FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

JANUARY 1st - 10th, 2003

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-7437-2]

EPA Public Meeting--Closing the Gap: Innovative Responses for Sustainable Water Infrastructure; Notice of Public Meeting

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a one-day public forum to discuss water and wastewater infrastructure in the United States. EPA's goal is to bring together stakeholders, including those from business, government, and academia, to exchange information and views on management and sustainable financing of the nation's water and wastewater infrastructure. The meeting will be in Washington, DC, on January 31, 2003, starting at 9 a.m. This meeting is open to the public. The forum will be composed primarily of two moderated expert panels who will offer their insights. At the forum, the audience will have an opportunity to provide questions to be discussed by the experts.

DATES: The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on January 31, 2003.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the ballroom at the Marriott at Metro Center at 775 12th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information on the location and agenda of this meeting, and general background information including related documents and reports on water and wastewater infrastructure needs, please see the Office of Water Web Page at http://www.epa.gov/ow/ or contact the Safe Drinking Water Hotline, phone: (800) 426-4791 or (703) 285-1093. To assist in making arrangements for the number of attendees, please send an e-mail to closingthegap@cadmusgroup.com  with the name, title, and organization of each person attending. Seating is limited to 300 people. If you need special accommodations at this meeting, including signing, you should contact Shawna Bergman at (202) 564-3641 by January 24, 2003, so that we can make appropriate arrangements.

Dated: January 3, 2003. G. Tracy Mehan, III, Assistant Administrator for Water. [FR Doc. 03-392 Filed 1-8-03; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation

[INT-DES-02-51]

Banks Lake Drawdown, Columbia Basin Project, Washington

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability and notice of public hearings for the Banks Lake Drawdown, Washington, draft Environmental Impact Statement.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), has prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) to examine the impacts of alternatives to lower the minimum surface elevation for Banks Lake in August from 1,565 feet to 1,560 feet. The action alternative describes the resource conditions that would occur between Banks Lake surface elevations of 1,570 feet and 1,560 feet, while the no action alternative describes the conditions that would occur without the proposed action, between surface elevation 1,570 feet and 1,565 feet. Both the no action and action alternatives include four potential operational scenarios that could occur within their respective ranges. The action alternative includes a refill of the reservoir to elevation 1,565 feet, beginning September 1 and ending no later than September 10.

DATES: Written comments on the draft EIS must be received no later than March 10, 2003, at the address listed under the ADDRESSES section below. Public hearings will be held to accept oral comments on the draft EIS at: [sbull] Coulee City, Washington, on February 11, 2003, from 7 to 9 p.m. and, [sbull] Moses Lake, Washington, on February 12, 2003, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The public hearing facilities are physically accessible. Please contact Mr. Blanchard at the telephone, fax or TTY relay numbers listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice for accessibility accommodations, including sign language interpreters or other auxiliary aids. Requests should be made by January 31, 2003, to allow sufficient time to arrange for accommodation.

ADDRESSES: The public hearings will be held at: [sbull] Coulee City Elementary School, 410 W. Locust, Coulee City, Washington, and, [sbull] District 5 Fire Station Training Facility, 12801 Nelson Road, Moses Lake, Washington. Written comments on the draft EIS should be submitted to Mr. Jim Blanchard, Special Projects Officer, Bureau of Reclamation, 32 C Street, P.O. Box 815, Ephrata, WA 98823-0815; or by fax 509-754-0239, or by e-mail at: jblanchard@pn.usbr.gov. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for locations where copies of the DEIS are available for public review and inspection.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jim Blanchard, Special Projects Officer, at 509-754-0226 (relay users may dial 711). Those wishing to obtain a copy of the draft EIS in the form of a printed document or on compact disk (CD-ROM with reader included) or a summary of the draft EIS may contact Mr. Blanchard.

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

RIN 1018-AI51

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Withdrawal of the Proposed Rule To List the Flat-tailed Horned Lizard as Threatened

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), have determined that the action of listing the flat-tailed horned lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii) as threatened, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (Act) of 1973, as amended, is not warranted, and we consequently withdraw our proposed rule. We have made this determination because threats to the species as identified in the proposed rule are not as significant as earlier believed, and current available data do not indicate that the threats to the species and its habitat, as analyzed under the five listing factors described in section 4(a)(1) of the Act, are likely to endanger the species in the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.

