
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, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the Marysville Irrigation Company, Gravity Pressurized, Irrigation Delivery System, Fremont County, Idaho.
Notice of Meeting of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force
Document Number: E7-6737
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-10
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.
Notice of Proposed Change to Section IV of the Virginia State Technical Guide
Document Number: E7-5719
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-28
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: 647, Early Successional Habitat Development Management, 511, Forage Harvest Management, 655, Forest Trails and Landings and 512, Pasture and Hay Planting. These practices will be used to plan and install conservation practices on cropland, pastureland, woodland, and wildlife land.
Manoa Watershed, Honolulu County, Hawaii
Document Number: E7-5255
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-22
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, gives notice that an Environmental Impact Statement is being prepared for the Manoa Watershed, Honolulu County, Hawaii.
Notice of Proposed Changes to Section IV of the Tennessee Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG)
Document Number: E7-4961
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service-Tennessee, Natural Resources Conservation Service
It has been determined by the NRCS State Conservationist for Tennessee that changes must be made in the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide, specifically in practice standards Residue and Tillage Management, Mulch Till; Residue and Tillage Management, No-till/Strip Till/Direct Seed; and Residue and Tillage Management, Ridge Till to account for improved technology. These practice standards can be used in conservation systems designed to treat highly erodible cropland.
Notice of Proposed Changes for Section IV of the Field Office Technical Guide
Document Number: E7-3358
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
It is the intention of NRCS in Maryland to issue new or revised conservation practice standards for Section IV of the Field Office Technical Guide. These standards include, but are not limited to, the following: Animal Mortality Facility (Code 316); Brush Management (Code 314); Composting Facility (Code 317); Field Border (Code 386); Filter Strip (Code 393); Fish Passage (Code 396); Fishpond Management (Code 399); Forage Harvest Management (Code 511); Forest Stand Improvement (Code 666); Heavy Use Area Protection (Code 561); Hedgerow Planting (Code 422); Irrigation Water Management (Code 449); Manure Transfer (Code 634); Nutrient Management (Code 590); Pasture and Hay Planting (Code 512); Pest Management (Code 595); Pond Sealing or Lining, Compacted Clay Treatment (Code 521D); Prescribed Forestry (Code 409); Streambank and Shoreline Protection (Code 580); Stream Habitat Improvement and Management (Code 395); Structure for Water Control (Code 587); Surface Drain, Field Ditch (Code 607); Tree/Shrub Establishment (Code 612); Use Exclusion (Code 472); Waste Storage Facility (Code 313); Waste Utilization (Code 633); Water and Sediment Control Basin (Code 638); Watering Facility (Code 614); Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment (Code 380). Some of these practice standards may be used in conservation systems to comply with Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions of the Farm Bill.
Notice of Availability
Document Number: E7-2058
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-02-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has prepared a plan and environmental assessment (EA) consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended. Funding for salinity control projects is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program which is covered by a programmatic EA. The Manila- Washam plan and EA were developed to more specifically evaluate the effects associated with this type of water quality activity. Upon review of the information in the Manila-Washam EA, the Utah NRCS State Conservationist made a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and the determination was made that no environmental impact statement is required to support the Manila-Washam Plan. 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 Manila-Washam Salinity Control Project, Daggett County, Utah; and Sweetwater County, Wyoming. Written comments regarding this action may be submitted to: Sylvia Gillen, State Conservationist, USDA/NRCS, Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, 125 South State Street, Room 4402, Salt Lake City, UT 84138-1100. Comments must be received no later than 30 days after this notice is published.
Notice of Proposed Changes to the Natural Resources Conservation Service's National Handbook of Conservation Practices
Document Number: E7-469
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-17
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: ``Conservation Cover (Code 327)'', ``Contour Farming (Code 330)'', ``Contour Buffer Strips (Code 332)'', ``Critical Area Treatment (Code 342)'', ``Field Border (Code 386)'', ``Irrigation System, Tailwater Recovery (Code 447)'', ``Sinkhole and Sinkhole Area Treatment (Code 527)'', and ``Prescribed Grazing (Code 528).'' 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 Floodwater Retarding Structure No. 8 of the Poteau River Watershed, Scott County, AR
Document Number: E6-22500
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-03
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 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. 8 of the Poteau River Watershed, Scott County, Arkansas.
