a.Two public scoping meetings will be held to present an overview of the Folsom WCM Update and the EIS/EIR process, and to afford all interested parties with an opportunity to provide comments regarding the scope of analysis and potential alternatives. The public scoping meetings will be held at the following locations, dates, and times: Sacramento Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento, CA. October 15th, 2012, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma Street, Folsom, CA. October 22nd, 2012, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
b.Potentially significant issues to be analyzed in depth in the EIS/EIR include project-specific, system-wide, and cumulative effects on authorized purposes of the Folsom Dam project and the environmental resources associated with those purposes. Effects analyzed will include: Water supply for irrigation, municipal, and industrial uses; fish and wildlife resources; power generation; water quality; recreation; special status species; soils and levee safety; and cultural resources.
c.USACE will consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to comply with the Endangered Species Act, the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, and the requirements of the current Biological Opinions that affect the operations of Folsom Dam. USACE will consult with the State Historic Preservation Officer to comply with the National Historic Preservation Act. USACE will coordinate with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to establish consultation requirements with tribes having trust assets and tribal interests that could be affected by the WCM Update's outcome.
d.A 45-day public review period will be provided for individuals, interested parties, and agencies to review and comment on the draft EIS/EIR. All interested parties are encouraged to respond to this notice and provide a current address if they wish to be notified of the draft EIS/EIR circulation.
4.Availability.The draft EIS/EIR is scheduled to be available for public review and comment in 2015.
Brenda S. Bowen,
Army Federal Register Liaison Officer.