Mar 032015

Forest Service will prepare EIS on a proposal to designate over-snow vehicle (OSV) use on National Forest System roads, National Forest System trails, and areas on National Forest System lands within the Eldorado National Forest; and to identify snow trails for grooming. In addition, FS proposes to: (1) formally adopt California State Parks’ Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division snow depth standards for grooming to occur; (2) implement a forest-wide snow depth requirement for OSV use that would provide for public safety and natural and cultural resource protection by allowing off-trail, crosscountry OSV use in designated Areas when there is a minimum of 12 inches of continuous and supportable snow covering the landscape; (3) allow OSV use on designated National Forest System snow trails when there is a
minimum of 6 inches of snow, regardless of the underlying surface; and (4) prohibit OSV use in selected Areas and on non-motorized trails.| More here

NMFS sends ICR to OMB for approval. "This action would continue the reporting measure requiring all Virginia Chesapeake Bay pound net fishermen to report interactions with endangered and threatened sea turtles, found both
live and dead, in their pound net operations"

Takes of marine mammals

BLM, NPS release FEIS for the Wilderness Management Plan for the Jimbilnan, Pinto Valley, Black Canyon, Eldorado, Ireteba Peaks, Nellis Wash, Spirit Mountain, and Bridge Canyon Wilderness Areas at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and adjacent public lands. | More here at Lake Mead planning page

Feb 052015

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Posted for Public Inspection 

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

EPA receives EIS's for review

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."

Dates link to FR Tables of Contents

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

FWS receives endangered species permit applications (zoos, sport-hunted trophies)

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

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)

Interior Dept. renews the Trinity River Adaptive Management Working Group for 2 years | TAMWG home page

Jan 142015

Two conservation groups have signaled their intention to sue the Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and Forest Service over approved “take” of 15 grizzly bears in two Biological Opinions. In a news release issued today, Earthjustice, the law firm representing Western Watersheds Project and Sierra Club, said: In decisions issued over the past […]