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The Federal Register is a daily publication by the United States Government, known as the newspaper of the federal government. It includes executive orders, public notices, proclamations, and proposed and final administrative regulations for federal agencies. It also provides opportunities for the public to comment on proposed rules before they are finalized. Public comments can be submitted in writing, orally at a hearing, or, in some cases, online via e-mail.  Comment periods are typically between 30 and 90 days, though they do vary. Instructions on how, when, and where to submit comments for each proposed regulation are available in the Register and agencies are required to list the name and telephone number of a spokesperson to contact for more information. Agencies are also required to address significant issues introduced in comments and publicize changes made in response.

See below for upcoming meetings and current public comment opportunities on issues relevant to ecology.

Upcoming Public Meetings:

Opportunities for Public Comment and Nominations:

  • Army Corps of Engineers – Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Stakeholder Representative Members of the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee
    The Commander of the Northwestern Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is soliciting applications to fill vacant stakeholder representative member positions on the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee (MRRIC). Members are sought to fill vacancies on a committee to represent various categories of interests within the Missouri River basin. The MRRIC was formed to advise the Corps on a study of the Missouri River and its tributaries and to provide guidance to the Corps with respect to the Missouri River recovery and mitigation activities currently underway. The Corps established the MRRIC as required by the U.S. Congress through the Water Resources Development Act. The agency must receive completed applications and endorsement letters no later than July 9, 2021.
  • Army Corps of Engineers – Proposals by Non-Federal Interests, for Feasibility Studies, Proposed Modifications to Authorized Water Resources Development Projects and Feasibility Studies, and Proposed Modifications for an Environmental Infrastructure Program for Inclusion in the Annual Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development
    The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) 2014, as amended, requires the Secretary of the Army annually submit to the Congress a report (Annual Report) that identifies feasibility reports, proposed feasibility studies submitted by non-Federal interests, proposed modifications to authorized water resources development projects or feasibility studies, and proposed modifications to environmental infrastructure program authorities that meet certain criteria. The Annual Report is to be based, in part, upon requests for proposals submitted by non-Federal interests. Proposals must be submitted online by August 30, 2021.
  • BLM – Statewide Call for Nominations for Colorado Resource Advisory Councils
    The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado’s Northwest, Southwest, and Rocky Mountain Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) to fill existing vacancies, as well as member terms that are scheduled to expire. The RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas. All nominations must be received no later than June 21, 2021.
  • BLM – Statewide Call for Nominations for Colorado Resource Advisory Councils
    The purpose of this notice is to request public nominations for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado’s Northwest, Southwest, and Rocky Mountain Resource Advisory Councils (RAC) to fill existing vacancies, as well as member terms that are scheduled to expire. The RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas. All nominations must be received no later than June 21, 2021.
  • BLM – Notice of Availability of the Whitewater River Groundwater Replenishment Facility Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Riverside County, CA
    The Bureau of Land Management has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Whitewater River Groundwater Replenishment Facility Project, and by this notice is announcing the opening of a 45-day public comment period. To ensure that all comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the Draft EIS by July 27, 2021.
  • BLM – Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Resource Management Plan Amendments for the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, New Mexico
    The Bureau of Land Management intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the environmental impacts associated with SunZia’s application seeking to amend its right-of-way grant for the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project. Proposed amendments to SunZia’s right-of-way grant may require plan amendments to the Socorro Field Office Resource Management Plan, the Las Cruces District Mimbres Resource Management Plan, the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan, and the Cibola National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, which the agencies will analyze in the EIS. The BLM is the lead agency for purposes of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and other agencies serving as cooperating agencies. This Notice initiates the scoping process and opens a 30-day public comment period to solicit public comments and identify issues. All comments must be received by July 6, 2021.
  • BLM – Notice of Realty Action: Application by US Magnesium LLC for Conveyance of Federally Owned Mineral Interests in Tooele County, UT
    The BLM is processing an application for the conveyance of federally owned mineral interests in a 3,548.41-acre parcel of land located in Tooele County, Utah, to the surface owner, US Magnesium LLC. Interested persons may submit written comments to the BLM on or before July 30, 2021.
