69622 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 219 / Monday, November 15, 2010 / Notices Norton Way (2 acres), Perimeter Road 11711 Arrow Route, Rancho Cucamonga comments on the draft revision of the (33 acres), Mill Street (19 acres), Central (San Bernardino County); and Proposed ‘‘Estuary Habitat Restoration Strategy.’’ Avenue (32 acres), and 300 South Site 23 (15.7 acres)—Forged Metals Inc., DATES: Comments and information must Tippecanoe Avenue at East Mill Street 10685 Beech Avenue, Fontana (San be received by January 14, 2011. (88 acres); Site 5 (5 acres)—10501– Bernardino County). Because the ASF ADDRESSES: Send comments to Estuary 10509 E. Valley Blvd. at Pacific Place, only pertains to establishing or Habitat Restoration Strategy, NOAA El Monte; Site 6 (50 acres)—1875 West reorganizing a general-purpose zone, the Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Mission Boulevard, Pomona; Site 7 application would have no impact on Highway, Room 14730, Silver Spring, (1 acre)—301 San Marino Avenue, FTZ 50’s authorized subzones. MD 20910. Electronic comments may be between Broadway and Clary Avenues, In accordance with the Board’s submitted by e-mail to San Gabriel; Site 8 (4 acres)—22941 regulations, Christopher Kemp of the firstname.lastname@example.org or via South Wilmington Avenue, Carson; Site FTZ Staff is designated examiner to an online form at http://www.era. 9 (30 acres)—2560 East Philadelphia evaluate and analyze the facts and noaa.gov. NOAA is not responsible for Street, Ontario; Site 10 (48 acres)— information presented in the application e-mail comments sent to addresses other within Ontario Ridge Commerce Center and case record and to report findings than the one provided here. Comments at 3655 East Philadelphia Street, 2055 and recommendations to the Board. should be in one of the following South Haven Street and 3625 East Public comment is invited from formats: Word or Word Perfect. The Philadelphia Street, Ontario; Site 11 interested parties. Submissions (original subject line for submission of comments (33 acres)—4100 E. Mission Boulevard, and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the should begin with ‘‘Estuary Habitat Ontario; Site 12 (32 acres)—1661 and Board’s Executive Secretary at the Restoration Strategy comments from 1777 S. Vintage Ave. and 1670 address below. The closing period for [insert name of agency, organization, or Champagne Ave., Ontario; Site 13 their receipt is January 14, 2011. individual].’’ Comments sent via e-mail, (7 acres)—2530 S. Birch Street, Santa Rebuttal comments in response to including all attachments, must not Ana; Site 14 (7 acres)—3000 and 31000 material submitted during the foregoing exceed a 10-megabyte file size. Segerstrom Avenue, Santa Ana; Site 15 period may be submitted during the All comments received are a part of (9 acres)—2900 and 2930 South Fairviw subsequent 15-day period to January 29, the public record and may be posted to Street, Santa Ana; Site 16 (1 acre)—3630 2011. http://www.era.noaa.gov without West Garry Avenue, Santa Ana; Site 17 A copy of the application will be change. All Personal Identifying (6 acres)—1101 W. McKinley Avenue available for public inspection at the Information (for example, name, (buildings 4, 5, 7, 8, & 22), Pomona; and, Office of the Executive Secretary, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by Site 18 (2 acres)—Santa Ana and Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 2111, the commenter may be publicly Junipero Serra Streets, San Gabriel. U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 accessible. Do not submit Confidential The grantee’s proposed service area Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, Business Information or otherwise under the ASF would include all of DC 20230–0002, and in the ‘‘Reading sensitive or protected information. A Orange County and portions of Los Room’’ section of the Board’s Web site, copy of the current strategy and Angeles County and San Bernardino which is accessible via http:// authorizing legislation may be obtained County, California, as described in the www.trade.gov/ftz. For further by writing to the address specified application. If approved, the grantee information, contact Christopher Kemp above, telephoning the contact listed would be able to serve sites throughout at Christopher.Kemp@trade.gov or below (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION the service area based on companies’ CONTACT), or visiting the Internet at: (202) 482–0862. needs for FTZ designation. The http://www.era.noaa.gov or http:// proposed service area is within and Dated: November 8, 2010. Andrew McGilvray, www.usace.army.mil/CECW/ERA/ adjacent to the Los Angeles/Long Beach Pages/home.aspx. Customs and Border Protection port of Executive Secretary. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: entry. [FR Doc. 2010–28675 Filed 11–12–10; 8:45 am] The applicant is requesting authority Jenni Wallace, NOAA Fisheries Service, BILLING CODE P to reorganize its existing zone project to Silver Spring, MD, 301–713–0174. include fourteen of the existing sites as SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The ‘‘magnet’’ sites (sites 1–8, 10, 14–18) and DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Estuary Restoration Act of 2000, title I four of the existing sites as ‘‘usage- of Public Law 106–457 as amended by driven’’ sites (sites 9, 11–13). The ASF National Oceanic and Atmospheric Section 5017 of the Water Resources allows for the possible exemption of one Administration Development Act of 2007, Public Law magnet site from the ‘‘sunset’’ time limits 110–114 (hereinafter referred to as ‘‘the RIN 0648–XA024 Act’’), has four purposes: (1) Promotion that generally apply to sites under the ASF, and the applicant proposes that of estuary habitat restoration through a Request for Comments on the Draft Site 2 be so exempted. The applicant is coordinated Federal approach relying Revision of the Estuary Habitat also requesting to expand the zone to on common standards for monitoring Restoration Strategy Prepared by the include the following initial ‘‘usage- and a common system for tracking Estuary Habitat Restoration Council driven’’ sites: Proposed Site 19 (22.09 restored acreage; (2) Development of a acres)—VF Outdoor, Inc., 15614–15620 AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries national strategy for creating and and 15700 Shoemaker Avenue, Santa Fe Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and maintaining effective estuary habitat srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Springs (Los Angeles County); Proposed Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), restoration partnerships among public Site 20 (22.32 acres)—Liberty Hardware, Commerce. agencies as well as through public- 5555 Jurupa Street, Ontario (San ACTION: Notice; request for comments. private partnerships; (3) Provision of Bernardino County); Proposed Site 21 Federal assistance through cooperative (45.91 acres)—Tireco, Inc., 10545 SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and agreements for efficient financing of Production Avenue, Fontana (San Atmospheric Administration, on behalf estuary habitat restoration projects; and Bernardino County); Proposed Site 22 of the interagency Estuary Habitat (4) Development and enhancement of (17.8 acres)—Schlosser Forge Company, Restoration Council, is soliciting monitoring and research capabilities to VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:04 Nov 12, 2010 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\15NON1.SGM 15NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 219 / Monday, November 15, 2010 / Notices 69623 ensure that estuary habitat restoration actions from the 2002 Strategy and Consistent with 2002 Strategy, much efforts are based on sound scientific discusses how the Council will build on of the Council’s work has involved understanding and innovative these accomplishments in the future. soliciting and funding on-the-ground technologies. In order to develop the draft revised habitat restoration projects. The Council The Estuary Habitat Restoration Strategy, information was gathered from has also been actively engaged in Council, consisting of representatives the five Federal agencies involved with developing mechanisms that track from the Department of the Army, the Act. In accordance with Section estuary habitat restoration activities National Oceanic and Atmospheric 105(i) of the Act, the Council consulted throughout the country and improve Administration, Environmental with external stakeholders to obtain monitoring and research capabilities to Protection Agency, United States Fish their advice. A stakeholder workshop ensure that estuary habitat restoration and Wildlife Service, and Department of was held in June 2010 and a request for efforts are based on sound scientific Agriculture, was established to oversee public comments to guide the strategy understanding and innovative implementation of the Act. revision process was published in the technologies. The Council was charged, among Federal Register on June 21, 2010 (75 This revised Strategy enhances the other things, with developing an estuary FR 34975). The public comment period Council’s role in estuary habitat habitat restoration strategy designed to was open for 30 days. Stakeholders were restoration, and establishes a focus that ensure a comprehensive approach to asked to provide their opinions about will maximize benefits to our Nation’s maximize benefits and foster the direction of the Act and how the estuaries. Based upon stakeholder coordination of Federal and non-Federal program can best work with Federal and feedback, and in alignment with the activities. Mandatory elements of the non-Federal partners to achieve shared Administration’s National Ocean Policy, strategy are set forth in section 