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EIR/EIS, together with modifications • Mohave County Library, 1170 Implementation Agreement, Inadvertent
and additions thereto set forth in an Hancock Rd., Bullhead City, AZ Overrun and Payback Policy and
Errata, copies of all written and oral 86442 Related Federal Actions Final EIS (Final
comments received on the Draft EIR/ • Palo Verde Valley Library, 125 W. IA EIS). Execution of the
EIS, and responses to those comments. Chanslor Way, Blythe, CA 92225 Implementation Agreement (IA) would
On June 28, 2002, the IID Board certified • Parker Public Library, 1001 S. Navajo commit the Secretary of the Interior
the June 2002 Final EIR/EIS pursuant to Ave., Parker, AZ 85344 (Secretary) to make Colorado River
the requirements of Section 15090 of the • Riverside Central Library, water deliveries in accordance with the
CEQA Guidelines. In order to comply Government Documents Section, 3581 terms and conditions of the IA to enable
with Council on Environmental Quality Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA certain southern California water
regulations implementing NEPA related 92501 agencies (participating agencies) to
to the use of errata (40 CFR part • San Bernardino County Library, 104 implement the proposed Quantification
1503.4(c)), Reclamation has prepared West 4th Street, San Bernardino, CA Settlement Agreement (QSA).
this fully integrated, stand alone 92401 DATES: No decision will be made on the
October 2002 Final EIR/EIS. • San Diego County Public Library, 201 proposed action until at least 30 days
The Final EIR/EIS identifies and E. Douglas Street, El Cajon, CA 92020 after the United States Environmental
summarizes the impacts to the Colorado • Yuma County Library, 350 S. 3rd Protection Agency’s (EPA) Notice of
River associated with IID’s proposed Ave., Yuma, AZ 85364 Availability for the Final IA EIS has
change in point of delivery of up to No decision will be made regarding been published in the Federal Register.
300,000 acre-feet of Colorado River the proposed Federal action until at At this time, it is anticipated the
water, under either the IID/SDCWA least 30 days after EPA’s Notice of Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) will
Transfer Agreement or QSA. It also Availability for this October 2002 Final complete a Record of Decision (ROD)
describes the anticipated impacts EIR/EIS, and the Final IA EIS. It is prior to December 31, 2002.
associated with the water conservation anticipated the Secretary will complete ADDRESSES: A copy of the Final IA EIS
measures to be undertaken. IID’s a ROD for Reclamation’s proposed is available for public inspection and
proposed methods of conserving the action prior to December 31, 2002. The review at the locations listed in the
water to be transferred, and use of that ROD will state the action that will be SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. An
water, are also described in the Final implemented and will discuss all factors internet version of the document is
EIR/EIS. leading to the decision. Any changes available on Reclamation’s Lower
The Final EIR/EIS includes an that have been to the proposed water Colorado River Operations Web site at
analysis of impacts that may be relevant conservation and transfer project will be In
when evaluating the impacts of IID’s evaluated prior to decision-making to addition, hard copy or computer
water transfer and conservation project determine what, if any, additional diskette versions of the document are
and operation and maintenance environmental compliance also available upon request from Ms.
activities associated with its permit documentation is needed. These Janet Steele, Boulder Canyon Operations
request. However, the FWS currently determinations will be addressed in the Office, Bureau of Reclamation, BCOO–
does not anticipate issuing a Section 10 ROD. 4601, PO Box 61470, Boulder City,
permit concurrent with Reclamation’s Nevada 89006, telephone 702–293–
Dated: October 29, 2002.
decision regarding the change in point 8551, faxogram 702–293–8042.
Willie Taylor,
of delivery of Colorado River water; FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Director, Office of Environmental Policy and
thus, discussion regarding the HCP and Compliance.
Questions regarding the Final IA EIS
Section 10 permit is not included here. should be directed to Mr. Bruce D. Ellis,
[FR Doc. 02–28507 Filed 11–7–02; 8:45 am]
Copies of the October 2002 Final EIR/ Phoenix Area Office, Bureau of
EIS are available for public inspection Reclamation, PXAO–1500, PO Box
and review at the following locations: 81169, Phoenix Arizona 85069–1169,
• Department of the Interior, Natural telephone 602–216–3854, faxogram
Resources Library, 1849 C St., NW, 602–216–4006.