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management – Request for Interest in Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf
    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issues this request for interest (RFI) to assess interest in, and to invite public comment on, possible commercial wind energy leasing on the Gulf of Mexico OCS. BOEM will consider information received in response to this RFI to determine whether to schedule a competitive lease sale or to issue a noncompetitive lease for any portion of the area described in this RFI. Those interested in providing public comments and information regarding site conditions, resources, and multiple uses in close proximity to, or within, the RFI Area should provide information requested in the section of this RFI entitled “Requested Information from Interested or Affected Parties.” As a result of this RFI, BOEM may or may not issue a lease for a commercial wind energy project within the RFI Area; a lease is the first step in BOEM’s process to review and approve a commercial wind energy project.  Submissions indicating interest in or providing comments on commercial leasing within the RFI Area must be received no later than July 26, 2021.
  • EPA – Nominations to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel; Request for Comments
    This notice provides the names, addresses, and professional affiliations of persons recently nominated to serve on the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) established under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The Panel was created on November 28, 1975, and made a permanent Panel by amendment to FIFRA, dated October 25, 1988. The Agency, at this time, anticipates selecting new members to serve on the panel because of the upcoming expirations of membership terms. Current members of the SAP are eligible for reappointment during this period. Therefore, the appointments completed over the next year may include a mix of newly appointed and reappointed members. As additional background, the biographies of current SAP members are available on the FIFRA SAP website at: https://www.epa.gov/​sap. Public comments on the current nominations are invited, as these comments will be used to assist the Agency in selecting the new members for the chartered SAP. Comments identified by docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2021-0293, must be received on or before June 21, 2021.
  • EPA – Pesticide Registration Review; Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s proposed interim registration review decisions and opens a 60-day public comment period on the proposed interim decisions for the following pesticides: amicarbazone, aminopyralid; azadirachtin, neem oil, and extract of neem oil; benzoic acid; endothall and salts; fluoxastrobin; ipconazole; L-lactic acid; metconazole; prometon; pronamide; propargite; prothioconazole; pyrasulfotole; and spiromesifen. In addition, the preliminary work plan for L-lactic acid is also being published for public comment at this time. Comments must be received on or before June 22, 2021.
  • EPA – Pesticides; Modification to the Minimum Risk Pesticide Listing Program and Other Exemptions Under FIFRA Section 25(b)
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting public comments and suggestions about the petition process for exemptions regarding pesticides from registration and other requirements under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), where the pesticides are determined to be of a character unnecessary to be subject to regulation under FIFRA. The Agency is considering streamlining the petition process and revisions to how the Agency evaluates the potential minimum risk active and inert substances, factors used in classes of exemptions, state implementation of the minimum risk program and the need for any future exemptions or modifications to current exemptions. EPA is also requesting comment on whether the Agency should consider amending existing exemptions or adding new classes of pesticidal substances for exemption, such as peat when used in septic filtration systems. Comments must be received on or before July 7, 2021.
  • EPA – National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 2022 Issuance of General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Construction Activities
    All ten Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions are proposing for public comment on the proposed 2022 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for stormwater discharges from construction activities, also referred to as the “proposed 2022 Construction General Permit (CGP)” or the “proposed permit.” The proposed permit, once finalized, will replace the existing 2017 CGP that will expire on February 16, 2022. EPA proposes to issue this permit for five years, and to provide permit coverage to eligible operators in all areas of the country where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority, including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, most Indian country lands, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and protectorates except for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and certain federal facilities. EPA seeks comment on the proposed permit and on the accompanying fact sheet, which contains supporting documentation. This Federal Register document describes the proposed permit in general and includes specific topics on which the Agency is particularly seeking comment. EPA encourages the public to read the fact sheet to better understand the proposed permit. The fact sheet and proposed permit can be found at https://www.epa.gov/​npdes/​stormwater-discharges-construction-activities. Comments on the proposed permit must be received on or before July 12, 2021. EPA will host at least one webcast during the week of June 14, 2021 that will provide an overview of the proposed 2022 CGP and an opportunity for participants to ask questions. EPA will announce details of all webcasts and post webcast recordings at: https:// www.epa.gov/​npdes/​stormwater-discharges-construction-activities
  • EPA – Pesticide Registration Review; Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessments for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
    This notice announces the availability of EPA’s draft human health and/or ecological risk assessments for the registration review of chlormequat chloride, chlorothalonil and tebuconazole. Comments must be received on or before July 20, 2021.