106(d) of goals. the Council will direct resources toward the Act. The Council is also responsible During this stakeholder process, a restoration projects (and their for soliciting, reviewing and evaluating variety of gaps were identified that the monitoring) that will be able to adapt to project proposals, and submitting a list Council could direct resources to fill. the stressors associated with climate of recommended proposals to the However, two issues—climate change change. The Council will use climate Secretary of the Army with adaptation and socio-economic adaptation as a priority-setting tool, recommendations on project priority for monitoring—were repeatedly raised. while still addressing the other funding and implementation. All The Council addresses both of these objectives and principles of the Strategy projects selected for implementation issues in the draft revised Strategy. and Act. must be consistent with the Strategy. In December 2002 the Estuary Habitat Draft Revised Estuary Habitat Vision Statement Restoration Council published the Final Restoration Strategy The primary objectives of this strategy Estuary Habitat Restoration Strategy (67 Introduction are to: (1) Restore estuarine habitats in FR 71942). Section 106(f) of the Act a manner that allows for adaptation to authorizes the Council to periodically The Estuary Restoration Act (title I of stressors associated with climate review and update the estuary habitat Pub. L. 106–457) (Act) was created in change, (2) build conservation restoration strategy. The Council has 2000 to establish a collaborative process partnerships, (3) provide incentives to drafted a revised Strategy. The intent of among Federal agencies for addressing partners to develop innovative this notice is to obtain comments on the the pressures facing our Nation’s restoration technology and (4) enhance draft revised strategy prepared by the estuaries. In 2007, the Act was amended monitoring capabilities. Estuary Habitat Restoration Council in by Section 5017 of the Water Resources accordance with the requirements of Development Act (Pub. L. 110–114). As Overarching Principles of the Estuary Section 106(e)–(f) of the Act. After part of the Act, an inter-agency Estuary Restoration Act Strategy reviewing public comments on the draft, Habitat Restoration Council (Council) The Council recognizes three the Council intends to publish the was established to encourage the overarching principles to efficiently adopted revised version of the Estuary restoration of estuary habitat through implement the Act and to contribute to Habitat Restoration Strategy in early more efficient project financing and estuary habitat restoration efforts on a 2011. enhanced coordination of Federal and national scale. These principles include: The 2002 Strategy was broader than non-Federal restoration programs, and supporting existing Federal programs site-specific restoration, and encouraged for other purposes. The Council is also and fostering partnerships between the Council to develop a comprehensive responsible for developing and revising Federal and non-Federal partners; approach to maximize coordination of from time-to-time an Estuary Habitat working at an ecosystem level; and ongoing Federal and non-Federal Restoration Strategy (Strategy) in working within existing regional estuary habitat restoration activities accordance with Section 106 of the Act. governance structures and voluntary throughout the country. There are many This Strategy revises and supersedes the conservation frameworks actively elements from the 2002 Strategy that Final Estuary Habitat Restoration engaged in estuary habitat restoration continue to be relevant to the Council’s Strategy originally published in 2002 issues and supporting the efforts to effectively restore estuary (67 FR 71942). The Council consists of Administration’s National Ocean Policy. restoration habitat. However, the 2002 representatives from the Department of To support this Strategy’s identified Strategy contained some goals that, the Army—U.S. Army Corps of focus these three principles will be while worthwhile, were not achievable Engineers (USACE), Department of viewed through the lens of climate srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES due to staffing and funding constraints. Commerce—National Oceanic and change adaptation. The draft revised strategy, therefore, Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), focuses the Council’s limited funding the Environmental Protection Agency, Public/Private Partnerships and resources on more attainable and the Department of the Interior—United To efficiently restore and preserve our realistic goals and identifies gaps that States Fish and Wildlife Service Nation’s estuarine habitat it is essential are not currently being filled by other (USFWS), and the Department of to enhance partnerships among Federal programs. In addition, the Agriculture—Natural Resources government agencies, non-governmental revised strategy identifies completed Conservation Service (NRCS). entities, and private individuals. