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Federal Register / Vol. 71, No.

245 / Thursday, December 21, 2006 / Notices 76633

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE This notice of meeting is given inventory and evaluation of

pursuant to section 10 of the Federal environmental and socioeconomic
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Advisory Committee Act. conditions were prepared by
Service Done in Washington, DC, this 15th day of Massachusetts NRCS and EA
December 2006. Engineering, Science, and Technology
[Docket No. APHIS–2006–0187] Kevin Shea, under a contract with NRCS. Reviews
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant
were held with the U.S. Environmental
General Conference Committee of the Health Inspection Service. Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of
National Poultry Improvement Plan; Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
[FR Doc. E6–21841 Filed 12–20–06; 8:45 am]
Meeting Service, National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, National
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Park Service, Massachusetts Executive
Inspection Service, USDA. Office of Environmental Affairs, State
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
Historic Preservation Officer, and the
Natural Resources Conservation Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of
SUMMARY: We are giving notice of a the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head
meeting of the General Conference Service
(Aquinnah). Inputs from these reviews
Committee of the National Poultry were included in the EIS.
Cape Cod Water Resources
Improvement Plan. A public meeting was held on May
Restoration Project, Barnstable
DATES: The meeting will be held on County, MA; Record of Decision 18, 2005, to solicit public participation
January 24, 2007, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the environmental evaluation, to
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at
1. Purpose—As State conservationist assure that all interested parties had
the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 for the Natural Resources Conservation sufficient information to understand
Andrew Young International Boulevard, Service (NRCS), I am the Responsible how their concerns are affected by water
NW., Atlanta, GA. Federal Official (RFO) for all NRCS resource problems, to afford local
projects in Massachusetts. interests the opportunity to express
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. The recommended plan for the Cape
Andrew R. Rhorer, Senior Coordinator, their views regarding the plans that can
Cod Watershed involves works of best solve these problems, and to
National Poultry Improvement Plan, VS, improvement to be installed under
APHIS, 1498 Klondike Road, Suite 101, provide all interests an opportunity to
authorities administered by NRCS. This participate in the plan selection. More
Conyers, GA 30094, (770) 922–3496. areawide planning Project 1 includes 26 than 400 parties were notified by mail
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The salt marsh restoration projects, 24 fish of the joint public meetings. Meeting
General Conference Committee (the passage remediation projects, and 26 notes are on file at the NRCS State
Committee) of the National Poultry stormwater remediation projects. Office.
Improvement Plan (NPIP), representing The Cape Cod Watershed plan was Testimony and recommendations
cooperating State agencies and poultry prepared under the authority of the were received relative to the following
industry members, serves an essential Watershed Protection and Flood subjects:
function by acting as liaison between Prevention Act (Public Law 566, 83rd a. Support for projects to treat
the poultry industry and the Department Congress, 68 Stat. 666, as amended) by stormwater runoff as a means for
in matters pertaining to poultry health. the Cape Cod Conservation District, improving water quality and keeping
In addition, the Committee assists the Barnstable County Commissioners, the shellfish beds open for recreational and
Department in planning, organizing, and 15 towns of Barnstable County, and the commercial use.
conducting the NPIP Biennial Massachusetts Executive Office of b. Support for projects to restore fish
Conference. Environmental Affairs. The scoping passageways on local streams.
Topics for discussion at the upcoming meeting, held during May 2005, c. Support for projects to restore tidal
meeting include: established the NRCS, U.S. Department flushing to salt marshes with restricted
1. H5/H7 low pathogenic avian of Agriculture, as lead agency. tidal openings.
influenza program for commercial 2. Measures taken to comply with A draft Environmental Impact
layers, broilers, and turkeys; national environmental policies—The Statement (EIS) was prepared in August
2. Compartmentalization of notifiable Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration 2006 and made available for public
avian influenza free zones; Project has been planned in accordance review. The recommendations and
3. National animal identification with existing Federal legislation comments obtained from the public
program for poultry; and concerned with the preservation of meeting held during Project planning
4. Cleaning, disinfection, and bird environmental values. The following and assessment were considered in the
disposal costs for commercial poultry actions were taken to ensure that the preparation of the draft EIS.
flocks. Cape Cod Watershed plan is consistent The draft EIS was distributed to
The meeting will be open to the with national goals and policies. agencies, conservation groups,
public. However, due to time The interdisciplinary environmental organizations, and individuals for
constraints, the public will not be evaluation of the Cape Cod Water comment. Copies were also placed in
allowed to participate in the discussions Resources Restoration Project was the libraries of all 15 towns in the
during the meeting. Written statements conducted by the sponsoring local watershed, and the draft EIS was made
on meeting topics may be filed with the organizations, cooperating agencies, and available on the Massachusetts NRCS
Committee before or after the meeting the NRCS. Information was obtained Web site. The draft EIS was filed with
by sending them to the person listed from many groups and agencies. An the Environmental Protection Agency
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under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on August 3, 2006, and notices of the

1 We use ‘‘Project’’ in this ROD and the Plan-EIS
CONTACT. Written statements may also availability of the draft EIS for public
to refer to the areawide Cape Cod Water Resources
be filed at the meeting. Please refer to Restoration Project and ‘‘project’’ to refer to
review were published in the Federal
Docket No. APHIS–2006–0187 when individual site restoration or remediation activities; Register by NRCS on August 1, 2006,
submitting your statements. the Project comprises 76 projects. and by EPA on August 11, 2006.