  • EPA – Notice of Intention To Reconsider and Revise the Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule
    In accordance with Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis (Executive Order 13990), the EPA announces its intention to reconsider and revise the Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule. In addition, EPA will initiate a series of stakeholder outreach sessions and invite written feedback on how to revise the requirements for water quality certifications under the Clean Water Act. EPA intends to revise the Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule in a manner that is well informed by stakeholder input on the rule’s substantive and procedural components; is better aligned with the cooperative federalism principles that have been central to the effective implementation of the Clean Water Act; and is responsive to the national objectives outlined in President Biden’s Executive Order 13990. Written feedback must be received on or before August 2, 2021.
  • FERC – Lock 7 Hydro Partners, LLC; Notice of Application Ready for Environmental Analysis and Soliciting Comments, Recommendations, Terms and Conditions, and Prescriptions
    Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection.
    a. Type of Application: New Major License.
    b. Project No.: 539-015.
    c. Date filed: April 30, 2020.
    d. Applicant: Lock 7 Hydro Partners, LLC (Lock 7 Partners).
    e. Name of Project: Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station Water Power Project (Mother Ann Lee Project).
    f. Location: The project is located on the Kentucky River in Mercer, Jessamine, and Garrard Counties, Kentucky. The project does not occupy federal land.
    g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act 16 U.S.C. 791(a)-825(r).
    h. Applicant Contact: David Brown Kinloch, Lock 7 Hydro Partners, 414 S Wenzel St., Louisville, Kentucky 40204; (502) 589-0975, or kyhydropower@nullgmail.com.
    i. FERC Contact: Joshua Dub at (202) 502-8138, or joshua.dub@nullferc.gov.
    j. Deadline for filing comments, recommendations, terms and conditions, and prescriptions: 60 days from the issuance date of this notice (May 3, 2021); reply comments are due 105 days from the issuance date of this notice (June 17, 2021).
  • Forest Service – Forest Service Handbook (FSH) 5509.11, Chapter Twenty, Section 21; Title Claims, Sales, and Grants Handbook; Sales
    Following 2018 Farm Bill amendments to the Small Tracts Act (STA), the U.S. Forest Service is revising directives implementing the STA. These revisions are necessary to bring the Agency into alignment with the 2018 Farm Bill, specifically regarding the valuation of land the Agency sells or exchanges to keep pace with increasing market value, as well as expanding the categories of land that can be sold or exchanged. Comments must be received in writing by July 6, 2021.
  • Justice Department – Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Clean Water Act
    The Department of Justice lodged a proposed Consent Decree with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in the lawsuit entitled United States of America v. City of Quincy, Massachusetts, Civil Action No. 1:19-cv-10483-RGS. The United States filed a Complaint against the City of Quincy, Massachusetts on March 14, 2019, alleging violations of the Clean Water Act. The Complaint alleged that sewage in the City’s sanitary sewer system had leaked from the sanitary system and entered the separate storm sewer system, ultimately discharging with storm water into Quincy Bay and other receiving waters. The Complaint also alleged that the City’s sanitary sewer system had overflowed on numerous occasions, resulting in discharges of sewage. The Consent Decree calls for the City to implement a comprehensive and integrated program to investigate, repair, and rehabilitate its stormwater and sanitary sewer systems, with all investigations and remedial work completed by December 31, 2034. The City will also pay a $115,000 penalty. The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment on the Consent Decree. All comments must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days after the publication date of this notice (July 17, 2021).