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:04 Nov 12, 2010 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\15NON1.SGM 15NON1 69624 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 219 / Monday, November 15, 2010 / Notices Integrating with public-private to foster cooperation between The Council particularly encourages partnerships is a central theme of the government agencies at the Federal, the use of existing partnerships and Act and a critical part of this Strategy. State, and local levels, and that project planning entities to carry out this Currently, hundreds of existing public/ proponents seeking funding from the Strategy, including the regional ocean private partnerships direct significant Act collaborate on the ground with any governance structures. portions of their resources to the existing local governance structures. In Support Innovative Restoration restoration of estuarine habitat addition, the Council will reach out to Technology throughout the United States. In non-ERA Federal agencies to encourage addition, many of these ecosystem level collaboration and support of the goals of The Act provides a financial incentive partnerships currently incorporate the Act. for the use of innovative technology or climate change adaptation components This coordination is in accordance approaches by increasing the Federal into their own ongoing activities. with the Act and complements the share of the cost for the incremental Although too numerous to list, a few Administration’s National Ocean Policy, increase in project cost due to the use examples include the National Fish which includes a set of overarching of innovative technology. The Council Habitat Action Plan, National Waterfowl guiding principles for management encourages project planners to develop Management Plan Joint Ventures, the innovative technology as they design decisions and actions. The Council National Estuary Program, the National restoration projects. Additionally, recognizes that the principles and Estuarine Research Reserve System, and project planners are encouraged to objectives of this Strategy will aid the Fish and Wildlife Service Landscape develop unique and innovative National Ocean Council in Conservation Cooperatives, as well as technologies that are designed with implementation of the Policy and many projects implemented by both the climate change adaption in mind. The Implementation Strategy. In particular, NRCS and USACE and their partners. Council recognizes that there is less risk this Strategy supports Priority Objective To maximize public-private involved when funding restoration 5: Resiliency and Adaptation to Climate partnerships, the Council will prioritize projects that utilize familiar techniques, Change and Ocean Acidification and funding to projects that collaborate since there is a higher degree of Priority Objective 6: Regional Ecosystem certainty that the project will result in among public agencies and private Protection and Restoration. organizations during the the desired outcomes. However, the Act implementation of estuary restoration Objectives of the Estuary Restoration emphasizes the need to support projects projects. Act Strategy that utilize innovative technology and, therefore, the Council will prioritize Ecosystem Level Approach The following paragraphs describe the projects that propose untested This Strategy recognizes that objectives of this Strategy. techniques that appear to be based on successful estuary restoration projects Restore Estuarine Habitats in a Manner scientifically-sound assumptions. The with multiple goals will improve That Allows for Adaptation to Stressors Council will consider technology ecosystem function. In its review of Associated With Climate Change ‘‘innovative’’ if it involves a new project proposals, the Council will process, technique, or material or uses support projects developed in an Coastal and marine habitats are existing processes, techniques, or ecosystem context with multiple already experiencing effects of climate materials in a new application or habitat benefits and those that utilize natural change and will continue to be among type. processes to restore and maintain the first and most obvious areas to suffer estuary habitat. Restoration projects damage as changes continue to occur. Enhance Monitoring Capabilities should be designed using an ecosystem The Council recognizes that by Monitoring is important for a number or watershed approach to establish a increasing and protecting the amount of of reasons. It allows practitioners to self-sustaining area that provides the available habitat, restoration projects track success and determine which structure and function necessary to will account for many environmental methodologies are successful, which are support the many interrelated