Washington, DC 20240 Bureau of Reclamation SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
• Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Office Secretary, pursuant to the Boulder
Library, Building 67, Room 167, Canyon Project Act of 1928 and Arizona
Denver Federal Center, 6th and Implementation Agreement, v. California 1964 Supreme Court
Kipling, Denver, CO 80225 Inadvertent Overrun and Payback Decree (376 U.S. 340), proposes to take
Federal actions necessary to support the
• Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Policy and Related Federal Actions,
Lower Colorado River, Arizona, implementation of the QSA. The QSA is
Colorado Regional Office, Nevada
California and Nevada an agreement in principle among the
Highway and Park St., Boulder City,
participating agencies. It establishes a
NV 89006
AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, framework of conservation measures
• Bureau of Reclamation, Yuma Area Interior. and water transfers within southern
Office, 7301 Calle Agua Salada, California for up to 75 years. It provides
Yuma, AZ 85364–9763 ACTION: Notice of availability of a final
environmental impact statement (EIS). a substantial mechanism for California
• Brawley Public Library, 400 Main to reduce its diversions of Colorado
Street, Brawley, CA 92227 SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National River water in normal years to its 4.4
• Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of million acre-feet per year
Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92009 1969, as amended, and the Council on apportionment.
• El Centro Public Library, 539 State Environmental Quality’s Regulations for The purpose of the Federal action is
Street, El Centro, CA 92243 Implementing the Procedural Provisions to facilitate implementation of the QSA.
• Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. of NEPA, the Bureau of Reclamation The need for the Federal action is to
5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 (Reclamation) has issued the assist California’s efforts to reduce its

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use of Colorado River water to its 4.4 QSA need to comply with the California • Bureau of Reclamation, Lower
million acre-feet apportionment in a Environmental Quality Act, California Colorado Regional Office, Nevada
normal year. This reduction in Endangered Species Act, and other State Highway and Park St., Boulder City, NV
California’s use of Colorado River water and local requirements. Toward that 89006.
would benefit the entire Colorado River end, an Environmental Impact Report/ • Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix
Basin. The proposed Federal action Environmental Impact Statement was Area Office, 2222 W. Dunlap Ave., Suite
includes the following components: prepared for the IID Water Conservation 100, Phoenix, AZ 85021.
Execution of an IA, wherein the and Transfer Project (IID EIR/EIS). • Bureau of Reclamation, Southern
Secretary agrees to changes in the The IID EIR/EIS describes the California Area Office, 27710 Jefferson
amount and/or location of deliveries of potential impacts from IID’s proposed Ave., Suite 201, Temecula, CA 92590–
Colorado River water that are necessary project that would conserve and transfer 2628.
to implement the QSA; adoption of an the right to use up to 300 KAFY of • Bureau of Reclamation, Yuma Area
Inadvertent Overrun and Payback Policy Colorado River water, which IID would Office, 7301 Calle Agua Salada, Yuma,
(IOP), which establishes requirements otherwise divert for use within IID’s AZ 85364–9763.
for payback of inadvertent overuse of water service area in Imperial County, • Bureau of Reclamation, Upper
Colorado River water by Colorado River California. The conserved water would Colorado Regional Office, 125 S. State
water users in Arizona, California, and be transferred to San Diego County St., Salt Lake City, UT 84138–1102.
Nevada; and implementation of Water Authority, Coachella Valley • Lake Havasu City Library, 1787
biological conservation measures to Water District and/or The Metropolitan McCulloch Blvd. North, Lake Havasu
offset potential impacts from the Water District of Southern California.
City, AZ 86403.
proposed action that could occur to These transfers are associated with the
• Mohave County Library, 1170
federally listed fish and wildlife species. QSA and would remain in effect for up
Hancock Rd., Bullhead City, AZ 86442.