  • NOAA – Evaluation of National Estuarine Research Reserve; Public Meeting; Request for Comments
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management will hold a public meeting to solicit comments on the performance evaluation of the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve. NOAA will consider all written comments received by July 2, 2021. A virtual public meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
  • NOAA – Draft Revised Management Plan for the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
    NOAA is soliciting comments from the public regarding a proposed revision of the management plan for the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. A management plan: Provides a framework for the direction and timing of a reserve’s programs; allows reserve managers to assess a reserve’s success in meeting its goals and to identify any necessary changes in direction; and is used to guide programmatic evaluations of the reserve. Plan revisions are required of each reserve in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System at least every five years. This revised plan is intended to replace the plan approved in 2012. Comments must be received at the appropriate address on or before June 28, 2021.
  • NOAA – Solicitation of Nominations for the Marine Debris Foundation Board of Directors
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Marine Debris Foundation Board of Directors (Board). The Board shall consist of 13 Directors, including the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. Nominations to the Board of Directors for the Marine Debris Foundation must be received in entirety no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 30, 2021.
  • NOAA – Request for Information and Public Virtual Dialogues on Commercial Earth Observations and Geospatial Data and Services Practices
    The United States Group on Earth Observations (USGEO) is preparing a document containing best practices for Federal government procurement of commercial Earth observation and geospatial data and services, per the 2019 National Plan for Civil Earth Observations. Information from private sector providers and users; academia, and the public is critical to that effort, and therefore USGEO is seeking public input. This notice invites the public to submit written comments on the topic generally and in response to specific questions outlined below, and to attend one of four virtual forums. The agency must receive comments on or before June 30, 2021.
  • NOAA – Solicitation for Applications for Advisory Councils Established Pursuant to the National Marine Sanctuaries Act and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Executive Order
    Notice is hereby given that ONMS will solicit applications to fill non-governmental seats on its 15 established national marine sanctuary advisory councils and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council (advisory councils), under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Executive Order, respectively. Note, the list of 16 established advisory councils in the Contact Information for Each Site section includes the advisory council established for the Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary. Vacant seats, including positions (i.e., primary and alternate), for each of the advisory councils will be advertised differently at each site in accordance with the information provided in this notice. Applications will only be accepted in response to current, open vacancies and in accordance with the deadlines and instructions included on each site’s website.
  • NOAA and USFWS – Marianas Trench Marine National Monument Management Plan
    FWS and NOAA announce the availability of a draft monument management plan for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. The draft MMP describes proposed goals, objectives, and strategies for managing the Monument over a 15-year period. Comments must be received by July 26, 2021 (comment period extended).
  • NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Initiation of 5-Year Review for Cook Inlet Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)
    NMFS announces its intent to conduct a 5-year review of the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) distinct population segment (DPS). NMFS is required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to conduct 5-year reviews to ensure that listing classifications of species are accurate. The 5-year review must be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. They request submission of any such information on the Cook Inlet beluga whale DPS, particularly information on its status, threats, and recovery, that has become available since the previous 5-year review was issued in February 2017. To allow them adequate time to conduct this review, they must receive your information no later than June 25, 2021 (comment period extended). However, they will continue to accept new information about any listed species at any time.