The Secretary of Agriculture's determination of the Primary Purpose of Specified State of Florida Conservation Programs
Document Number: 06-9813
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing public notice that the Secretary of Agriculture has determined the cost-share payments made under specific State of Florida conservation programs are primarily for the purposes of conserving soil and water resources, or protecting and restoring the environment. NRCS was assigned technical and administrative responsibility for reviewing the State of Florida's conservation programs and making appropriate recommendations for the Secretary's determination of primary purpose. The programs are: Program for Citrus, Cow/Calf, Dairies and Other Agriculture in the Lake Okeechobee Priority Basins; Program for Indian River Area Citrus Groves; Program for Interim Measures for Tri-County Agricultural Area Farms; Program for Interim Measures for Florida Producers of Container-Grown Plants; Program for Best Management Practices for Shadehouse Grown Leatherleaf Ferns; Nitrogen Best Management Practices Program for Florida Ridge Citrus; Nitrogen Interim Measure for Florida Citrus; Nitrogen Interim Measure for Bahiagrass and Bermuda Grass; and Florida Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. 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.
Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project, Barnstable County, MA; Record of Decision
Document Number: E6-21847
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Secretary of Agriculture's Determination of the Primary Purpose of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Small Renewables Initiative Program
Document Number: E6-21845
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing public notice that the Secretary of Agriculture has determined the cost-share payments made under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Small Renewables Initiative Program are primarily for the purpose of protecting or restoring the environment. NRCS was assigned technical and administrative responsibility for reviewing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' 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 Availability for the Coal Creek Flood Control and Parkway Final Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: E6-19959
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Record of Decision (ROD) for the Coal Creek Flood Control and Parkway Final Environmental Impact Statement is now available to the public. On September 1, 2006, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) published a Final Environmental Impact Statement consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, to disclose potential effects to the human environment resulting from proposed flood control improvements to Coal Creek in Cedar City, Utah. A notice of availability for the ROD was previously published in the Federal Register on October 3, 2006. Availability was delayed due to additional information about the proximity of Utah prairie dogs, a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The NRCS is now completing formal consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). No construction will begin until the NRCS has received a biological opinion from the FWS. The ROD authorizes implementation of Alternative C (Replace Main Street diversion/drop structure) in conjunction with the North Field Canal Option and Parkway Option C1.
Project: Plum Creek Watershed, Rehabilitation of Flood Retarding Structure (FRS) #18, Spencer County, KY
Document Number: E6-19774
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-22
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 Regulations (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice than an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the Plum Creek Watershed, FRS18, Spencer County, Kentucky.
Rehabilitation of Floodwater Retarding Structure No. 6 of the Big Creek Watershed, Craighead County, AR
Document Number: E6-19772
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-22
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 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. 6 of the Big Creek Watershed, Craighead County, Arkansas.
Little Wood River Irrigation District Gravity Pressurized Delivery System; Blaine County, ID
Document Number: E6-19480
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-17
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 (NRCS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), gives notice that the record of decision (ROD) for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Little Wood River Irrigation District Gravity Pressurized Delivery System, Blaine County, Idaho is available. The ROD was signed and made available via the USDA NRCS Idaho Web site (http:// www.id.nrcs.usda.gov.) on November 7, 2006. A Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) dated April 26, 2004, was published in the Federal Register on May 4, 2004.
Notice of Availability of the “Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Programs Manual-Part 513: Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Program”
Document Number: E6-19267
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) published in the Federal Register notice of October 24, 2006, (71 FR 62246) a document with an incorrect URL. The incorrect URL is located in the SUMMARY section on page 62247. This notice corrects the previously published document. The Department of Agriculture (USDA), NRC seeks comments on the proposed revision of the ``Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Programs ManualPart 513: Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Program.'' USDA asks for comments from RC&D Council members and individuals from tribal, State, and local governments and organizations involved in either natural resource conservation or community development groups. These comments will assist USDA in policy development and implementation of the RC&D Program. This manual is used by NRCS, other USDA staff members, RC&D Council members, and others that either develop RC&D applications or participate in the RC&D Program. This revision of the manual reflects changes in the NRCS organizational structure, incorporates new area planning requirements, provides guidelines for the RC&D Program Operations Information Tracking System, and incorporates additional exhibits to increase clarity. It is available for download at http://policy.nrcs.usda.gov/ scripts/lpsiis.dll/NB/NB39071a.pdf.
