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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE General Staff (MASG), 646 Swift Road,
November 5, 2001, the Department of West Point, NY 10996–1905 or faxed to
Defense (DoD) published a notice of a Department of the Army the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at
Nationwide TRICARE Demonstration (845) 938–3214. Written statements
Project (66 FR 55928–55930). On Board of Visitors, United States must be received no later than five
October 1, 2004, the Department of Military Academy (USMA) working days prior to the next meeting
Defense (DoD) published a notice (69 FR AGENCY: Department of the Army, DoD. in order to provide time for member
58895) to extend the Demonstration ACTION: Notice of open meeting. consideration.
through October 31, 2005. On October By rule, no member of the public
12, 2005, the Department of Defense SUMMARY: In accordance with Section attending open meetings will be allowed
(DoD) published a notice (70 FR 59320) 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory to present questions from the floor or
to extend the Demonstration through Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463), speak to any issue under consideration
October 31, 2007. The continued announcement is made of the following by the Board.
activation of Reserve Component committee meeting:
Brenda S. Bowen,
members in support of Noble Eagle/ Name of Committee: Board of Visitors, Army Federal Register Liaison Officer.
Operation Enduring Freedom and United States Military Academy.
Operation Iraqi Freedom warrants the Date: Sunday, July 14, 2007. [FR Doc. 07–3000 Filed 6–18–07; 8:45 am]
continuation of the Demonstration to Place of Meeting: The Superintendent’s BILLING CODE: 3710–08–M

support the healthcare needs and Conference Room, Building 600 (Taylor
morale of family members of activated Hall), West Point, NY.
Reservists and guardsmen. The National Time of Meeting: Approximately 12:30 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
p.m. through 4:30 p.m.
Defense Authorization Act of 2005 Board Mission: The Board, under the Department of the Army; Corps of
amended existing statutes to authorize provisions of 10 U.S.C. 4355, and the Federal Engineers
the Secretary of Defense to provide Advisory Committee Act of 1972, as
these benefits permanently by amended, shall provide the President of the Notice of Solicitation for Estuary
regulation. The Demonstration needs to United States independent advice and Habitat Restoration Program
be extended to allow sufficient time to recommendations on matters relating to the
complete the rule-making process. The U.S. Military Academy, to include but not AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S.
impact, if the Demonstration is not limited to morale and discipline, curriculum, Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.
instruction, physical equipment, and ACTION: Notice of solicitation for project
extended before the regulation is academic methods.
completed, includes higher out-of- Board Membership: The Board is
applications.
pocket costs and potential inability of composed of 15 members, 9 of which are
beneficiaries to continue to use the same SUMMARY: Congress has appropriated
members of Congress and 6 persons
provider for ongoing care. There are designated by the President. The 2007
limited funds to the U.S. Army Corps of
three separate components to the Chairman of the Board is Congressman John Engineers (Corps) to implement the
demonstration. First, those who McHugh, New York—23rd District. Estuary Habitat Restoration Program as
participate in TRICARE Standard will FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. authorized in Section 104 of the Estuary
not be responsible for paying the Cynthia Kramer, United States Military Restoration Act of 2000, Title I of the
TRICARE Standard deductible. By law, Academy, West Point, NY 10996–5000, Estuaries and Clean Waters Act of 2000
the TRICARE Standard deductible for (845) 938–5078 or via e-mail: (Pub. L. 106–457) (accessible at http://
active duty dependents is $150 per Cynthia.kramer@usma.edu. era.noaa.gov/pdfs/act_s835.pdf). On
individual, $300 per family ($50/$150 behalf of the Estuary Habitat Restoration
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed Council (Council), the Corps is
for E–4’s and below). Agenda: Summer Meeting of the Board soliciting proposals for estuary habitat
The second component extends of Visitors. The Board plans to inquire restoration projects. This document
TRICARE payment up to 115 percent of into instruction and physical describes project criteria and evaluation
the TRICARE maximum allowable equipment, and the BRAC relocation of criteria the Council will use to
charge, less the applicable patient co- the United States Military Academy determine which projects to
payment, for care received from a Preparatory School. Board members will recommend. Recommended projects
provider that does not participate observe Cadet Summer Training and must provide ecosystem benefits, have
(accept assignment) under TRICARE to participate in roundtable discussions scientific merit, be technically feasible,
the extent necessary to ensure timely with cadet leadership. Members will and be cost-effective. Proposals selected
access to care and clinically appropriate receive tours and briefings on renovated for Estuary Habitat Restoration Program
continuity of care. Cadet Barracks, Jefferson Hall Library funding will be implemented in
Third, the Demonstration authorizes a and Learning Center, the West Point accordance with a cost-share agreement
waiver of the non-availability statement Museum, and the BRAC-approved with the Corps. This is not a grants
requirement of non-emergency United States Military Academy program.
impatient care. This Demonstration Preparatory School (USMAPS) location
at West Point. All Board meeting DATES: Proposals must be received on or
project is being conducted under the before August 20, 2007.
authority of 10 U.S.C. 1092. This proceedings are open to the public.