  • NOAA NMFS – Endangered and Threatened Species; Initiation of 5-Year Review for Southern Resident Killer Whales
    NMFS announces their intent to conduct a 5-year review of Southern Resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). The purpose of 5-year reviews is to ensure that the listing classification of a species remains accurate. This 5-year review will be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, they request submission of any such information on Southern Resident killer whales that has become available since their previous 5-year review was completed in 2016. Based on the results of this 5-year review, they will make the requisite determination under the ESA. They must receive your information no later than June 21, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Pacific Islands Aquaculture Management Program Meetings
    NMFS will convene four public meetings to receive public comments on a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) for an aquaculture management program in the Pacific Islands. The DPEIS outlines potential management alternatives, and analyzes the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on the environment. The virtual meetings will be held between June 15 and June 24, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; 2021-2023 Small-Mesh Multispecies Specifications
    NMFS proposes small-mesh multispecies specifications for the 2021 fishing year, and projected specifications for fishing years 2022 and 2023, as recommended by the New England Fishery Management Council. This action also proposes changes to whiting possession limits on certain trips and would restore the in-season adjustment trigger for northern red hake. This action is necessary to establish allowable harvest levels and other management measures consistent with the most recent scientific information. This rule also informs the public of the proposed fishery specifications and provides an opportunity for comment. Comments must be received by June 28, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Cook Inlet Salmon; Amendment 14
    NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 14 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Salmon Fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Off Alaska (Salmon FMP). If approved, Amendment 14 would incorporate the Cook Inlet EEZ Subarea into the Salmon FMP’s West Area, thereby bringing the Cook Inlet EEZ Subarea and the commercial salmon fisheries that occur within it under Federal management by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and NMFS. The management measure implemented by Amendment 14 would be to apply the prohibition on commercial salmon fishing that is currently established in the West Area to the newly added Cook Inlet EEZ Subarea. This proposed rule is necessary to comply with a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling and to ensure the Salmon FMP is consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). This proposed rule is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Salmon FMP, and other applicable laws. Submit comments on or before July 6, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Marine Site Characterization Surveys Off of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
    NMFS has received a request from Vineyard Wind 1, LLC (Vineyard Wind 1) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to marine site characterization surveys off of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. NMFS is also requesting comments on a possible one-time, one-year renewal that could be issued under certain circumstances and if all requirements are met, as described in Request for Public Comments at the end of the notice. NMFS will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorizations and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision. Comments and information must be received no later than July 7, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Cook Inlet Salmon; Amendment 14
    The North Pacific Fishery Management Council submitted Amendment 14 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Salmon Fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Off Alaska (Salmon FMP) to the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) for review. If approved, Amendment 14 would incorporate the Cook Inlet EEZ Subarea into the Salmon FMP’s West Area, thereby bringing the Cook Inlet EEZ Subarea and the commercial salmon fisheries that occur within it under Federal management by the Council and NMFS. Amendment 14 would manage the Cook Inlet EEZ Subarea by applying the prohibition on commercial salmon fishing that is currently established in the West Area to the newly added Cook Inlet EEZ Subarea. Amendment 14 is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the Salmon FMP, and other applicable laws. Comments must be received no later than July 19, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Notice of Initiation of a 5-Year Review of the Sperm Whale
    NMFS announces the initiation of a 5-year review for the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). NMFS is required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to conduct 5-year reviews to ensure that the listing classifications of species are accurate. The 5-year review must be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. We request submission of any such information on the sperm whale, particularly information on the status, threats, and recovery of the species that has become available since its last status review in 2015. To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, NMFS must receive information no later than July 26, 2021.
  • NOAA NMFS – Nominations to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee
    Nominations are being sought for appointment by the Secretary of Commerce to fill vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC or Committee). MAFAC is the only Federal advisory committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary to assist in the development and implementation of Departmental regulations, policies, and programs critical to the mission and goals of NMFS. Nominations are encouraged from all interested parties involved with or representing interests affected by NMFS actions in managing living marine resources. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in a field related to the management of living marine resources and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings and year round subcommittee work. Individuals serve for a term of three years for no more than two consecutive terms if re-appointed. NMFS is seeking qualified nominees to fill pending vacancies. Nominations must have an email date stamp on or before July 29, 2021.
  • NRCS – Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Gould Wash Flood Protection Project, Washington County, Utah
    The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Utah State Office announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the Gould Wash Flood Protection Project within the Warner Draw Watershed in Washington County, Utah. NRCS is requesting comments to identify significant issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIS from all interested all interested individuals. The EIS process will examine existing flood control measures and evaluate additional (new) alternatives identified during scoping. NRCS will consider comments received by July 6, 2021.
