[Federal Register: July 17, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 136)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Park Service
Resource Protection Study, Draft Environmental Impact Statement,
Curecanti National Recreation Area, CO
AGENCY: National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
ACTION: Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) for the Resource Protection Study (RPS), Curecanti
National Recreation Area.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42
U.S.C. 4332(2)(C), the National Park Service announces the availability
of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Resource Protection
Study for Curecanti National Recreation Area, Colorado.
Under Alternative 1, the No Action Alternative, NPS would continue
to manage the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of
Curecanti National Recreation Area (NRA), and associated facilities,
pursuant to Reclamation law, NPS law, the 1965 Memorandum of Agreement
between NPS and Reclamation (1965 MOA), and other applicable laws and
regulations. Reclamation would continue to mange the three dams and
reservoirs, power plants, access roads, and other related facilities,
to meet the purposes of the Colorado River Storage Project Act (CRSP);
and the East Portal area to meet the purposes of the Uncompahgre
Project; pursuant to Reclamation law, the 1965 MOA, and other
applicable laws and regulations. There would be no significant change
in the NRA boundary. However, a permanent NPS presence would not be
assured under this alternative.
Under Alternative 2, the Proposed Action, NPS would manage the same
natural, cultural, and recreational resources and facilities as
Alternative 1, pursuant to Reclamation law, NPS law, including new
legislation establishing the NRA with 10,040 acres of additional
agreed-upon neighboring agency lands, a revised MOA with Reclamation,
and other applicable laws and regulations. Reclamation would manage
their same facilities as Alternative 1, pursuant to Reclamation law,
the revised MOA, and other applicable laws and regulations. NPS would
be authorized to work in partnership with private landowners within a
Conservation Opportunity Area of 24,300 acres outside the NRA boundary,
to implement a variety of tools, including acquiring interests in land
from willing landowners, which would promote the long-term conservation
of resources. A permanent NPS presence would be assured under this
alternative, which is also the environmentally preferred alternative.
DATES: The National Park Service will accept comments on the Draft
Environmental Impact Statement from the public. Comments will be
accepted for 90 days from the date the
Environmental Protection Agency publishes the Notice of Availability.
No public meetings are scheduled at this time. However, public meetings
will be scheduled in the future, and will be advertised by newsletters
and news media in the local areas of Gunnison and Montrose Counties,
Colorado, and on the project's Web site, described below.
ADDRESSES: The entire Draft RPS/EIS, and a Summary Document will be
available for public review and comment on the project's Web site,
described below; and at the following locations in Colorado: (A)
Curecanti NRA, 102 Elk Creek, Gunnison, CO 81230, telephone: (970) 641-
2337; (B) Montrose Public Lands Center, 2505 South Townsend Avenue,
Montrose, CO 81401, telephone (970) 240-5300; (C) Gunnison Public
Library; (D) Montrose Public Library; (E) Hotchkiss Public Library; (F)
Delta Public Library; and (G) Grand Junction Public Library.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: (A) Dave Roberts, Management
Assistant, telephone: (970) 240-5432 (Montrose, CO); (B) Connie Rudd,
Superintendent, telephone: (970) 641-2337 x. 220 (Gunnison, CO); or (C)
Jeff Heywood, Project Leader, telephone: (303) 969-2835 (Lakewood, CO).
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: If you wish to comment, you may do so via
the Internet at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov
. (Under ``Choose a Park,''
select Curecanti NRA, and click on ``GO''; then click on ``Curecanti
National Recreation Area Resource Protection Study''; then in the left
column, click on ``Open for Public Comment''; then follow the
directions for entering comments.) Or you may mail comments to:
Curecanti Resource Projection Study Comments, Attn: Dave Roberts, 2465
South Townsend Avenue, Montrose, CO 81401. If you submit comments via
the Internet, you should receive electronic confirmation. If not,
contact Dave Roberts at (970) 240-5432. Before including your address,
phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information
in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--
including your personal identifying information--may be made publicly
available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold
your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot
guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Dated: May 17, 2007.
Michael D. Snyder,
Director, Intermountain Region, National Park Service.
[FR Doc. 07-3487 Filed 7-16-07; 8:45 am]
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