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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

[Project No. 14368-000--CO]

Catamount Metropolitan District; Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's regulations, 18 CFR Part 380 (Order No. 486, 52 FR 47879), the Office of Energy Projects has reviewed the application for a small hydropower project exemption for the Catamount Hydroelectric Project, to be located at the existing Catamount dam and Lake Catamount in Routt County, near the City of Steamboat Springs, in the state of Colorado, and has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA). In the EA, Commission staff analyzed the potential environmental effects of the proposed project and concludes that issuing an exemption for the project, with appropriate environmental measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.

A copy of the EA is on file with the Commission and is available for public inspection. The EA may also be viewed on the Commission's Web site athttp://www.ferc.govusing the "eLibrary" link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support atFERCOnlineSupport@ferc.govor toll-free at 1-866-208-3676, or for TTY, (202) 502-8659.

You may also register online athttp://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.aspto be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support.

Any comments should be filed within 30 days from the date of this notice. Comments may be filed electronically via the Internet. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web sitehttp://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp.Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system athttp://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp.You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support. Although the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing, documents may also be paper-filed.

To paper-file, mail an original and seven copies to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. Please affix Project No. 14368-000 to all comments.

For further information, contact Shana Murray at (202) 502-8333 or by email atshana.murray@ferc.gov.

Dated: August 21, 2012. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.