ADDRESSES: Supporting documentation for this rulemaking is available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, 6010 Hidden Valley Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Bartel, Field Supervisor, at the above address (telephone, 760-431-9440, or fax, 760-431-9618).

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Notice of Availability of the Draft Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl Recovery Plan for Review and Public Comment

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; opening of public comment period.

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SUMMARY: We the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announce the availability for public review of a Draft Recovery Plan for the Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium brasilianum cactorum) (Draft Plan). The species is currently known to occur on Federal, state, tribal, and private lands in Pima and Pinal Counties in southern Arizona. We solicit review and comment from the public on this Draft Plan.

DATES: Comments on the Draft Plan must be received on or before April 9, 2003 to ensure our consideration.

ADDRESSES: Persons wishing to review the Draft Recovery Plan may obtain a copy by accessing the Service's Arizona Ecological Service Field Office Internet web page at http://Arizonaes.fws.gov or by contacting the Field Supervisor, Arizona Ecological Services Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2321 West Royal Palm Road, Suite 103, Phoenix, Arizona, 85021-4951 (602/242-0210) to obtain a copy via the mail or in person at the address above. Written comments and materials regarding the plan should be addressed to the Field Supervisor at the address above, faxed to 602/242-2513, or emailed to cfpo_recovery@fws.gov . Comments and materials received are available on request for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the above address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Richardson, Arizona Ecological Services Tucson Suboffice, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 110 South Church Avenue, Suite 3450, Tucson, Arizona, 85701 (520/670-4643).

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation

Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group (AMWG), Notice of Meeting

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

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SUMMARY: The Adaptive Management Program (AMP) was implemented as a result of the Record of Decision on the Operation of Glen Canyon Dam Final Environmental Impact Statement to comply with consultation requirements of the Grand Canyon Protection Act (Pub. L. 102-575) of 1992. The AMP provides an organization and process to ensure the use of scientific information in decision making concerning Glen Canyon Dam operations and protection of the affected resources consistent with the Grand Canyon Protection Act. The AMP has been organized and includes a federal advisory committee (the AMWG), a technical work group (the TWG), a monitoring and research center, and independent review panels. The TWG is a subcommittee of the AMWG and provides technical advice and information for the AMWG to act upon. Date and Location: The Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group will conduct the following public meeting: Phoenix, Arizona--January 28-29, 2003. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. on the first day and begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 12 noon on the second day. The meeting will be held at the Bureau of Indian Affairs--Western Regional Office, 2 Arizona Center, Conference Rooms A and B (12th floor), 400 North 5th Street, Phoenix, Arizona. Agenda: The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss experimental flows, non-native fish control, status of the temperature control device risk assessment, 2000 Low Steady Summer Flow (LSSF) reports, FY 2004 Annual Work Plan and Budget, basin hydrology and 602a storage, information needs associated with the Strategic Plan, public outreach, environmental compliance, and other administrative and resource issues pertaining to the AMP. Date and Location: The Glen Canyon Dam Technical Work Group will conduct the following public meeting: Phoenix, Arizona--February 26-27, 2003. The meeting will begin 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. on the first day and will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. on the second day. The meeting will be held at the Bureau of Indian Affairs--Western Regional Office, 2 Arizona Center, Conference Rooms A and B (12th floor), 400 North 5th Street, Phoenix, Arizona. Agenda: The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the experimental flow status, non-native fish control, FY 2004 budget changes, the target development process, environmental compliance, address assignments from the AMWG meeting held in January 2003, and other administrative and resource issues pertaining to the AMP. Agenda items may be revised prior to any of the meetings. Final agendas will be posted 15 days in advance of each meeting and can be found on the Bureau of Reclamation Web site under Environmental Programs at http://www.uc.usbr.gov/amp . Time will be allowed on each agenda for any individual or organization wishing to make formal oral comments (limited to 10 minutes) at the meetings. To allow full consideration of information by the AMWG or TWG members, written notice must be provided to Randall Peterson, Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Regional Office, 125 South State Street, Room 6107, Salt Lake City, Utah 84138-1147; telephone (801) 524-3758; faxogram (801) 524-3858; e-mail at rpeterson@uc.usbr.gov  at least FIVE (5) days prior to the meeting. Any written comments received will be provided to the AMWG and TWG members at their respective meetings.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Randall Peterson, telephone (801) 524- 3758; faxogram (801) 524-3858; or via e-mail at rpeterson@uc.usbr.gov

