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Platte River Recovery Implementation Program

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Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.


Extension of review and comment period for draft environmental impact statement (DEIS).


The notice of availability for the DEIS was published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2004 (69 FR 3600), with the public review and comment period currently scheduled to end June 2, 2004. The public review and comment period is being extended to August 20, 2004, so that the public may have sufficient time to review the DEIS along with the recently released National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report entitled, “Endangered and Threatened Species in the Platte River Basin.”


Submit comments on the DEIS on or before August 20, 2004. Public hearings on the DEIS will be held during late July and early August. Times and locations will be announced in the Federal Register and local media.


Written comments on, or requests for copies of, the DEIS should be addressed to the Platte River EIS Office (PL-100), PO Box 25007, Denver, Colorado, 80225-0007, telephone (303) 445-2096, or by sending an e-mail to A copy of the DEIS Summary, and/or technical reports or appendices may also be obtained by calling (303) 445-2096. The DEIS and Summary is also accessible at

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Lynn Holt, Platte River EIS Office (303) 445-2096, or by sending an e-mail to

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Reclamation and the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) have prepared this DEIS to analyze the impacts of the First Increment (13 years) of a proposed Recovery Implementation Program (Program) to benefit the target species (whooping crane, interior least tern, piping plover, and pallid sturgeon) and their habitat in the Platte River Basin and to provide compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for certain historic and future water uses in the Platte River Basin in Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming. The habitat objectives of the proposed Program include: Improving flows in the Central Platte River through water re-regulation and conservation/supply projects; and protecting, restoring, and maintaining at least 10,000 acres of habitat in the Central Platte River area between Lexington and Chapman, Nebraska. The DEIS analyzes the impacts of four alternatives to implement the Program.

The programmatic DEIS focuses on impacts that the Program may have on hydrology, water quality, land, target species and their habitat, other species, hydropower, recreation, economics, and social and cultural resources. Subsequent National Environmental Policy Act and ESA documents required for implementation of specific Program actions will be tiered off of this document.

Public Disclosure Statement

Comments received in response to this notice will become part of the administrative record for this project and are subject to public inspection. Comments, including names and home addresses of respondents, will be available for public review. Individual respondents may request that Reclamation withhold their home address from public disclosure, which will be honored to the extent allowable by law. There also may be circumstances in which Reclamation would withhold a respondent's identity from public disclosure, as allowable by law. If you wish to have your name and/or address withheld, you must state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. Reclamation will make all submissions from organizations or businesses and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of Start Printed Page 29971organizations or businesses available for public disclosure in their entirety.

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Dated: May 19, 2004.

Willie R. Taylor,

Director, Environmental Policy & Compliance.

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[FR Doc. 04-11938 Filed 5-25-04; 8:45 am]