Rockhouse Creek Watershed, Leslie County, KY
Document Number: E6-18893
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Mr. Jacob Kuhn, responsible Federal official for the project administered under the provision of Public Law 83-566, 16 U.S.C. 1001- 1008, in the State of Kentucky, is hereby providing notification that a record of decision (ROD) to proceed with the installation of the Rockhouse Creek Watershed project is now available. Single copies of the record of decision may be obtained at the address below. For further information contact: Jacob Kuhn, Acting State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rockhouse Creek Project, Suite 210, 771 Corporate Drive, Lexington, KY 40503, 859-224-7350.
Notice of Meeting of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force
Document Number: E6-18491
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-02
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.
Notice of Availability of the “Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Programs Manual-Part 513: Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Program”
Document Number: E6-17806
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) seeks comments on the proposed revision of the ``Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Programs ManualPart 513: Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Program.'' USDA asks for comments from RC&D Council members and individuals from tribal, State, and local governments and organizations involved in either natural resource conservation or community development groups. These comments will assist USDA in policy development and implementation of the RC&D Program. This manual is used by NRCS and other USDA staff members, RC&D Council members, and others that either develop RC&D applications or participate in the RC&D Program. This revision of the manual reflects changes in the NRCS organizational structure, incorporates new area planning requirements, provides guidelines for the RC&D Program Operations Information Tracking System, and incorporates additional exhibits to increase clarity. It is available for download at http://policy.nrcs.usda.gov/ scripts/lpsiis.dll/NB/NB39062.htm.
Environmental Assessment; Rehabilitation of Grade Stabilization Structure 2, Turtle Creek Watershed, Sarpy County NE
Document Number: E6-17797
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) 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 2 in Turtle Creek Watershed, Sarpy 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 in the Turtle Creek Watershed and the status of grade stabilization dam Structure 2. 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 Availability
Document Number: E6-16373
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Record of Decision (ROD) for the Coal Creek Flood Control and Parkway Final Environmental Impact Statement is now available to the public. On September 1, 2006, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) published a Final Environmental Impact Statement consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, to disclose potential effects to the human environment resulting from proposed flood control improvements to Coal Creek in Cedar City, Utah. The ROD authorizes implementation of Alternative C (Replace Main Street diversion/drop structure) in conjunction with the North Field Canal Option and Parkway Option C1.
Pohick Creek Watershed Dam No. 4, Fairfax County, VA
Document Number: E6-15778
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-27
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. 4, Fairfax County, Virginia.
East Locust Creek Watershed, Sullivan County, MO
Document Number: E6-15777
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Roger A. Hansen, responsible Federal official for projects administered under the provisions of Public Law 83-566, 16 U.S.C. 1001- 1008, in the State of Missouri, is hereby providing notification that a record of decision to proceed with the installation of the East Locust Creek Watershed Revised Plan is available. Single copies of this record of decision may be obtained from Roger A. Hansen at the address shown below.
Draft Supplemental Watershed Plan No. 1 and Environmental Assessment Plum Creek Watershed, Rehabilitation of Flood Retarding Structure (FRS) #18
Document Number: E6-15776
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kentucky State Office, gives notice that a draft supplemental watershed plan/environmental assessment for the rehabilitation of Plum Creek FRS 18 is now available for public review and comment.
Dunloup Creek Watershed, Fayette and Raleigh Counties, WV
Document Number: E6-15249
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-14
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 (NRCS), U.S. Department of Agriculture, is giving notice that an environmental impact statement (EIS) will be prepared for the Dunloup Creek Watershed of the New River Watershed, Fayette and Raleigh Counties, West Virginia. The EIS will evaluate potential impacts to the natural, physical and human environment as a result of the flood damage reduction measures proposed for the 100-year floodplain in the Dunloup Creek Watershed, Fayette and Raleigh Counties, West Virginia.
Notice of Proposed Change to Section IV of the Virginia State Technical Guide
Document Number: E6-13752
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-23
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: 328, Conservation Crop Rotation, 329, Residue and Tillage Management No Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed, 345, Residue and Tillage Management Mulch Till, 528, Prescribed Grazing and 612, Tree/Shrub Establishment. These practices will be used to plan and install conservation practices on cropland, pastureland, woodland, and wildlife land.