The Final IA EIS describes the to 75 years. The change in delivery
potential environmental impacts of the point of up to 300 KAFY associated • Parker Public Library, 1001 S.
three components that make up the with the IID Water Conservation and Navajo Ave., Parker, AZ 85344.
proposed Federal action. Because the Transfer Project is included as part of • Phoenix Public Library (Burton Barr
purpose of the proposed action is to the 388 KAFY change in point of Central), 1221 N. Central Ave., AZ
provide Federal approval of an delivery evaluated in the Final IA EIS. 85004.
agreement negotiated among the In concert with the water conservation • Yuma County Library, 350 S. 3rd
participating agencies, no other action actions associated with the IID Water Ave., Yuma, AZ 85364.
alternatives to the IA are considered in Conservation and Transfer Project, IID • Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W.
the Final IA EIS. Similarly, the has developed a Habitat Conservation 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071.
biological conservation measures Plan (HCP), which would mitigate • Palo Verde Valley Library, 125 W.
proposed to be implemented under the impacts to covered species from those Canslor Way, Blythe, CA 92225.
proposed action relate specifically to the water conservation actions (as well as • San Bernardino County Library,
water transfers specified in the IA and ongoing IID operation and maintenance 1111 Bailey Ave., Needles, CA 92363.
QSA. These measures were developed activities). The HCP would provide the • San Diego Central Library, 820 E
and agreed to by Reclamation and the basis for FWS to issue ‘‘take’’ St., San Diego, CA 92101.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in authorization (under section 10 of the • Henderson District Public Library,
response to Reclamation’s August 2000 ESA) to IID for its potential impacts to 280 South Water St., Henderson, NV
Biological Assessment, and were listed species. FWS has indicated it 89015.
incorporated into a FWS January 2001 does not anticipate taking an action on • Salt Lake City Public Library, 209 E
Biological Opinion; no alternatives to the HCP at this time. Because issuance 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.
the biological conservation measures are of the section 10 permit by FWS is No decision will be made on the
considered in the Final IA EIS. With uncertain, Reclamation has initiated a proposed action until at least 30 days
regard to the IOP, in response to scoping consultation with FWS under section 7 after EPA’s Notices of Availability for
comments received, Reclamation of the ESA on the voluntary the Final IA EIS and the October 2002
developed an alternative that would implementation of certain biological Final IID EIR/EIS have been published
eliminate the forgiveness of payment conservation measures, which could in the Federal Register. At this time, it
aspect of the proposed policy. This provide an alternative mechanism for is anticipated the Secretary will
alternative has been evaluated and is obtaining ‘‘take’’ authorization for the complete a ROD prior to December 31,
described in the Final IA EIS. California water agencies. The section 7 2002. The ROD will state the action that
The Final IA EIS describes the direct approach and its impacts are described will be implemented and will discuss
impacts of changing the point of in this Final IA EIS. A more detailed all factors leading to the decision. Any
delivery of up to 388,000 acre-feet per description of IID’s water conservation changes that have been made to the
year (KAFY) of Colorado River water, actions and the HCP are included in the proposed species conservation plan will
from Imperial Dam to Parker Dam, such IID Final EIR/EIR (FES–02–36), which is be evaluated prior to decision-making to
as changes in Colorado River flow and being filed with EPA concurrently with determine what, if any, additional
reservoir storage. The Final IA EIS also this Final IA EIS. environmental compliance
describes and incorporates by reference A copy of the Final IA EIS is available documentation is needed. These
analyses of off-river impacts that would for public inspection and review at the determinations will be addressed in the
result from actions taken by the QSA following locations: ROD.
participating agencies as a result of • Department of the Interior, Natural
implementing the QSA. This is because Resources Library, 1849 C St., NW., Dated: October 29, 2002.
the changes in water deliveries agreed to Washington, DC 20240. Willie Taylor,
by the Secretary in the IA will enable • Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Director, Office of Environmental Policy and
the QSA to be fully implemented. The Office Library, Building 67, Room 167, Compliance.
non-Federal actions carried out by the Denver Federal Center, 6th and Kipling, [FR Doc. 02–28508 Filed 11–7–02; 8:45 am]
participating agencies pursuant to the Denver, CO 80225. BILLING CODE 4310–MN–P

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