Environmental Compliance Notices
Documents posted here are Public Notices and Notices of Availability related to the potential environmental impacts of NRCS federal actions in California. The NRCS publishes these environmental documents pursuant to Section 102[c] of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Council on Environmental Quality [40 CFR Part 1500], and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Regulations [7 CFR Part 650].
For additional information regarding these notices contact Jennifer Cavanaugh, Environmental Compliance Coordinator, Jennifer.Cavanaugh@usda.gov, (530) 792-5632.
List of Notices
Palo Verde Valley Sub Watershed, Imperial Reservoir Watershed, Riverside and Imperial Counties, California
AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service
ACTION: Scoping Meeting Notice – Watershed Plan and Environmental Document
SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Guidelines (40CFR Part 1500); and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Guidelines (7 CFR Part 650); the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental document is being prepared for the City of Blythe – Palo Verde Valley Sub Watershed, located within the Imperial Reservoir Watershed, Riverside and Imperial Counties, California.
DATE: The meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Pacific Time.
ADDRESS: The meeting will be held at the Palo Verde Irrigation District (PVID) Board Room, 180 W 14th Ave, Blythe, CA.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) representatives at the following address: NRCS Office, 200 E Murphy Street, Rm 102, Re: C28 Canal Improvement Project, Blythe, CA 92225; or (530) 792-5642 (Attn: C28 Canal Improvement Project).
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: It is anticipated that the preparation and review of an environmental assessment is needed for this project. The environmental assessment of this federally-assisted action will determine if the project may cause significant local, regional, or national impacts on the environment.
The project concerns infrastructure improvements along the existing C28 irrigation canal system to improve agricultural water use and management, improve drought resilience, increase water accounting, and conserve water in support of water conservation efforts in the Colorado River Basin and Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan. Alternatives under consideration to reach these objectives include the “no action” scenario, in which the infrastructure improvements are not made.
The NRCS invites participation and consultation of agencies and individuals that have special expertise, legal jurisdiction, or interest in the preparation of the draft environmental assessment. Comments received within 30 days of the scoping meeting at the above Blythe NRCS address or emailed to commentsCAwatersheds@usda.gov or by phone and voicemail to (530) 792-5642 (Attn: C28 Canal Improvement Project); will be considered as part of the public record on this proposed action. Further information on the proposed action and the scoping meeting may be obtained from NRCS representatives at the above address, email address or phone number.
Donald Veverka, Acting District Conservationist, Donald.email@example.com
National Resources Conservation Service, Blythe Field Office, September 20, 2023
(This activity is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under No. 10.904, - Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention – and is subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials.)
Notice of Availability to Adopt the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Upper Llagas Creek Flood Protection Project, Santa Clara County, California
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) California State Office announces its intent to adopt an FEIS for the Upper Llagas Creek Flood Protection Project. The EIS, Proposed Upper Llagas Creek Flood Protection Project in Santa Clara County, California, was prepared by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as the lead federal agency and published in the Federal Register December 7, 2018 (83FR63161). NRCS was not a cooperating agency to the EIS but has been requested to provide financial assistance to implement a portion of the actions evaluated in the USACE’s FEIS. The same reaches requested for financial assistance also fall under the NRCS Llagas Creek Watershed Project (LCWP) which was originally authorized in 1968 with an EIS completed by NRCS in 1982. The proposed federal action is the same as the selected alternative in the USACE FEIS including only minimal changes to construction materials. The adoption of the USACE EIS reaffirms feasibility that the original 1968 LCWP has not changed in scope within the benefited areas and economic considerations remain the same. NRCS has determined that circumstances in the federal action area have not changed since the publication of the FEIS and is accepting comments relative to the Proposed Action from all interested individuals, Federal and State Agencies, and Tribes.
DATES: Comment date: NRCS will consider comments that we receive up to 30 days after date of publication of the EPA's Notice of Availability in the Federal Register. Comments received after 30 days on the Federal Register will be considered to the extent possible.
ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments in response to this notice. You may submit your comments through one of the methods below:
Mail or Hand Delivery: Mr. Ernesto De La Riva, USDA-NRCS, 430 G Street, Davis, CA 95616; or
For written comments, specify the comments are for the Upper Llagas Notice. A copy of the USACE Final Environmental Impact Statement can be accessed here: Upper Llagas FEIS.
Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment, Black Rascal Creek Watershed Flood Control and Flood Safety Project Merced County, California
- The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) California State Office has prepared an Environmental Assessment for the Black Rascal Creek Watershed Flood Control and Flood Safety Project, which is located approximately 120 miles southeast of Sacramento in the proximity of Merced, California. NRCS is requesting comments to identify significant issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EA from all interested individuals, Tribes, and Federal, State and local Agencies and jurisdictions. Dates: We will consider comments that we receive within 30 days after date of publication of this notice in the Merced Sun Star newspaper, and on the Merced County Public Works Department website. Comments received after 30 days will be considered to the extent possible. Publication Date: 06/28/2023.
Public Notice Announcing Scoping Meeting Tulelake Irrigation District Infrastructure Improvements
- The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) in California, with assistance from Farmers Conservation Alliance and in cooperation with the Tulelake Irrigation District as the project sponsor, is considering improvements to aging irrigation, drainage, conveyance, and control infrastructure utilized or operated by Tulelake Irrigation District to manage water. Improvements under consideration may be partially funded through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954 (PL 83-566) and will address improving Agricultural Water Management by improving water management operations, increasing energy efficiency on District infrastructure, and conserving water along District infrastructure.
The proposed project is in Modoc and Siskiyou counties, California and Klamath County, Oregon. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations at 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508 require an evaluation of potential environmental impacts associated with federal projects and actions with input from the public. You are invited to attend a public scoping open house where your input is requested. The range of resource issues and conceptual alternatives addressing system improvements to Tulelake Irrigation District will be presented and discussed.
Public Scoping Open House, Date: February 8, 2023, Time: 1:00 P.M. Location: UC Davis Intermountain Research and Extension Center (2816 Havlina Rd., Tulelake, CA 96134)f. The meeting will be recorded and posted to https://tulelakewatershedplan.com afterward. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to Aliza McHugh, (541) 716-6085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments may be submitted during the public scoping period starting January 24, 2023 and ending on March 8, 2023. Comments may be emailed to email@example.com, submitted online at https://tulelakewatershedplan.com, voicemail at Farmers Conservation Alliance’s office number (541) 716-6085 or mailed to: Farmers Conservation Alliance, Tulelake Watershed Plan, 102 State Street, Hood River, OR 97031. Additional information is available online at https://tulelakewatershedplan.com.
Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the McGriff Lakes-Sutter Basin Watershed Flood Control and Flood Safety Project Sutter County, California
- The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) California State Office announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the McGriff Lakes—Sutter Basin Watershed Flood Control and Flood Safety Project, which is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Sacramento in the proximity of Knights Landing, California. NRCS is requesting comments to identify significant issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIS from all interested individuals, Tribes, and Federal, State and local Agencies and jurisdictions. Dates: We will consider comments that we receive within 30 days after date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Comments received after 30 days will be considered to the extent possible. Publication Date: 12/14/2022. Listing on the Federal Register.
Request for Permission to Alter a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Under Section 408
- Merced County Black Rascal Creek Basin Detention Basin (19643) Public Notice Comment Period: Begins: December 6, 2022, Ends: January 4, 2023.
In compliance with U.S.C, Title 33, Chapter 9, Subchapter 1, Section 408, Merced County (requester) has requested permission through the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB; non-federal sponsor of the federally authorized project) from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to alter the Merced County Stream Group, an existing federal flood risk management project, authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1917.
John Schoonover | Jacobs | Manager of Projects
(530) 229-3305 or (530) 921-0742, John.Schoonover@jacobs.com
July 7, 2022 - Public Comments Meeting for the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Salton Sea Management Program 10-Year Plan
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has prepared the Draft Environmental Assessment to analyze and disclose the effects of implementing the Salton Sea Management Program. Stakeholders are invited to provide official comments that will help shape which projects are implemented, what community amenities are included, how potential environmental effects are addressed, and proposed alternatives. Join Zoom for the Public comments meeting for the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Salton Sea Management Program 10-Year Plan. Start: Thu 7 Jul 2022, 1:00 PM End: Thu 7 Jul 2022, 3:00 PM
July 2, 2020 – Tulare County Public Scoping Meeting, Lower Deer Creek Watershed Plan
- Lower Deer Creek Public Meeting Announcement
Explanation: Thursday, July 16, 2020 - Pixley Irrigation District to host public meeting regarding the watershed plan, environmental assessment and Initial Study for the Lower Deer Creek Watershed. Opportunity to participate in-person as well as a livestream online via Microsoft Zoom.
Oct. 4, 2018 - Kings County Easement Boundary Modification, Nederend Property Wetland Reserve Program (WRP)
Feb. 24, 2017 - San Joaquin County Easement Boundary Modification, Empire Island Farming Company, LLC