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NMFS begins 5-year reviews of 32 listed species: 17 evolutionarily significant units (ESUs) of Pacific salmon; 11 distinct population segments (DPSs) of steelhead; the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin DPSs of yelloweye rockfish, canary rockfish, and bocaccio rockfish; and the southern DPS of eulachon | More information at NMFS West Coast Region page
Agriculture: Under direction from Congress, EPA and Corps withdraw interpretive rule addressing the exemption from permitting provided under section 404(f)(1)(A) of the Clean Water Act | Regulatory docket | The interpretive rule said "it is reasonable to conclude that agricultural conservation practices that are associated with waters and where water quality benefits accrue are similar enough to also be exempt from the section 404 permitting requirements. This interpretation preserves congressional intent by ensuring that beneficial agricultural conservation practices will not be unnecessarily restricted so long as those activities are designed and implemented to protect and enhance water quality and do not destroy waters." -- Coverage from Farm Futures :: Interpretive rule
Forest Service issues final directives to "provide consistent overall guidance to Forest Service Line Officers and Agency employees in developing, amending, or revising land management plans for units of the NFS." | FACA page with more information
BLM extends public comment period to March 9 for the Draft Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices Resource Management Plan and EIS
NPS: Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission to meet March 30. Shorebirds, wetlands on docket
Ocean Energy Management Bureau (BOEM): Two lease sale notices for Gulf of Mexico
BuRec and the City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department will prepare a joint EIS/R to evaluate the effects of the Clean Water Factory project. "The proposed Clean Water Factory is a water reclamation project to treat and reuse municipal wastewater that is currently discharged to the Santa Ana River. The reclaimed water will be used for groundwater recharge and landscape irrigation."
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FWS receives endangered species permit applications (zoos, sport-hunted trophies)
Corps will prepare separate EIS's on the Halligan Water Supply Project and the Seaman Water Supply Project in northeastern Colorado. "Constructing the proposed projects would impact jurisdictional waters of the United States, thereby requiring Clean Water Act Section 404 permits. The cities of Fort Collins and Greeley have proposed the projects to meet existing and future water demands during droughts, more efficiently manage the cities' existing or future water rights, provide some operational redundancy, and possibly enhance river functions."
President Obama sets federal flood risk management standard (White House page) (FR notice)