Picture identification is required to ADDRESSES: Proposal forms may be
Demonstration is extended through
October 31, 2008. enter West Point. accessed at http://www.usace.army.mil/
Public Inquiry at Board Meetings: Any cw/cecwp/estuary_act/index.htm or by
Dated: June 20, 2007. member of the public is permitted to file contacting the individuals listed in the
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L.M. Bynum, a written statement with the USMA following section. Project proposals may
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Board of Visitors. Written statements be submitted electronically, by mail, or
Officer, Department of Defense. should be sent to the Designated Federal by courier. Electronic submissions are
[FR Doc. 07–2999 Filed 6–18–07; 8:45 am] Officer (DFO) at: United States Military preferred and will facilitate processing.
BILLING CODE 5001–06–M Academy, Office of the Secretary of the Please follow the detailed instructions

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provided in Section X. of the includes the ‘‘* * * near coastal waters restoration projects, not measures such
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. and wetlands of the Great Lakes that are as storm water detention ponds,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. similar in form and function to estuaries wastewater treatment plant upgrades or
Ellen Cummings, Headquarters, U.S. * * *’’. For this program, estuary is combined sewer outfall improvements.
Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, considered to extend from the head of
III. Excluded Activities
DC 20314–1000, (202) 761–4750, e-mail: tide to the boundary with the open sea
Ellen.M.Cummings@usace.army.mil; or, (to downstream terminus features or Estuary Habitat Restoration Program
Mr. Chip Smith, Office of the Assistant structures such as barrier islands, reefs, funds will not be used for any activity
Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), sand bars, mud flats, or headlands in that constitutes mitigation required
Washington, DC (703) 693–3655, e-mail: close proximity to the connection with under any Federal or State law for the
the open sea). In the Great Lakes, adverse effects of an activity regulated
Chip.Smith@HQDA.Army.Mil.
riparian and nearshore areas will be or otherwise governed by Federal or
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: State law, or that constitutes restoration
considered to be estuaries. Estuary
Arrangements have been made for a for natural resource damages required
habitat includes the estuary and its
conference call to answer questions under any Federal or State law. Estuary
associated ecosystems, such as: Salt,
regarding this solicitation. The call has Habitat Restoration Program funds will
brackish, and fresh water coastal
been scheduled for July 16, 2007 at 1 not be used for remediation of any
marshes; coastal forested wetlands and
p.m. EDT. This will be a long distance hazardous substances regulated under
other coastal wetlands; maritime forests;
call but there will be no surcharge above the Comprehensive Environmental
coastal grasslands; tidal flats; natural
each participant’s normal costs for long shoreline areas; shellfish beds; sea grass Response, Compensation, and Liability
distance calls. In order to assure meadows; kelp beds; river deltas; and Act (42 U.S.C. 9601–9675).
adequate lines are available, please send river and stream corridors under tidal Additionally, Estuary Habitat
an email with a subject line of ‘‘EHRP influence. Restoration Program funds will not be
solicitation conference call’’ to Ms. used to carry out projects on Federal
Cummings or Mr. Smith by noon on July II. Eligible Restoration Activities lands.
11, 2007. A reply will be sent to each Section 103 of the Estuary Restoration
message containing the telephone IV. Project Sponsor and Cost Sharing
Act of 2000 (the Act) defines the term
number and access code for the call. A estuary habitat restoration activity to The Non-Federal Sponsor may be a
second call will be scheduled at a later mean ‘‘an activity that results in State, a political subdivision of a State,
date if necessary. improving degraded estuaries or estuary a Tribe, or a regional or interstate
habitat or creating estuary habitat agency. A non-governmental
I. Introduction
(including both physical and functional organization may serve as a Non-Federal
Under the Estuary Habitat Restoration restoration), with the goal of attaining a Sponsor as determined by the Secretary
Program, the U.S. Army Corps of self-sustaining system integrated into of the Army (Secretary) in consultation
Engineers (Corps) is authorized to carry the surrounding landscape.’’ Projects with appropriate State and local
out estuary habitat restoration projects. funded under this program will be governmental agencies and Tribes. For
However, the Estuary Habitat consistent with this definition. purposes of this act the term non-
Restoration Council (Council) is Eligible habitat restoration activities governmental organization does not
responsible for soliciting, reviewing and include re-establishment of chemical, include for profit enterprises. The Non-
evaluating project proposals. The Corps physical, hydrologic, and biological Federal Sponsor must be able to provide
may only fund projects on the features and components associated the real estate interests necessary for
prioritized list provided by the Council. with an estuary. Restoration may implementation, operation,
The Estuary Habitat Restoration Strategy include, but is not limited to, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation and
prepared by the Council contains improvement of estuarine wetland tidal replacement of the project. In most cases
introductory information about the exchange or reestablishment of historic this means the Non-Federal Sponsor
program and provides the context in hydrology; dam or berm removal; must have fee title to the lands
which projects will be evaluated and the improvement or reestablishment of fish necessary for the project although in
program will be conducted. The passage; appropriate reef/substrate/ some cases an easement may be
Strategy was published in the Federal habitat creation; planting of native sufficient.
