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Comments previously submitted on the proposed rule or draft EA need not be resubmitted as they have been incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule and final environmental assessment.
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We propose to reestablish the Rio Grande silvery minnow under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), and to classify it as a nonessential experimental population (NEP) (72 FR 50918). On the Rio Grande, the geographic boundaries of the NEP would extend from Little Box Canyon downstream of Fort Quitman, Hudspeth County, Texas, through Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, to Amistad Dam and the nearby railroad bridge (Big Bend reach of the Rio Grande). On the Pecos River, the geographic boundaries of the NEP would extend from the river's confluence with Independence Creek to its confluence with the Rio Grande. This proposed reestablishment is part of the recovery actions that the Service, Federal and State agencies, and other partners are conducting throughout the species' historic range. The proposed rule provides a plan for establishing the NEP and provides for limited allowable legal taking of Rio Grande silvery minnows within the defined NEP area. A draft environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared on this proposed action and is available for comment (see
For background and other information on the proposed rule and draft EA, refer to our notice published in the
On September 5, 2007, we published a proposed rule, notice of availability of a draft environmental assessment, and notice of a public hearing regarding our proposal to establish a nonessential experimental population of the Rio Grande silvery minnow in the Big Bend reach of the Rio Grande in Texas (72 FR 50918). We accepted public comments regarding the proposed rule and draft environmental assessment for 60 days, ending November 5, 2007. During the comment period, we held a public hearing on October 10, 2007, in Alpine, Texas. In response to requests from interested parties, we are reopening the comment period for an additional 15 days (see
We want the final rule to be as effective as possible and the final EA on the proposed action to evaluate all potential issues associated with this action. Therefore, we invite the public, Tribal and government agencies, the scientific community, industry, and other interested parties to submit comments or recommendations not previously submitted concerning any aspect of the proposed rule and the draft EA. Comments should be as specific as possible.
To issue a final rule to implement this proposed action and to determine whether to prepare a finding of no significant impact or an environmental impact statement, we will take into consideration all comments and any additional information we receive. Such communications may lead to a final rule that differs from this proposal.
You may submit your comments and materials concerning the proposed rule and draft EA by one of the methods listed in the
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Comments and materials we receive, as well as supporting documentation we used in preparing this proposed rule, will be available for public inspection on
You may obtain copies of the original proposed rule and the draft EA from the Austin Ecological Services Field Office at the address listed above or by visiting our Web site at
The primary author of this notice is the staff of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Austin Ecological Services Field Office.
The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531,