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in conjunction with surveys throughout Tanzania for the purpose of scientific application, including an HCP, by the
the range of each species in Southern research. This action was authorized Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer
California for the purpose of enhancing under Section 10(c) of the Endangered Conservation District (District) of
their survival. Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 Austin, Texas. The proposed
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The Service application is for an Incidental Take
Permit No. TE–004939 Permit for the District’s management of
determined that an emergency affecting
Applicant: Gordon Pratt, Riverside, the health and life of the chimpanzees underground water through permits
California. at the Mahale Mountains National Park authorizing withdrawals from the
The permittee requests an amendment in Kigoma, Tanzania, existed and that Barton Springs segment of the Edwards
to take (survey by pursuit, capture, no reasonable alternative was available Aquifer. Such withdrawals directly
handle, remove from the wild, captively to the applicant for the following affect the flow of Barton Springs, which
propagate, and release to the wild) the reasons. are four hydraulically connected spring
El Segundo blue butterfly (Euphilotes Virginia Polytechinic Institute and outlets constituting the major discharge
battiudes allyni) and the Smith’s blue State University requested a permit to points for the Barton Springs segment of
butterfly (Euphilotes enoptes smithi) in import biological samples (bodily the Edwards Aquifer. The District is
conjunction with surveys and tissues and organs, hair, saliva, and evaluating the need for a permit for the
propagation activities throughout the other body parts) from the forest floor endangered Barton Springs salamander
range of each species in California for and from deceased animals found in the (Eurycea sosorum) and the Austin blind
the purpose of enhancing their survival. Mahle Mountains National Park in salamander (Eurycea waterlooensis), a
We solicit public review and Tanzania for emergency and ongoing candidate for listing. Additionally, the
comment on each of these recovery health and disease evaluation purposes. District may prepare an HCP that
permit applications. Samples will be utilized exclusively for includes measures to minimize and
diagnostic and scientific purposes. The mitigate any taking of species incidental
Dated: July 27, 2005.
specimens will be used to run to the permitted withdrawal of
Robert Williams, groundwater from the Barton Springs
diagnostics tests to determine the cause
Acting Manager, California/Nevada of death of several animals that have segment of the Edwards Aquifer.
Operations Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
died during an ongoing disease outbreak DATES: To ensure consideration, written
Service.
at the National Park within the past comments from all interested parties
[FR Doc. 05–15707 Filed 8–8–05; 8:45 am]
several weeks. The necessary diagnostic concerning the scope of the analysis
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testing is not available in Africa. The must be received on or before
results of health and disease testing September 12, 2005. A public scoping
from these chimpanzees will help meeting for receipt of comments will be
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
determine why the animals are sick and held at 5 p.m. on August 23, 2005, at the
Fish and Wildlife Service what caused the outbreak in order to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in
develop interventions to help prevent Austin, Texas. The draft EIS is expected
Emergency Exemption: Issuance of reoccurrence. April 2007.
Permit for Endangered Species Dated: July 29, 2005. ADDRESSES: Comments and requests for
Monica Farris, information should be sent to the U.S.
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, ATTN: Carrie
Interior. Senior Permit Biologist, Branch of Permits,
Division of Management Authority. Thompson, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite
ACTION: Notice of emergency issuance of 200, Austin, Texas 78758; telephone
permit for endangered species. [FR Doc. 05–15712 Filed 8–8–05; 8:45 am]
(512) 490–0057 x230; facsimile (512)
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490–0974. Comments and materials
SUMMARY: The following permit was
received will be available for public
issued.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR inspection, by appointment, during
ADDRESSES: Documents and other normal business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30
information submitted for this Fish and Wildlife Service p.m.) at the Austin Ecological Services
application are available for review, Office, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200,
subject to the requirements of the Notice of Scoping Meeting and Notice Austin, Texas. Questions regarding the
Privacy Act and Freedom of Information of Intent to Prepare a Habitat HCP should be directed to Timothy
Act, by any party who submits a written Conservation Plan and Environmental Riley, Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer
request for a copy of such documents to: Impact Statement for the Barton Conservation District, 1124 Regal Row,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division Springs Ecosystem in the Barton Austin, Texas 78748, telephone (512)
of Management Authority, 4401 North Springs Segment of the Edwards 282–8441.
Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, Aquifer Applicant: The District, a political
Virginia 22203, telephone 703/358–2104 subdivision of the State of Texas, is
or fax 703/358–2281. AGENCY: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, charged with the duty to manage,
Interior. conserve, preserve, and protect the
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
ACTION: Notice of intent to conduct Barton Springs segment of the Edwards
Division of Management Authority,
scoping meetings and prepare a Habitat Aquifer. The District issues permits for
telephone 703/358–2104.
Conservation Plan (HCP) and the drilling of wells and the production
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
28, 2005, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife of groundwater for purposes that are not
Service (Service) issued a permit (PRT– SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National exempt from regulation under the Texas
108841) to the Virginia Polytechnic Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), this law requiring the District-issued
Institute and State University (CVM notice advises the public that the U.S. permits.