Register (67 FR 71942) on December 3, estuarine wetland and submerged The Federal share of the cost of an
2002. It is also accessible at http:// aquatic vegetation; reintroduction of estuary habitat restoration project shall
www.usace.army.mil/cw/cecwp/ native species; control of invasive not exceed 65 percent except that the
estuary_act/index.htm in PDF format. species; and establishment of riparian Federal share shall be 85 percent of the
An emphasis will be placed on buffer zones in the estuary. Cleanup of incremental additional cost of pilot
achieving cost-effective restoration of pollution for the benefit of estuary testing or demonstration of an
ecosystems while promoting increased habitat may be considered, as long as it innovative technology having the
partnerships among agencies and does not meet the definition of excluded potential for improved cost-
between public and private sectors. activities under the Act (see section III, effectiveness. Innovative technology is
Projects funded under this program will Excluded Activities, below). defined as novel processes, techniques
contribute to the Estuary Habitat In general, proposed projects should and/or materials to restore habitat, or
Restoration Strategy goal of restoring clearly demonstrate anticipated benefits the use of existing processes,
1,000,000 acres of estuary habitat. to habitats such as those habitats listed techniques, and/or materials in a new
For purposes of this program, estuary in the Introduction. Although the restoration application.
is defined as ‘‘a part of a river or stream Council recognized that water quality Prior to initiation of a project, the
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or other body of water that has an and land use issues may impact habitat Non-Federal Sponsor must enter into a
unimpaired connection with the open restoration efforts and must be written agreement with the Corps in
sea and where the sea water is considered in project planning, the which the Non-Federal Sponsor agrees
measurably diluted with fresh water Estuary Habitat Restoration Program is to provide its share of the project cost.
from land drainage.’’ Estuary also intended to fund physical habitat The Non-Federal Sponsor shall provide

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necessary lands, easements, rights-of- Federal Sponsor. The Corps will for restoring estuary habitats will also
way, and relocations. The value of the implement (construct) some portion of review proposals that indicate the use of
required real estate interests will be the proposed project. To the extent innovative technologies. Each agency
credited towards the Non-Federal possible the Corps will use the will score and rank the proposals; the
Sponsor’s share of the project cost. The planning, evaluation, and design staff of the five agencies will use these
Non-Federal Sponsor may also provide products provided by the applicant. rankings as the basis for a consolidated
services and in-kind contributions for However, the Corps will be responsible recommendation. The Council will
credit toward its share of the project for assuring compliance with Federal consider the staff recommendation, the
cost. Credit for the value of in-kind environmental statutes, assuring the items discussed in sections VII.C. and D.
contributions is subject to satisfactory project is designed to avoid adverse below, and possibly other factors when
compliance with applicable Federal impacts on other properties and that the preparing its prioritized list of
labor laws covering non-Federal project can reasonably be expected to recommended projects for the
construction, including but not limited provide the desired benefits, and Secretary’s use.
to the Davis-Bacon Act (40 U.S.C. 276a managing construction activities not
et seq.), the Contract Work Hours and performed by the Non-Federal Sponsor VII. Proposal Review Criteria
Safety Standards Act (40 U.S.C. 327 et as in-kind contribution. These Corps This section describes the criteria that
seq.), and the Copeland AntiKickback activities will be part of the Federal cost will be used to review and select
Act (40 U.S.C. 276c). Credit may be of the project, and the Non-Federal projects to be recommended to the
afforded for the value of required work Sponsor should consider these costs in Secretary for funding under the Act. It
undertaken by volunteers, using the developing the project cost estimate. It will benefit applicants to ensure that
hourly value in common usage for is recommended that the Non-Federal project proposals clearly address the
grants program but not to exceed the Sponsor coordinate with the appropriate criteria set forth under the following
Federal estimate of the cost of activity. Corps district office during preparation four subsections: Initial Screening of
The Non-Federal Sponsor shall also of the proposal. Information on district Project Proposals; Evaluation of Project
have a long-term responsibility for all locations and boundaries may be found Proposals; Priority Elements; and Other
costs associated with operating, at http://www.usace.army.mil/ Factors.