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Reclamation

Notice of Availability for Public Comment of the Draft Decision on Implementation of Section 3406(b)(2) of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) (Hereinafter Draft (b)(2) Decision), Central Valley Project (CVP), California

AGENCY: Bureau of Reclamation and Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Notice of Availability for public comment.

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SUMMARY: CVPIA Section 3406(b)(2) authorized and directed the Secretary to dedicate and manage annually eight hundred thousand (800,000) acre- feet of Central Valley Project yield for the primary purpose of implementing the fish, wildlife, and habitat restoration purposes and measures authorized by CVPIA; to assist the State of California in its efforts to protect the waters of the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento San Joaquin Delta Estuary; and to help to meet such obligations as may be legally imposed upon the Central Valley Project under State or Federal law following the date of enactment of CVPIA, including but not limited to additional obligations under the Federal Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Department of the Interior through the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has developed the Draft (b)(2) Decision to implement CVPIA Section 3406(b)(2). Public comment on the Draft (b)(2) Decision is invited at this time.

DATES: Submit written comments on the Draft (b)(2) Decision on or before February 3, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the Draft (b)(2) Decision may be retrieved from the Web site at http://www.mp.usbr.gov/cvpia/3406b2/index.html . Copies may also be requested by contacting Lynnette Wirth at (916) 978-5102 or via her email address lwirth@mp.usbr.gov , or by writing her at the below address. Written comments on the Draft (b)(2) Decision should be addressed to the Bureau of Reclamation, Attention: Lynnette Wirth, MP-140, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information, please contact Lynnette Wirth at (916) 978-5102, or e-mail lwirth@mp.usbr.gov.

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rate adjustments.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owns, or has an interest in, irrigation facilities located on various Indian reservations throughout the United States where rates are established to recover its costs to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate those facilities. We request your comments on the proposed rate adjustments.

DATES: Interested parties may submit comments on the proposed rate adjustments on or before March 10, 2003.

ADDRESSES: All comments on the proposed rate adjustments must be in writing and addressed to: Larry Scrivner, Acting Director, Office of Trust Responsibilities, Attn.: Irrigation and Power, MS-3061-MIB, Code 210, 1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240, Telephone (202) 208-5480.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For details about a particular irrigation project, please use the tables in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section to contact the regional or local office where the project is located.

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Integrated Resource Management Plan for the Spokane Indian Reservation, Stevens County, WA

AGENCY: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Spokane Tribe of Indians, as co-lead agencies, intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposed update to the Integrated Resource Management Plan (IRMP) for the Spokane Indian Reservation. The purpose of updating the IRMP is to develop long-term resource management policies that will ensure direction and stability for needed sustained growth of reservation economics, compatible with traditional values and needs for a quality human environment. Details on the project area and the proposed action are provided in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. This notice also announces a public scoping meeting for the content of the EIS.

DATES: Comments on the scope and content of the EIS must arrive by February 7, 2003. The public scoping meeting will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2003, at 6 p.m.

ADDRESSES: You may mail or hand carry written comments to Rudy Peone, Spokane Tribe Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 480, Wellpinit, Washington 99040; or to Ted Hensold, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Spokane Agency, P.O. Box 389, Wellpinit, Washington 99040. You may also telefax comments to Rudy Peone at (509) 258-9600. Please include your name and mailing address with your comments so documents pertaining to this project may be sent to you. The public meeting will be held at the Fire Management Conference Room, 6290 Ford-Wells Road, Wellpinit, Washington.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rudy Peone, 509-258-9042, extension 14.