Phase 2), Blacksburg, Virginia, to import Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This
biological samples from wild intends to prepare a draft EIS for an notice is provided as required by the
chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in anticipated incidental take permit NEPA, its implementing regulations (40

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CFR 1500–1508) and related applicable environmental consequences and take proposal on other components of the
Federal laws, Executive Orders, and actions that protect, restore, and human environment. These other
regulations. enhance the human environment. NEPA components include such things as air
Background: The Barton Springs scoping procedures are intended to and water quality, cultural resources,
Ecosystem is dependent upon adequate ensure that information on the proposed other fish and wildlife species, social
spring flow from the Barton Springs action, alternatives, and impacts are resources, and economic resources.
segment of the Edwards Aquifer to solicited from the public and that all
support endangered species. Cessation Joy E. Nicholopoulos,
information is available to public
of spring flow in the Barton Springs officials and citizens before planning Acting Regional Director, Region 2,
Ecosystem may result in ‘‘take’’ of listed Albuquerque, New Mexico.
decisions are made. Accurate scientific
species and an appreciable reduction in analysis, expert agency comments, and [FR Doc. 05–15804 Filed 8–8–05; 8:45 am]
the likelihood of survival and recovery public scrutiny are essential to BILLING CODE 4510–55–P
of listed species. Due to the growing implementing NEPA. NEPA documents
water use anticipated in the Barton concentrate on the issues that are
Springs segment of the Edwards significant to the action in question. The DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Aquifer, a comprehensive management Service invites the public to submit
plan may be necessary to assure the Bureau of Land Management
information and comments either in
sustained spring flow in the Barton writing or at the scheduled meeting. The [WY–100–05–1310–DB]
Springs Ecosystem. Austin meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m.
The Service proposes to prepare a on August 23, 2005, at the Lady Bird Notice of Availability of Supplemental
draft EIS to evaluate the impacts of Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Air Quality Information for the Draft
alternatives associated with issuing an Crosse Avenue in Travis County, Texas. Environmental Impact Statement for
incidental take permit under section The Service requests that comments be Jonah Infill Drilling Project, Pinedale,
10(a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species as specific as possible. Wyoming
Act of 1973, as amended (Act). Section Major environmental and species AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management,
9 of the Act prohibits the taking of concerns in this scoping process include Interior.
Federally listed species, unless the direct, indirect, and cumulative
authorized under the provisions of ACTION: Notice of availability of
impacts that implementation of the
Section 7 or 10 of the Act. The term proposal could have on endangered and supplemental information and its public
‘‘take’’ under the Act includes actions candidate listed species, other review period
that may directly kill or injure listed environmental resources, and the SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land
species, actions that significantly quality of the human environment. Management (BLM) announces the
disrupt normal behavioral patterns such Other relevant issues include effects of availability of supplemental air quality
as feeding and breeding, and actions aquifer and water withdrawal levels on analyses and information prepared for
that detrimentally modify habitat to the Barton Springs flows, effect of various the Draft Environmental Impact
extent that harms individuals of the aquifer water use management options, Statement (DEIS) for the Jonah Infill
species. and alternative water supply options on Drilling Project (JIDP), Sublette County,
Section 10(a)(1)(B) allows the Service the environments affected by those Wyoming. The supplemental
to permit taking of listed species, options. information will be available to the
provided that taking is incidental to an The Service is gathering information public for a 60-day review and comment
otherwise legal activity, and that it will necessary for the preparation of an EIS. period.
not jeopardize a listed species. The Information regarding the following
applicant must submit an HCP as part DATES: The supplemental air quality
topics would assist the Service in
of the incidental take permit assessing the impacts of the proposed information will be available for review
application. issuance of an incidental take permit for 60 calendar days starting on the date
Proposed Action: The District will under the provisions of an HCP: The this notice is published in the Federal
consider adoption of an HCP consistent hydrogeology of the Barton Springs Register. The BLM can best use your
with the Service’s Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer and the comments within this 60-day review
Salamander (Draft) Recovery Plan effects of aquifer levels on spring flows period.
(January 2005) and with Sections 9 and at Barton Springs as they relate to the ADDRESSES: A copy of the supplemental
10 of the Act. The District’s proposed habitat needs of Federally listed species; air quality information is available for
HCP will consider a comprehensive potential water conservation measures public inspection during regular
approach to protect Federally listed and strategies to reduce the withdrawal business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
species and their habitats that may be demands on the Edwards Aquifer and Monday through Friday) at the
affected by groundwater withdrawals their negative effects on spring flows; following BLM office locations:
from the aquifer. Activities proposed for alternate water supplies and their • Bureau of Land Management,
consideration under the Permit may potential effect on reducing Edwards Wyoming State Office, 5353
include management and permitting of Aquifer water withdrawals and Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne,
certain water withdrawals from the maintaining spring flows; effects of Wyoming.
Edwards Aquifer within the jurisdiction aquifer level management and spring • Bureau of Land Management,
of the District, and habitat conservation flow changes on the quality of the Pinedale Field Office, 432 East Mill
measures to mitigate impacts of changes issues; the impact of no action; or Street, Pinedale, Wyoming.
in flows of Barton Springs. suggestions that would be relevant The document may be available
Comments Requested: The Service is toward the Service’s review and electronically on the following Web site:
soliciting information and comments on development of alternatives. http://www.wy.blm.gov/nepa/
the scope of issues to be addressed in In addition to considering impacts on nepadocs.htm. If you wish to review the
the draft EIS. The NEPA process is listed species and their habitat, the EIS information electronically, please check
intended to aid public officials to make must include information on impacts with the Pinedale Field Office as to the
decisions based on the understanding of from the proposal and alternatives to the availability of BLM Internet documents.

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