  • NRCS – Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Upper Price River Watershed Project, Carbon County, Utah
    The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Utah State Office announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the Upper Price River Watershed Project within the Upper Price River Watershed in Carbon County, Utah. NRCS is requesting comments to identify significant issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIS from all interested individuals. The EIS process will examine existing flood control measures and evaluate additional (new) alternatives identified during scoping. NRCS will consider comments received by July 6, 2021.
  • NSF – Request for Recommendations for Membership on Directorate and Office Advisory Committees
    The National Science Foundation requests recommendations for membership on its scientific and technical Federal advisory committees. Recommendations should consist of the name of the submitting individual, the organization or the affiliation providing the member nomination, the name of the recommended individual, the recommended individual’s curriculum vita, an expression of the individual’s interest in serving, and the following recommended individual’s contact information: Employment address, telephone number, fax number, and email address. Self-recommendations are accepted. See the Federal Register notice for contact importation for each of the committees.
  • TVA – Environmental Impact Statement for Kingston Fossil Plant Retirement
    The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assess the impacts associated with the proposed retirement of the nine coal-fired units at the Kingston Fossil Plant (KIF) and the construction and operation of facilities to replace the retired generation. TVA will use the EIS process to elicit and prioritize the values and concerns of stakeholders; formulate, evaluate and compare alternatives; provide opportunities for public review and comment; and ensure that TVA’s evaluation of potential retirement and replacement energy generation reflects a full range of stakeholder input. Public comment is invited concerning the scope of the EIS, alternatives being considered, and environmental issues that should be addressed as a part of this EIS. TVA is also requesting data, information and analysis relevant to the proposed action from the public; affected Federal, State, tribal, and local governments, agencies, and offices; the scientific community; industry; or any other interested party. To ensure consideration, comments on the scope and environmental issues must be postmarked, emailed or submitted online no later than July 15, 2021. The TVA will hold a public scoping meeting on June 29, 2021.
  • USFWS – Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council; Call for Nominations
    The Secretary of the Interior seeks nominations for individuals to be considered for membership on the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council. Email submissions must be received by June 24, 2021 and U.S. mail submissions must be postmarked by June 24, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removal of the Dwarf-Flowered Heartleaf From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove the dwarf-flowered heartleaf (Hexastylis naniflora), a plant endemic to the upper Piedmont region of western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina, from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants (List). This determination is based on a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial data, which indicate that the threats to the species have been eliminated or reduced to the point that the species no longer meets the definition of a threatened species, and does not meet the definition of an endangered species, under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). They also announce the availability of a draft post-delisting monitoring (PDM) plan for the dwarf-flowered heartleaf. They seek information, data, and comments from the public regarding this proposal to delist this species and on the draft PDM plan. They will accept comments received or postmarked on or before June 25, 2021.
  • USFWS – Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Lake County, FL; Categorical Exclusion
    The Fish and Wildlife Service announces receipt of an application from PMDW Ventures, LLC (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink incidental to construction in Lake County, Florida. USFWS requests public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), and the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as “low-effect,” categorically excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, USFWS used our environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of which are also available for public review. USFWS must receive your written comments on or before July 1, 2021.
  • USFWS – Receipt of Incidental Take Permit Application and Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for the Sand Skink, Orange County, FL; Categorical Exclusion
    The Fish and Wildlife Service announces receipt of an application from Spring Grove, LLC (applicant) for an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act. The applicant requests the ITP to take the federally listed sand skink incidental to the construction of a housing development in Orange County, Florida. USFWS requests public comment on the application, which includes the applicant’s proposed habitat conservation plan (HCP), and the Service’s preliminary determination that this HCP qualifies as “low-effect,” categorically excluded, under the National Environmental Policy Act. To make this determination, USFWS used the environmental action statement and low-effect screening form, both of which are also available for public review. USFWS must receive your written comments on or before July 1, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Recovery Plan for Guadalupe Fescue
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of our draft recovery plan for Guadalupe fescue, a plant endemic to high mountains in the Chihuahuan desert, in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas and in Coahuila, Mexico, and listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. USFWS provides this notice to seek comments from the public and Federal, Tribal, State, and local governments. USFWS must receive written comments on or before July 6, 2021.