Environmental Assessment; Rehabilitation of Floodwater Retarding Structure 35A, Upper Salt Creek Watershed, Lancaster County Nebraska
Document Number: E6-13875
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-22
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 the rehabilitation of floodwater retarding Structure 35A in Upper Salt Creek Watershed, Lancaster County Nebraska. The Environmental Assessment was developed in coordination with the sponsoring local organization (Lower Platte South Natural Resources District) for a Federally assisted action to address flood control prevention in the Upper Salt Creek Watershed and the status of floodwater retarding dam Structure 35A. 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 Availability; Final Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: E6-13751
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, to disclose potential effects to the human environment resulting from proposed flood-control improvements to Coal Creek in Cedar City, Utah. The section of Coal Creek that traverses Cedar City, Utah, has channel stability and capacity deficiencies that pose a threat to existing infrastructure and development due to flooding. The NRCS proposes to modify the Coal Creek channel to safely convey floodwaters from a 100-year flood event. Also as part of this project, Cedar City proposes to improve and expand an existing parkway along Coal Creek to enhance aesthetic values and provide recreational opportunities for community residents and visitors. The Final EIS presents detailed analyses for three alternatives. Alternative ANo Action, would continue the frequency and level of dredging and other management actions as they are currently planned. Existing channel and structural deficiencies would not be corrected. Recreational opportunities associated with the creek would remain as they currently exist. Because of the purpose and need of the project, several proposed elements are common to both of the action alternatives (Alternatives B and C). Both action alternatives include modifying channel cross sections, altering the stream gradient in particular sub-reaches, stabilizing actively eroding banks, and constructing levees. Bank stabilization would be accomplished by laying the river banks back to a stable slope that supports channel stabilization methods and then armoring the banks via the use of rock (riprap), vegetation, soil cement, erosion control fabric, or some combination of these items. Existing riparian habitat and vegetation would be preserved on the streambanks, where possible. It is anticipated that both sides of the channel would be armored with riprap through the suburban corridor from Center Street to I-15 to prevent bank erosion from high stream velocities during flood events. Elements unique to each action alternative are listed below. Alternative BRelocate Main Street Diversion, would remove the Main Street diversion/drop structure currently in use and relocate it to near 200 East. Implementation of this alternative would require approximately 3,550 feet of pipeline to be installed, flood and slope/ grading-related channel modifications from Center Street to I-15, and the continuation of periodic dredging as necessary. A sedimentation basin would be constructed to remove gravels from diverted irrigation water. The Woodbury diversion/drop structure would be reconstructed. Under this alternative, the parkway would be extended west to Airport Road and landscaped. Parkway Option B1 proposes a crosswalk at the Main Street Bridge. Parkway Option B2 proposes to access existing sidewalks from the pedestrian bridge at 400 North to cross Main Street and avoid additional property acquisition. Alternative CReplace Main Street Diversion, would replace the Main Street diversion/drop structure by constructing a new structure that would have approximately half the drop. Implementation of this alternative would require the installation of approximately 4,900 feet of pipeline, flood and slope/grading-related channel modifications from Center Street to west of I-15, and the continuation of periodic dredging as necessary. Two sedimentation basins would be constructed to remove gravels from diverted irrigation water. Additionally, the Woodbury diversion/drop structure would be reconstructed to allow for the safe passage of floodwaters. Under this alternative, the parkway would be extended to Airport Road and landscaped. In addition, a historic pedestrian truss bridge would be removed to prevent channel constriction and potential flooding. Parkway Option C1 would construct an elevated pedestrian pathway under the Main Street Bridge. Parkway Option C2 would construct a large box culvert for pedestrian use just north of the bridge and under Main Street. In response to public comment on the Draft EIS and to alleviate localized flooding tied to Coal Creek discharge levels, an additional option (the North Field Canal Option) was analyzed in the Final EIS. Under Alternative C, this option would construct a subgrade pipeline for several hundred feet along the southern portion of the North West Field Canal. It would traverse undeveloped city-owned property west of the Cedar City Cemetery, and follow the North Field Canal corridor from a point just south of 900 North Street to 1045 North Street. Water would be piped east and west along 1045 North Street to both the Union Field and Northwest Field Canals. As required by the NRCS for water projects, the National Economic Development (NED) benefit-cost process was used to determine benefit- cost ratios for each alternative. All of the action Alternative/Option combinations have a benefit-cost ratio of 1.9:1 and are all considered viable NED Alternatives. The sole exception to this is Alternative C when coupled with Parkway Option C2 and the North Field Canal Option, which has a benefit-cost ratio of 1.8:1. This indicates that the costs and benefits of all of the alternatives are relatively consistent. Under CEQ regulations and the NRCS National Environmental Compliance Handbook, Section 610.38Distribution and Publication of Environmental Documents, a Record of Decision (ROD) cannot be prepared until the Final EIS has been available to the public for at least 30 days. Comments will be accepted on the FEIS during this period. Following this review period, notice of the ROD's availability will be published in the Federal Register. Effective Date: September 1, 2006.
