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Federal Register Vol 75, No 219 Monday, November 15, 2010 Notices

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                                                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                  estuaryrestorationact@noaa.gov 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
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                                                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


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                                                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
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                                                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.


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                                                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
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                                                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


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                                                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.
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                                                  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




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