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April 23, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 79)]
Trinity River Fishery Restoration Program, Weaverville, CA
AGENCIES: Bureau of Reclamation and Fish and Wildlife Service,
ACTION: Notice of availability of the Draft Supplemental Environmental
Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Draft SEIS/EIR) and
notice of public hearings.
SUMMARY: The Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, Hoopa
Valley Tribe (Tribe) and Trinity County (County) have made available
for public review and comment the Draft SEIS/EIR for the Trinity River
Fishery Restoration Program (Program).
A final environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Program was
issued in November 2000, and a Record of Decision (ROD) executed on
December 19, 2000. Central Valley water and power interests filed suit
in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
seeking to enjoin implementation of the ROD. On March 22, 2001, the
district court issued a Memorandum Decision and Order preliminarily
enjoining the Federal defendants from implementing certain flow related
aspects of the ROD. In its Memorandum Decision and Order the court
found that the effects of reasonable and prudent measures in the two
biological opinions, as well as the effects on power in light of the
California energy crisis were not adequately analyzed in the EIS. This
Draft SEIS/EIR addresses the court's concerns and updates alternatives.
The purpose for the project alternatives outlined in the October
2000 EIS/EIR was as follows: to restore and maintain the natural
production of anadromous fish on the Trinity River mainstem downstream
of Lewiston Dam. The purpose of the Draft SEIS/EIR has been amended,
consistent with court orders on the Program. The revised purpose for
the alternatives discussed in the Draft SEIS/EIR is as follows: to
restore and maintain the natural production of anadromous fish in the
Trinity River basin downstream of Lewiston Dam and to meet the U.S.
Government's tribal trust obligations. Secondary consideration is given
to: (a) Meeting the Trinity Basin fishery and wildlife restoration
goals of the Act of October 24, 1984, Public Law 98-541, and (b)
achieving a reasonable balance among competing demands for use of
Central Valley Project (CVP) water, including the requirements of fish
and wildlife, agricultural, municipal and industrial, and power
DATES: Submit written comments on the Draft SEIS/EIR on or before June
22, 2004, at the address provided below. Two public hearings have been
scheduled to receive oral or written comments regarding the project's
ADDRESSES: The public hearings will be held at the following locations:
Written comments on the Draft SEIS/EIR should be sent to Mr.
Russell Smith, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 723, Shasta, CA 96087;
telephone: 530-275-1554; fax 530-275-2441.
Copies of the Draft SEIS/EIR (but not the previous EIS/EIR) may be
requested from Mr. Smith at the above address or by calling 530-275-
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Russell Smith, Bureau of
Reclamation, P.O. Box 723, Shasta, CA 96087; telephone: 530-275-1554;
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