  • USFWS – Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Gould Wash Flood Protection Project, Washington County, Utah
    The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Utah State Office announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the Gould Wash Flood Protection Project within the Warner Draw Watershed in Washington County, Utah. NRCS is requesting comments to identify significant issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIS from all interested all interested individuals. The EIS process will examine existing flood control measures and evaluate additional (new) alternatives identified during scoping. NRCS will consider comments received by July 6, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Recovery Plan for Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the draft recovery plan for the Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly (Icaricia [Plebejus] shasta charlestonensis), an endangered butterfly species, for public review and comment. USFWS requests review and comment on this draft recovery plan from local, State, and Federal agencies; nongovernmental organizations; and the public. USFWS must receive any comments on the draft recovery plan on or before July 9, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Recovery Plan for Kuenzler Hedgehog Cactus
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of our draft recovery plan for Kuenzler hedgehog cactus, a small cactus found in New Mexico. Kuenzler hedgehog cactus is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. USFWS provide this notice to seek comments from the public and Federal, Tribal, State, and local governments. To ensure consideration, USFWS must receive written comments on or before July 9, 2021.
  • USFWS –  Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Recovery Plan for the Rufa Red Knot
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the draft recovery plan for rufa red knot, a bird subspecies listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. USFWS requests review and comment on this draft recovery plan from local, State, and Federal agencies, and the public. USFWS must receive comments by July 12, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Recovery Plan for Cirsium scariosum var. loncholepis (La Graciosa thistle)
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for Cirsium scariosum var. loncholepis (La Graciosa thistle) for public review and comment. The draft recovery plan includes objective, measurable criteria, and site-specific management actions as may be necessary to ameliorate threats, such that the species can be removed from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants. USFWS must receive any comments on the draft recovery plan on or before July 12, 2021.
  • USFWS – Tijuana Estuary Tidal Restoration Program II, Phase I (TETRP II Phase I)
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, along with the California Department of Parks and Recreation’s Border Field State Park, propose to act in partnership to prepare a joint draft environmental impact statement/environmental impact report to evaluate the impacts on the human environment related to restoring coastal wetlands within the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve at the southwestern corner of San Diego County, California. USFWS is providing this notice to open a public scoping period and announce our intent to conduct public scoping meetings in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, and its implementing regulations. To ensure consideration in USFWS reviews, they are requesting submission of new information no later than July 12, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Initiation of 5-Year Status Reviews of 76 Species in California and Nevada
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is initiating 5-year status reviews of 76 species in California and Nevada under the Endangered Species Act. A 5-year review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, USFWS is requesting submission of any new information on these species that has become available since the last review. To ensure consideration in reviews, they are requesting submission of new information no later than July 19, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Recovery Plan for Nipomo Mesa lupine (Lupinus nipomensis)
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for Nipomo Mesa lupine (Lupinus nipomensis) for public review and comment. The draft recovery plan includes objective, measurable criteria, and site-specific management actions as may be necessary to ameliorate threats such that the species can be removed from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Plants. USFWS must receive any comments on the draft recovery plan on or before July 19, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Revised Recovery Plan for Houston Toad
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of a draft revised recovery plan for the Houston toad, listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The Houston toad is a semi-aquatic species endemic to pine and oak forests within Austin, Bastrop, Burleson, Colorado, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Milam, and Robinson Counties, Texas. USFWS provides this notice to seek comments from the public and Federal, Tribal, State, and local governments, they must receive written comments on or before July 27, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Revised Recovery Plan for Houston Toad
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of a draft revised recovery plan for the Houston toad, listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The Houston toad is a semi-aquatic species endemic to pine and oak forests within Austin, Bastrop, Burleson, Colorado, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Milam, and Robinson Counties, Texas. USFWS provides this notice to seek comments from the public and Federal, Tribal, State, and local governments, they must receive written comments on or before July 27, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Lesser Prairie-Chicken; Threatened Status With Section 4(d) Rule for the Northern Distinct Population Segment and Endangered Status for the Southern Distinct Population Segment