Notice of Proposed Changes to Section IV of the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) of the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Indiana
Document Number: E6-13462
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
It is the intention of NRCS in Indiana to issue three (3) revised conservation practice standards in Section IV of the FOTG. The revised standards are: Surface Drainage, Field Ditch (607), Surface Drainage, Main or Lateral (608), and Water and Sediment Control Basin (638). These practices may be used in conservation systems that treat highly erodible land and/or wetlands.
Environmental Statements, Availability
Document Number: E6-12354
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has prepared a Draft Areawide Environmental Impact Statement consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, to disclose potential effects to the human environment. The Watershed Plan and Areawide Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project are combined into a single document. The purposes of the Project are to restore degraded salt marshes, restore anadromous fish passages, and improve water quality for shellfishing areas. Specifically, sponsors wish to: 1. Improve tidal flushing in salt marshes where man-made obstructions (i.e., road culverts) have restricted tidal flow. This will help restore native plant and animal communities in salt marshes, and improve biotic integrity. 2. Restore fish ladders and other fish passages that have deteriorated. This will allow greater numbers of anadromous fish (which spend most of their adult lives in salt water and migrate to freshwater streams, rivers, and lakes to reproduce; for example, alewife, blueback herring) to gain access to spawning areas, and support greater populations of other species (for example, striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, largemouth bass, chain pickerel) that depend on them for food. 3. Maintain and improve water quality affecting shellfish beds by treating stormwater runoff. This will help ensure that shellfish beds which are threatened with closure remain open, and maintain or extend the current shellfishing season for beds whose use is restricted during certain times of year. This Project is needed because human activity on Cape Cod has degraded its natural resources, including salt marshes, anadromous fish runs, and water quality over shellfish beds. The development of Cape Cod has required the construction of extensive road and railroad networks. Along the coast, culverts or bridges were needed for these networks to cross tidal marshes, and many of the openings through these structures are not large enough to allow adequate tidal flushing. When the culverts or bridges constrict flow, the tidal regime changes, which results in vegetation changes over time; what was once a thriving salt marsh can become a brackish or fresh water wetland dominated by invasive species. Together with funding from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), the Cape Cod Commission and the Buzzards Bay Project National Estuary Program identified over 182 sites where salt marshes have been altered by human activity. Human activity on Cape Cod has also resulted in damming or diverting streams, causing anadromous fish to lose access to spawning grounds. In addition, water flow may have been altered by cranberry growers and other farmers. Fish ladders and other fish passage facilities have been built to help ensure that fish get access to spawning areas, but these structures deteriorate over time (end of design life), or they may be of obsolete design and need replacement to function properly. The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) identified 93 fish passage obstructions on Cape Cod. Cape Cod's economy depends on good water quality. Shellfishing, a multi-million dollar industry on the Cape, is only allowed in areas with excellent water quality. As land is developed, and more areas are paved, stormwater runoff may become contaminated with nutrients, metals, fertilizers, bacteria, etc. This runoff may carry enough fecal coliform bacteria to affect water quality in shellfishing areas, thus leading to closure of shellfishing areas, or restrictions on the periods when the beds can remain open. DMF and town officials identified over 160 stormwater discharge points into shellfishing areas. By controlling sources of runoff, separating clean water from contamination sources, and capturing and treating the most heavily contaminated runoff through a variety of measures (e.g., infiltration, constructed wetlands). Two alternatives were considered: Proposed Action/Recommended Plan and the No action alternative. No Action would continue the declining trend of water quality of shellfish waters, impaired anadromous fish runs and degraded salt marshes. The recommended plan is the Proposed Action (Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project) because it maximizes ecological benefits and is the National Ecosystem Restoration (NER) Plan. The Recommended Plan achieves the desired level of improvement for the least cost. For each project type (shellfish, fish passage, and salt marsh), the Restoration Project would provide a greater number of habitat units and greater other environmental benefits than the No Action Alternative. NRCS has developed a list of 76 projects that will meet the sponsors' objectives. All of these projects have received a planning-level analysis to ensure that they appear feasible and capable of providing the habitat benefits sought through this areawide Project. When the Project is authorized and funded, the sponsors will propose specific projects to NRCS. NRCS will review each project in more detail to determine the most cost-effective practice for that site and to verify that the habitat objectives will be achieved. The recommended plan would help to