Notice of Reopening of Public Comment Period--Proposed Directives
for National Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Water Quality
Protection on National Forest System (NFS) Lands
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of reopening of public comment period.
SUMMARY: The Forest Service is reopening the public comment period for
the proposed directive regarding best management practices (BMPs) for
water quality protection on National Forest System (NFS) lands for an
additional 30 days. The original notice called for comments to be
submitted by July 7, 2014.
DATES: Comments must be received, in writing, on or before August 21,
ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically by following the instructions
at the federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulation.gov
Comments may also be submitted by electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by mail to BMP Directive Comments, USDA Forest Service, Attn:
Michael Eberle--WFWARP, 201 14th St. SW., Washington, DC 20250. If
comments are submitted electronically, duplicate comments should not be
sent by mail. Please confine comments to issues pertinent to the
proposed directive, explain the reasons for any recommended changes,
and, where possible, reference the specific section and wording being
addressed. All comments, including names and addresses when provided,
will be placed in the record and will be made available to the public
for review and copying. The public may inspect the comments received on
the proposed directive at the USDA Forest Service Headquarters, located
in the Yates Federal Building at 201 14th Street SW., Washington, DC,
on regular business days between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Those wishing
to inspect the comments are encouraged to call ahead at (202) 205-1205
to facilitate entry into the building.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Eberle, Watershed, Fish,
Wildlife, Air and Rare Plants Staff at (202) 205-1093. Individuals who
use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal
Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00
p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Forest Service proposed to revise Forest
Service Manual (FSM 2500) and Handbook (FSH 2509.19) directives for
best management practices (BMPs) for water quality protection on
National Forest System (NFS) lands to establish a National system of
BMPs and associated monitoring protocols and require their use on NFS
lands in order to meet existing mandates under the Federal Water
Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 (Clean Water Act) (Pub. L. 92-
500) and corresponding State laws. To provide the public the
opportunity to review and comment on these proposed directives, the
Agency initiated a 60-day comment period which closed on July 7, 2014.
The Agency has decided to reopen the comment period for an additional
30 days to provide an opportunity to gather additional public input to
inform the final directives for National Best Management Practices
(BMPs) for Water Quality Protection on National Forest System (NFS)
Dated: July 15, 2014.
Thomas L. Tidwell,
Chief, U.S. Forest Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-17163 Filed 7-21-14; 8:45 am]
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