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list two Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of the lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus), a grassland bird known from southeastern Colorado, western Kansas, eastern New Mexico, western Oklahoma, and the Texas Panhandle under the Endangered Species Act. This determination also serves as a 12-month finding on a petition to list the lesser prairie-chicken. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, USFWS finds that listing the Southern DPS as endangered is warranted, and that listing the Northern DPS as threatened is warranted. Accordingly, USFWS proposes to list the Southern DPS as an endangered species under the Act and the Northern DPS as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (“4(d) rule”). If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it will add these two DPSs to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act’s protections to them. USFWS also are notifying the public that they have scheduled informational meetings followed by public hearings on the proposed rule on July 8 and July 14. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before August 2, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Designating Texas Hornshell Critical Habitat
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to designate critical habitat for the Texas hornshell (Popenaias popeii), a freshwater mussel, under the Endangered Species Act. In total, the proposed critical habitat designation includes approximately 463.6 river miles (745.9 kilometers) in Eddy County, New Mexico, and in Culberson, Brewster, Terrell, Val Verde, Kinney, Maverick, and Webb Counties, Texas. If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would extend protections to this species’ critical habitat. The effect of this regulation is to designate critical habitat for the Texas hornshell under the Act. USFWS also announces the availability of a draft economic analysis of the proposed designation of critical habitat. USFWS also are notifying the public that they have scheduled an informational meeting followed by a public hearing on the proposed rule. USFWS will accept comments on this proposed rule or draft economic analysis that are received or postmarked on or before August 9, 2021.
  • USFWS – Draft Recovery Plan for Five Species From American Samoa
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the availability of the Draft Recovery Plan for Five Species from American Samoa. The draft recovery plan includes specific goals, objectives, and criteria necessary to remove these species from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. USFWS requests review of this draft recovery plan and invite comments from local, Territorial, and Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the public. To ensure consideration, USFWS must receive written comments on or before August 16, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Recovery Plan for White Fringeless Orchid
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability for public review and comment of the draft recovery plan for the Platanthera integrilabia (white fringeless orchid), a plant listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. USFWS requests review and comment on the draft recovery plan from local, State, and Federal agencies, Tribes, nongovernmental organizations, and the public. USFWS must receive comments by August 16, 2021.
  • USFWS –  Threatened Species Status for Mount Rainier White-Tailed Ptarmigan With a Section 4(d) Rule
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service propose to list the Mount Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan (Lagopus leucura rainierensis), a bird subspecies in Washington, as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. After a review of the best available scientific and commercial information, we find that listing the subspecies is warranted. Accordingly, USFWS proposes to list the Mount Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan as a threatened species with a rule issued under section 4(d) of the Act (“4(d) rule”). If USFWS finalizes this rule as proposed, it would add this subspecies to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and extend the Act’s protections to the species. USFWS has determined that designation of critical habitat for this subspecies is not prudent. USFWS will accept comments received or postmarked on or before August 16, 2021.
  • USFWS – Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 90-Day Findings for Two Species
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces 90-day findings on two petitions to add species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act. Based on our review, USFWS finds that the petitions present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned actions may be warranted. Therefore, with the publication of this document, USFWS announces that they plan to initiate status reviews of the Temblor legless lizard (Anniella alexanderae) and Santa Ana speckled dace (Rhinichthys osculus) to determine whether the petitioned actions are warranted. To ensure that the status reviews are comprehensive, USFWS is requesting scientific and commercial data and other information regarding the species and factors that may affect their status. Based on the status reviews, USFWS will issue 12-month petition findings, which will address whether or not the petitioned actions are warranted, in accordance with the Act. As USFWS commences their status reviews, they seek any new information concerning the status of, or threats to, the species or their habitats. Any information received during the course of our status reviews will be considered.

 

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