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« on: November 02, 2013, 02:13:10 am »

Habitat Conservation Plan for South Sacramento County, California

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of intent, request for comments, and notice of public
scoping meetings.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to
gather additional information and to prepare, in coordination with the
County of Sacramento, California, a joint environmental impact
statement and environmental impact report (EIS/ EIR) under the National
Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act
for the proposed South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). The
draft EIS/ EIR will evaluate the impacts of several alternatives
related to the proposed issuance of Endangered Species Act permits to
eight permit applicants in south Sacramento County, California. The
permit applicants intend to apply for either a 30-year or a 50-year
permit from the Service that would authorize the incidental take
resulting from implementation or approval of covered activities,
including various kinds of development projects. We also announce
public scoping meetings and the opening of a public comment period. We
request data, comments, new information, or suggestions from other
concerned governmental agencies, the scientific community, Tribes,
industry, or any other interested party.

DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by
December 19, 2013
. We will hold two public scoping meetings at
different locations in the plan area (see Public Meetings under
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for dates, times, and locations). In addition
to this notice, we will also announce the public scoping meetings in
local news media and on the Internet at http://www.fws.gov/sacramento.

ADDRESSES: Please address written comments to Nina Bicknese, Senior
Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, 2800
Cottage Way, W-2605, Sacramento, CA 95825. Alternatively, you may send
comments by facsimile to (916) 414-6713.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Thomas, Chief, Conservation
Planning Division, or Eric Tattersall,

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Deputy Assistant Field Supervisor, at the address shown above (see
ADDRESSES) or at (916) 414-6600 (telephone). If you use a
telecommunications device for the deaf, please call the Federal
Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We intend to gather additional information
and to prepare, in coordination with the County of Sacramento,
California, a joint environmental impact statement and environmental
impact report (EIS/ EIR) under the National Environmental Policy Act
and the California Environmental Quality Act for the proposed South
Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). This notice revises
information on the proposed HCP previously published on June 10, 2008
(73 FR 32729). The draft EIS/ EIR will evaluate the impacts of several
alternatives related to the proposed issuance of Endangered Species Act
permits to eight permit applicants (the County of Sacramento, City of
Elk Grove, City of Rancho Cordova, City of Galt, the Capital Southeast
Connector Joint Powers Authority, the Sacramento Regional County
Sanitation District, the Sacramento County Water Agency, and a South
Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan Joint Powers Authority) for
activities they would conduct or approve within a proposed 374,000-acre
plan area located in south Sacramento County, California.
    The permit applicants intend to apply for either a 30-year or a 50-
year permit from the Service that would authorize the incidental take
of 22 animal species. Incidental take would result from implementation
or approval of covered activities, including private development
projects, transportation facilities, surface and groundwater delivery
facilities, water treatment facilities, solid waste sanitation
facilities, public facilities, recreation facilities, energy utility
facilities, aggregate mining activities, and future preserve land-
management activities. We also announce public scoping meetings and the
opening of a public comment period. We request data, comments, new
information, or suggestions from other concerned governmental agencies,
the scientific community, Tribes, industry, or any other interested
party.
    We publish this notice in accordance with the National
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.;
NEPA), and its implementing regulations in the Code of Federal
Regulations (CFR) at 40 CFR 1500-1508, as well as in compliance with
section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.;
Act), and in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act
(CEQA). We intend to prepare a joint draft EIS/ EIR to evaluate the
impacts of several alternatives related to the potential issuance of an
incidental take permit (ITP) to the permit applicants, as well as
impacts of the implementation of the supporting proposed habitat
conservation plan (HCP).
    The permit applicants propose to prepare the South Sacramento
Habitat Conservation Plan as part of their application for an ITP under
section 10(a)(1)(B) of the Act. The proposed HCP will include measures
necessary to minimize and mitigate the impacts, to the maximum extent
practicable, of potential proposed taking of federally listed species
to be covered by the ITP, and the habitats upon which they depend. The
covered activities and projects proposed by the HCP would disturb a
maximum total of 42,243 acres within the plan area and would include
the construction of residential and commercial development projects,
improvements to existing transportation facilities, new transportation
facilities (including the proposed Capital Southeast Connector
highway), new surface water and groundwater delivery facilities, water
treatment facilities, solid waste sanitation facilities, public
facilities (including fire stations, police stations, hospitals,
schools, community centers, cemeteries, and administration centers),
indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, energy utility facilities,
aggregate mining activities, and future habitat-management activities.
    The plan area, the area in which all impacts would be evaluated and
all conservation actions will be implemented, is approximately 374,000
acres within unincorporated south Sacramento County and within the
cities of Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, and Galt. The approximate
geographical boundary of the plan area would be the area bound by U.S.
Highway 50 in the north, the San Joaquin County line to the south, the
Sacramento River levee and County Road J11 to the west, and the
Sacramento County line with El Dorado and Amador counties to the east.
The 374,000-acre plan area would include a 123,000-acre urban
development area (UDA) where most ground-disturbing development,
infrastructure activities, and projects would occur. The UDA
corresponds to land within the County's urban services boundary (USB);
and to land within the city limits of Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, and
Galt; land within Elk Grove's proposed sphere of influence; and land
within Galt's adopted sphere of influence.

For the full notice...  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-04/html/2013-26366.htm
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