maintain or improve water quality in up to 26 shellfish areas affecting 7,300 acres of shellfish beds. Current laws and regulations require stormwater management for all new developments, which prevents or minimizes new development from causing the same water quality impairments that occurred in the past. The Project is expected to improve tidal flushing at 26 sites enhancing 1,500 acres of salt marsh. Current design guidelines prevent or minimize road or railroad construction from causing the same hydrological restrictions that occurred in the past. And through this Project it is expected that 24 fish passages on Cape Cod would be restored to full function improving access to 4,200 acres of spawning habitat. Written comments regarding this Draft Areawide EIS should be mailed to: Cecil B. Currin, Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project EIS, USDA-NRCS, 451 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Comments may also be submitted by sending a facsimile to (413) 253-4395 or by e-mail to cecil.currin@ma.usda.gov. Please include CCWRRP in the subject line. Project information is also available on the Internet at http:// www.ma.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/CCWRRP.
Construction in the Matanuska River of Spur Dike #5, at Circleview Estates, Palmer, AK
Document Number: E6-12349
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-01
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 Guidelines (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly the Soil Conservation Service) Guidelines (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Robert Jones, State Conservationist, finds that neither the proposed action nor any of the alternatives is a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment, and determine that an environmental impact statement is not needed for the Construction in the Matanuska River of Spur Dike 5, at Circleview Estates, Palmer, AK.
Record of Decision for the Little Red River Irrigation Project Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: E6-11728
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
This notice presents the Record of Decision (ROD) regarding the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) implementation for a Water Management Project located in White County, Arkansas, that provides agricultural water for irrigation, and the enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat. NRCS prepared a Final Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (FPEIS) in cooperation with the Little Red River Regional Irrigation Water District. A Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Little Red River Irrigation Project FPEIS was published in the Federal Register on May 26, 2006, and all agencies and persons on the FPEIS distribution list were notified individually as well. Printed and CD- ROM versions of the FPEIS were made available and delivered to all those who requested. This Decision Notice summarizes the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the Little Red River Irrigation Project alternatives identified in the FPEIS that were considered in making this decision, and explains why NRCS selected the Preferred AlternativeConservation/Surface Source AlternativeCanals and Pipelines (Alternative 4) for providing supplemental irrigation water and better utilizing the existing water resources while improving the overall environmental quality of the project area.
Notice of Meeting of the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force
Document Number: E6-11360
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-18
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.
Notice of Proposed Changes to the Natural Resources Conservation Service's National Handbook of Conservation Practices
Document Number: E6-11351
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-18
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: ``Stream Habitat Improvement and Management (Code 395),'' ``Fish Passage (Code 396),'' and ``Fishpond Management (Code 399).'' 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 wetland.
Red Bayou Watershed Project; Caddo Parish, LA
Document Number: E6-11350
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-18
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 Red Bayou Watershed Project, Caddo Parish, Louisiana.
Lost River Watershed, Hardy County, WV
Document Number: E6-10882
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-11
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 Guidelines (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U. S. Department of Agriculture, is giving notice that an environmental impact statement (EIS) will be prepared regarding Site 16, Lower Cove Run, in the Lost River Subwatershed of the Potomac River Watershed, Hardy County, West Virginia. (This Notice of Intent supersedes a previously published Federal Register in the Notices Section on April 10, 2006 (71 FR 18603), and includes an announcement of a public scoping meeting.)
Healthy Forests Reserve Program; Correction
Document Number: E6-10462
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-07-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
This is to correct a URL address previously published in the Rules and Regulations section on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 (71 FR 28547). The error occurred in a URL in the ADDRESSES section on page 28548. The entire ADDRESSES section with the corrected URL is published below. This interim final rule sets forth how NRCS will implement HFRP to meet the statutory objectives of the program.
Rehabilitation of Floodwater Retarding Structure No. 6a of the Martinez Creek Watershed, Bexar County, TX
Document Number: E6-10102
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-27
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. 6A of the Martinez Creek Watershed, Bexar County, Texas.
