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Notice of Proposed Changes to the Natural Resources Conservation Service National Handbook of Conservation Practices

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Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA.


Notice of availability of proposed changes in the NRCS National Handbook of Conservation Practices for public review and comment.


Notice is hereby given of the intention of NRCS to issue a series of new or revised conservation practice standards in its National Handbook of Conservation Practices. These standards include: Closure of Waste Impoundments (Code 360), Cross Wind Trap Strips (Code 589C), Irrigation Water Management (Code 449), Land Reclamation, Landslide Treatment (Code 453), Mine Shaft and Adit Closing (Code 457), Pond Sealing or Lining, Compacted Clay Treatment (Code 521D), and Water Well (Code 642). NRCS State Conservationists who choose to adopt these practices for use within their States will incorporate them into Section IV of their respective electronic Field Office Technical Guides (eFOTG). These practices may be used in conservation systems that treat highly erodible land, or on land determined to be wetland.


Comments will be received for a 30-day period commencing with this date of publication. This series of new or revised conservation practice standards will be adopted after the close of the 30-day period.

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Copies of these standards can be Start Printed Page 69886downloaded or printed from the following Web site: Single copies of these standards are available from NRCS in Washington, DC. Submit individual inquiries in writing to Daniel Meyer, National Agricultural Engineer, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Post Office Box 2890, Room 6139-S, Washington, DC 20013-2890.

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Section 343 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 requires NRCS to make available, for public review and comment, proposed revisions to conservation practice standards used to carry out the highly erodible land and wetland provisions of the law. For the next 30 days, NRCS will receive comments relative to the proposed changes. Following that period, a determination will be made by NRCS regarding disposition of those comments, and a final determination of changes will be made.

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Signed in Washington, DC, on November 17, 2004.

Bruce I. Knight,

Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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[FR Doc. 04-26446 Filed 11-30-04; 8:45 am]