Sep 152015
 

The Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft National Wetland Plant List (NWPL), which is used to delineate wetlands for purposes of the Clean Water Act and the Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Food Security Act. Other applications include wetland restoration, establishment, and enhancement projects.

The Corps worked with EPA, FWS and NRCS to come up with the draft. The Corps' brief release is here, but don't follow the Corps' links to the draft list, because they don't work. Instead, go to the link below.

More Federal Register notices, including proposal to list the white fringeless orchid and the 12-month finding for the New England cottontail, are below.

Public Inspection

FWS releases draft Environmental Assessment (dEA) for the Paso Robles Phase II draft Habitat Conservation Plan
(dHCP) (golden-cheeked warbler)

FS: The Sequoia National Forest to prepare an EIS to document and publicly disclose the environmental effects of implementing a fuels reduction and forest health project within a 10,600-acre project analysis area. "[F]uels reduction, ecological restoration and movement toward the desired conditions identified in the Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment are the driving influences that will dictate the end result, with an emphasis on 'what is left behind' rather than 'what is taken.' "

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

FWS declines to list New England cottontail as a threatened or endangered species  |  Docket   and previous post

FWS proposes to list Platanthera integrilabia (white fringeless orchid), a plant species from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee, as a threatened species | Docket

NPS approves a Record of Decision for the FEIS and Wilderness Stewardship Plan (WSP) for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

BuRec releases North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program FEIS. "The North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program would provide recycled water from the Cities of Turlock and Modesto via the Central Valley Project's Delta-Mendota Canal to Del Puerto Water District for irrigation purposes, and would further provide annual supplemental water to south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta Central Valley Project Improvement Act-designated wildlife refuges."

NPS amends special regulations for Lake Meredith National Recreation Area to require permits to operate motor vehicles off roads, designate areas and routes where motor vehicles may be used off roads, create management zones that will further manage this activity, and establish camping, operational, and vehicle requirements

Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California to prepare EIS for Highway 89 Safety Enhancement and Forest Ecosystem Restoration Project

EPA seeks comments and recommendations on national enforcement initiatives (NEI) for fiscal years 2017-2019.

Monday, September 14, 2015

FWS, NOAA, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Michigan Attorney General, collectively acting as trustees for natural resources, release Draft Restoration Plan and Programmatic EIS for Restoration Resulting from the Kalamazoo River Natural Resource Damage Assessment

FWS is seeking comments to assist us in developing a proposed rule for Clean Vessel Act grant program

BLM will prepare an EIS for the proposed Lost Creek Uranium In-Situ Recovery Project Amendments, Sweetwater County, WY

BLM releases ROD for the Approved Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Jarbidge Field Office located in the Twin Falls District (Idaho and Nevada)

NMFS receives application from Jane Provancha at Kennedy Space Center for a permit to take green sea (Chelonia mydas), loggerhead (Caretta caretta), Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) sea turtles for purposes of scientific research

NMFS receives application from Michael Bresette, Inwater Research Group Inc., 4160 NE Hyline Dr., Jensen Beach, FL, for a permit to take green (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill (Eretmochelys [[Page 55096]] imbricata), Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), and loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtles for purposes of scientific research.

USACE releases draft National Wetland Plant List (NWPL), which is used to delineate wetlands for purposes of the Clean Water Act and the Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Food Security Act. Other applications of the list include wetland restoration, establishment, and enhancement projects. (Part of an interagency effort with EPA, FWS, and NRCS)

USACE's Little Rock District will prepare a draft EIS for the Three Rivers Study. The EIS will evaluate potential impacts (beneficial and adverse) to the natural, physical, and human environment as a result of implementing any of the proposed project alternatives developed during the process. "Proposed improvements resulting from the study could impact (positively or negatively) navigation, agriculture, silviculture, hydropower, recreation, flood risk management, and fish and wildlife."

BOEM releases Proposed Notice of Sale for Central Gulf of Mexico Planning Area Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 241

BOEM releases Proposed Notice of Sale for Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 226

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