physical, stressors on estuarine species and most cost effective, when adaptive biological, and chemical components of increase the habitats’ ability to adapt to management is required and when more healthy estuarine habitats. changing climate conditions. Examples information is required prior to could include projects that increase the implementing restoration. By closely Regional Ocean Governance and amount of available salt marsh habitat to tracking progress at the project level, National Ocean Policy buffer against sea level rise or a fish restoration practitioners and The Act encourages coordination passage barrier removal project that policymakers can determine whether among all levels of government in order increases available cool water habitat individual projects contribute to to address issues of estuarine habitat that will benefit anadromous fish. meeting the goals of estuary and loss and degradation. The Council regional restoration plans, and tally Build Conservation Partnerships recognizes that there are a variety of habitat acreage restored at a national regional governance structures whose In order to maximize public-private scale. efforts contribute significantly to estuary partnerships, the Council encourages The Act recognizes the importance of restoration, including the Gulf of collaboration among public agencies, monitoring to the success of any Mexico Alliance, Northeast Regional private organizations, companies, and estuarine restoration program. It Ocean Council, West Coast Governor’s individuals (e.g., private landowners, requires NOAA, in consultation with srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Agreement on Ocean Health, Mid- hunters, birders, and fishermen) in the Council, to establish monitoring Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean, restoration efforts. This connectivity requirements for projects funded under and the South Atlantic Alliance. There encourages private organizations, the Act. Those standards may be found are many existing Federal programs companies, landowners and others to at: http://www.era.noaa.gov/ actively involved in the protection, bring their resources (financial or in- information/monitor.html. They are restoration and science of estuaries that kind) to the table to assist in planning based on NOAA’s two-volume Science- work with the regional governance and implementing successful restoration Based Restoration Monitoring of Coastal structures. It is the goal of the Council projects. Habitats, which provides standard data VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:04 Nov 12, 2010 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\15NON1.SGM 15NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 219 / Monday, November 15, 2010 / Notices 69625 formats for project monitoring, along South Slough, OR) for this work. Project efficient restoration program. Trends with requirements for types of data goals included: Establish reference data provide a chronological and collected and frequency of monitoring. transects for measuring vegetation, geographic picture of change in habitat The first volume (A Framework for groundwater/tidal inundation, soil and types, thereby helping managers to Monitoring Plans Under the Estuaries pore water properties; monitor reference recognize ecological stability or stress. and Clean Water Act of 2000) contains and restoration sites to determine Under the auspices of the Act, two a framework for the creation of a restoration ‘‘success’’ at individual sites; determine restoration technique documents that measure estuarine monitoring plan. The second volume (Tools for Monitoring Coastal Habitats) effectiveness; and assess best habitat within the U.S. have been contains detailed discussions of the monitoring parameters to determine finalized in order to address the habitats and their characteristics, along success. In 2011 a final report will estimated historic losses, estimated with a variety of additional information. articulate outcomes including reference current rate of loss, and extent of the These documents are available at the site data that can be used by other threat of future loss or degradation of URL listed above. restoration practitioners and an analysis each type of estuary habitat. The ‘‘Status The Council will continue to promote of the success of past salt marsh and Trends of Wetlands in the Coastal monitoring of estuarine restoration restoration projects. Watersheds of the Eastern United States, projects with other agencies and when 1998 to 2004’’ (http://www.fws.gov/ Socio-Economic Monitoring considering funding projects. In wetlands/_documents/gSandT/National addition, the Council will prioritize Building on previous socio-economic Reports/StatusTrendsWetlandsCoastal projects with monitoring plans that efforts, NOAA has funded an external WatershedsEasternUS1998to2004.pdf) measure the effectiveness of the climate panel and three case studies