Tongue River Watershed, Cavalier and Pembina Counties, ND
Document Number: E6-10015
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-26
Agency: Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture
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, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the Tongue River Watershed, Cavalier and Pembina Counties, North Dakota.
Notice of Proposed Change to Section IV of the Virginia State Technical Guide
Document Number: E6-9527
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-19
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: 390, Riparian Herbaceous Buffer, 394, Fire Break, 422, Hedgerow Plant, 472, Use Exclusion and 592, Feed Management. These practices will be used to plan and install conservation practices on cropland, pastureland, woodland, and wildlife land.
Highland Lake Fish Passage, Highland Lake Watershed, Westbrook, ME
Document Number: E6-9196
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Highland Lake Fish Passage Project, Westbrook, Maine. NRCS has found that the restoration of the Highland Lake Stream channel and alteration to the fishway would not result in a significant impact on the quality of the human environment, particularly when focusing on the significant adverse effects that NEPA is intended to help decision makers avoid and mitigate against. Therefore, NRCS has prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as amended, and gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared.
Matanuska River Terrace Erosion Area Acquisition Pilot Project
Document Number: E6-9002
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-09
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 Guidelines (40 CFR part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly the Soil Conservation Service) Guidelines (7 CFR part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Robert Jones, State Conservationist, finds that neither the proposed action nor any of the alternatives is a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment, and determine that an environmental impact statement is not needed for the Matanuska River Terrace Erosion Area Acquisition Pilot Project.
Sandy River, Kennebec River Watershed, Madison, ME
Document Number: E6-8842
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has adopted the Environmental Assessment (EA), prepared by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in April, 2006, for the Sandy River Project, Madison, Maine (FERC Project No. 11433-016). Upon an independent review of the EA document, NRCS found that the removal of the Sandy River Project dam would not result in a significant impact on the quality of the human environment, particularly when focusing on the significant adverse effects that NEPA is intended to help decision makers avoid and mitigate against. Therefore, NRCS has prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as amended, and gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared.
Choccolocco Creek Multipurpose Dam No. 11, Calhoun County, AL
Document Number: E6-8591
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-05
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 Choccolocco Creek Multipurpose Dam No. 11, Calhoun County, Alabama.
Notice of Proposed Changes to the Natural Resources Conservation Service's National Handbook of Conservation Practices
Document Number: E6-8203
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-30
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: ``Above Ground, Multi-Outlet Pipeline (Code 431),'' ``Irrigation System, Microirrigation (Code 441),'' ``Pond Sealing or Lining Flexible Membrane (Code 521A),'' ``Land Reclamation, Abandoned Mine Land (Code 543),'' ``Land Reclamation, Currently Mined Land (Code 544),'' and ``Watering Facility (Code 614).'' 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 wetland.
Healthy Forests Reserve Program
Document Number: 06-4587
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-05-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Title V of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (Act) (Pub. L. 108-148) authorizes the establishment of the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP). The purpose of this program is to assist landowners in restoring and enhancing forest ecosystems to: Promote the recovery of threatened and endangered species; improve biodiversity; and enhance carbon sequestration. This interim final rule sets forth how NRCS will implement HFRP to meet the statutory objectives of the program.
Appeal Procedures
Document Number: 06-4572
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-05-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issues this interim final rule amending NRCS's informal appeals procedures as required by Title II of the Federal Crop Insurance Reform and Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994, 7 U.S.C. 6991 et seq. (the 1994 Act). This interim final rule amends regulations promulgated by the interim final regulations published by the Secretary of Agriculture for NRCS on December 29, 1995 (60 FR 67313), and also includes new language to address statutory changes and make procedural and structural changes. Because of the substantive changes the agency is making to its informal appeal process under the current regulation, NRCS is publishing this rule as an interim final rule with request for comments. NRCS has determined that issuing an interim final rule with request for comments rather than a proposed rule was justified in order to implement the changes required by statute as well as to institute procedural improvements. This interim final rule with request for comments puts the public on notice of the changes being made while affording an opportunity to comment. At the same time, much needed changes and improvements to the current regulation may be implemented immediately thereby better serving the public and the USDA.
Yellow River Watershed Structure No. 3: Gwinnett County, GA
Document Number: E6-7306
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-15
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 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 Yellow River Watershed Structure No. 3, Gwinnett County, Georgia.