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76634 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 245 / Thursday, December 21, 2006 / Notices

Existing data and information environment while accomplishing an and the irreversible and irretrievable
pertaining to the Project’s probable authorized Project purpose. Project commitment of resources are described
environmental consequences were features designed to preserve existing in the final EIS.
obtained with assistance from other environmental values for future g. All reasonable and viable
scientists and engineers. Documentary generations include: (1) Replacement of
alternatives to Project features and to
information as well as the views of inadequately sized or failed culverts
the Project itself were studied and
interested Federal, State, and local with larger culverts or bridges to restore
agencies and concerned individuals and tidal flushing to salt marshes; (2) analyzed with reference to national
organizations having special knowledge reconstruction of failed fish policies and goals, especially those
of, competence over, or interest in the passageways, replacement of collapsed expressed in the National
Project’s environmental impacts were or improperly aligned curves, or Environmental Policy Act and the
sought. This process continued until it removing restrictions at bridges to Federal water resource development
was felt that all the information provide full access to upstream legislation under which the Project was
necessary for a comprehensive, reliable spawning and nursery areas for planned. Each possible course of action
assessment had been gathered. anadromous fish; and (3) installation of was evaluated as to its possible
A complete picture of the Project’s catch basins and infiltration systems or economic, technical, social, and overall
current and probable future other cost-effective alternatives to treat environmental consequences to
environmental setting was assembled to stormwater runoff, reduce bacteria determine the tradeoffs necessary to
determine the proposed Project’s impact loading to tidal receiving waters, and accommodate all national policies and
and identify unavoidable adverse help keep shellfish beds open. interests. Some alternatives may tend to
environmental impacts that might be b. The Cape Cod Water Resources protect more of the present and tangible
produced. During these phases of Restoration Project was planned using a environmental amenities than the
evaluation, it became apparent that systematic interdisciplinary approach proposed Project will preserve.
there are legitimate conflicts of involving integrated uses of the natural
However, no alternative or combination
scientific theory and conclusions and social sciences and environmental
of alternatives will afford greater
leading to differing views of the design arts. All conclusions concerning
Project’s environmental impact. In such the environmental impact of the Project protection of the environmental values
cases, after consulting with persons and overall merit of existing plans were while accomplishing the other Project
qualified in the appropriate disciplines, based on a review of data and goals and objectives.
those theories and conclusions information that would be reasonably h. I conclude, therefore, that the
appearing to be the most reasonable, expected to reveal significant proposed Project will be the most
and having scientific acceptance were environmental consequences of the effective means of meeting national
adopted. proposed Project. These data included goals and is consistent in serving the
The consequences of a full range of studies prepared specifically for the public interest by including provisions
reasonable and viable alternatives to Project and comments and views of all to protect and enhance the environment.
specific improvements were considered, interested Federal, State, and local I also conclude that the recommended
studied, and analyzed. In reviewing agencies and individuals. The results of plan is the environmentally preferable
these alternatives, all courses of action this review constitute the basis for the plan.
that could reasonably accomplish the conclusions and recommendations. The
Project purposes were considered. Project will not affect any cultural 4. Recommendations—Having
Attempts were made to identify the resources eligible for inclusion in the concluded that the proposed Cape Cod
economic, social, and environmental National Register of Historic Places. Nor Water Resources Restoration Project
values affected by each alternative. Both will the Project affect any species of uses all practicable means, consistent
structural and nonstructural alternatives fish, wildlife, or plant or their habitats with other essential considerations of
were considered. that have been designated as the national policy, to meet the goals
The alternatives considered endangered or threatened. established in the National
reasonable alternatives to accomplish c. In studying and evaluating the Environmental Policy Act, that the
the project’s objectives were (1) Water environmental impact of the Cape Cod Project will thus serve the overall public
Resources Restoration Alternative, (2) Water Resources Restoration Project, interest, that the final EIS has been
No Action Alternative. every effort was made to express all prepared, reviewed, and accepted in
3. Conclusions—The following significant environmental values accordance with the provisions of the
conclusions were reached after carefully quantitatively and to identify and give National Environmental Policy Act as
reviewing the proposed Cape Cod Water appropriate weight and consideration of implemented by Departmental
Resources Restoration Project in light of nonquantifiable environmental values.
all national goals and policies, regulations for the preparation of
d. Wherever legitimate conflicts of
particularly those expressed in the environmental impact statements, and
scientific theory and conclusions
National Environmental Policy Act, and existed and conclusions led to different that the Project meets the needs of the
after evaluating the overall merit of views, persons qualified in the Project’s sponsoring local organizations,
possible alternatives to the Project: appropriate environmental disciplines I propose to implement the Cape Cod
a. The Cape Cod Water Resources were consulted. Theories and Water Resources Restoration Project.
Restoration Project will employ conclusions appearing to be most Christine Clarke,
reasonable and practicable means that reasonable scientifically acceptable, or
are consistent with the National State Conservationist, Natural Resources
both, were adopted. Conservation Service, U.S. Department of
Environmental Policy Act while e. Every possible effort has been made
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permitting the application of other to identify those adverse environmental
[FR Doc. E6–21847 Filed 12–20–06; 8:45 am]
national policies and interests. These effects that cannot be avoided if the
means include, but are not limited to, a Project is constructed. BILLING CODE 3410–16–P

Project planned and designed to f. The long-term and short-term

minimize adverse effects on the natural resource uses, long-term productivity,

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