to help was completed in 2008. In this change adaptation components of the determine the value and impact of document, NOAA and USFWS analyzed project design. Project monitoring, coastal habitat restoration. These studies sample plots using digital high- however, must be scaled to the project’s will produce the best methods and resolution imagery to identify wetlands scope, and level of risk. metrics to use in measuring the and land use changes between 1998 and economics of restoration. NOAA, on Mechanisms To Support the Estuary 2004 in the coastal watersheds of the behalf of the ERA, will continue to fund Restoration Act Strategy United States adjacent to the Atlantic socio-economic monitoring studies to help NOAA, the four other ERA Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Great Lakes. Solicitation Process The ‘‘Habitat Change Analysis’’ (http:// agencies, and our restoration partners The solicitation for estuarine habitat consider systematic approaches for the www.era.noaa.gov/pdfs/final_habitat_ restoration projects incorporates collection of data to measure and trends_report.pdf) was completed in elements that must be considered as monitor the economic outcomes of 2005. This document assesses the described in Section 104(c) of the Act, habitat restoration in the coastal zone. overall conditions of historic and recent where the Council determines which degradation and loss of estuary- projects to recommend for funding. National Estuaries Restoration associated ecosystems and focuses on Other elements within the solicitation Inventory the extent and condition of estuarine include an equitable geographic As required by the Act NOAA, in and Great Lakes wetlands in the distribution of projects, a balance of consultation with the Council, continental United States, using two large and small projects, and developed the National Estuaries time frames, 1930–2004 and 1992–2004. encouragement of demonstration of Restoration Inventory (NERI) (https:// innovative technology. The solicitation neri.noaa.gov/neri/), which maintains a Moving Forward for estuarine habitat restoration project database of information concerning Working with public/private partners proposals will describe more estuarine habitat restoration projects and other interested stakeholders, the specifically the criteria that the Council carried out under the Act, as well as for Council will review and refine this will use to prioritize climate change other projects that meet the minimum Strategy over time in an iterative adaptation projects, as well as other monitoring requirements. The inventory process, as new information becomes ranking criteria. contains information on project techniques, project completion, available, as implementation of the Efficient Project Financing and National Ocean Policy is initiated, and monitoring data, and other relevant Implementation as progress toward meeting the goals of information. This database is Internet- As part of the Estuary Restoration Act, accessible to allow widespread the Act is evaluated. The Council will the Council was established to dissemination and use of restoration create an Action Plan that will articulate encourage the restoration of estuary project and monitoring data. The goal is what it will do to move forward on the habitat through more efficient project to incorporate information on estuarine principles and objectives identified in financing and implementation. The projects from multiple sources. NOAA this Strategy. The Council looks forward Council and its partners are developing will continue to work to incorporate to addressing the challenges facing processes to improve the efficiency at estuarine restoration data from all the estuarine habitat restoration and serving which the projects are implemented. agencies represented on the Council, as an effective vehicle through which including EPA’s National Estuary five Federal agencies can cooperatively Science of Restoration Monitoring Program On-line Reporting Tool direct their resources. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES In 2008 NOAA entered into a (NEPORT), the FWS Habitat Information Dated: November 8, 2010. partnership with the National Estuarine Tracking System (HabITS), and the Research Reserve Program to estimate Samuel D. Rauch III, Corps’ Civil Works Aquatic Ecosystem the long-term success of restoration Restoration database. Deputy Assistant Administrator for techniques. Grants were awarded to five Regulatory Programs, National Marine National Estuarine Research Reserves Trends Fisheries Service. (Wells, ME; Narragansett Bay, RI; Understanding trends for estuarine [FR Doc. 2010–28696 Filed 11–12–10; 8:45 am] Chesapeake Bay, VA; North Carolina; habitat is key to an effective and BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:04 Nov 12, 2010 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\15NON1.SGM 15NON1
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