maintaining, replacing, repairing, and ContactUs.html. If additional assistance
rehabilitating these projects as well as is required please contact Ms. A. Initial Screening of Project Proposals
for the required post-construction Cummings (see FOR FURTHER Proposals will be screened according
monitoring. The cost of these activities INFORMATION CONTACT section). to the requirements listed in sections
will not be included in the total project 104(b) and 104(c)(2) of the Act as
V. Funding Availability
cost and will not count toward the Non- described below. In addition, proposed
Federal Sponsor’s minimum 35 percent Limited funds have been appropriated projects must not include excluded
share of the project cost. for implementation of projects under the activities as discussed in Section III
Other Federal funds, i.e. funds Estuary Habitat Restoration Program. above. Proposals that do not meet all of
appropriated to agencies other than the The Council will not accept proposals these initial screening criteria will not
Corps, may not be used by the Non- that indicate an estimated Federal cost be evaluated further. To be accepted the
Federal Sponsor to meet its share of the of less than $100,000 or more than proposal must:
project cost unless the other Federal $1,000,000. There is no guarantee that (1) Originate from a Non-Federal
agency verifies in writing that sufficient funds will be available to fund Sponsor (section 104(b));
expenditure of funds for such purpose all eligible proposals. The number of (2) address restoration needs
is expressly authorized by statute. proposals funded as a result of this identified in an estuary habitat
Otherwise, other Federal funds may be notice will depend on the number of restoration plan (section 104(c)(2)(A)).
used for the proposed project if eligible proposals received, the The Act defines ‘‘estuary habitat
consistent with the other agency’s estimated amount of funds required for restoration plan’’ as any Federal or State
authorities and will count as part of the each selected project, and the merit and plan for restoration of degraded estuary
Federal share of the project cost. Any ranking of the proposals. The exact habitat that was developed with
non-Federal funds or contributions used amount of the Federal and non-Federal substantial participation of the public
as a match for these other Federal funds cost share for each selected project will (section 103(6));
or any other Federal program may be be specified in the written agreement (3) be consistent with the Estuary
used toward the project but will not be discussed in Project Sponsor and Cost Habitat Restoration Strategy (section
considered in determining the non- Sharing, Section IV above. Projects 104(c)(2)(B)) by:
Federal share in relation to the Corps’ selected for funding must be capable of (a) including eligible restoration
costs. producing the ecosystem benefits activities that provide ecosystem
Credit will be provided only for work described in the proposal in the absence benefits;
necessary for the specific project being of Federal funding beyond that (b) addressing estuary habitat trends
funded with Estuary Habitat Restoration established in the cost-share agreement. (including historic losses) in the project
Program funds. For example, a non- region, and indicating how these were
Federal entity is engaged in the removal VI. Proposal Review Process
considered in developing the project
of ten dams, has removed six dams, and Proposals will be screened as proposal;
now seeks assistance for the removal of discussed in section VII.A. below to (c) involving a partnership approach,
the remaining four dams as an Estuary determine eligibility. The staff of the and
Habitat Restoration Program project. agencies represented on the Council (d) clearly describing the benefits
None of the costs associated with the will conduct a technical review of the expected to be realized by the proposed
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removal of the six dams is creditable as eligible proposals in accordance with project;
part of the non-Federal share of the the criteria described in section VII.B. (4) include a monitoring plan that is
project for removal of four dams. below. Agency scientists involved in consistent with standards developed by
This is not a grants program. The estuarine research or the development NOAA under section 104(c)(2)(C))
Corps will not transfer funds to the Non- and application of innovative methods (available at: http://era.noaa.gov/htmls/

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era/era_monitoring.html, or from the Examples of activities that would not (a) Potential success of restoration
contacts listed in the FOR FURTHER qualify would be restoration of an oyster techniques, based on history of
INFORMATION CONTACT section). bed open to commercial harvest or a fish successful implementation in field or
Minimum monitoring requirements hatchery. Educational facilities such as pilot projects,
include monitoring over a period of five classrooms, botanical gardens, or (b) implementation schedule.
years and tracking of at least one recreational facilities such as trails or (c) expected length of time before
structural and one functional element. boat ramps would also not qualify for success can be demonstrated,
Examples of structural and functional cost sharing under this program (d) proposed corrective actions using
elements are contained in the although they may be included in the monitoring information,
monitoring document cited above, and; project if they do not conflict with the (e) project management plans, and
(5) include satisfactory assurances environmental benefits expected from (f) experience and qualifications of
that the Non-Federal Sponsor has project implementation. project personnel.
adequate authority and resources to (4) Scientific Merit
carry out items of local cooperation and (2) Cost-Effectiveness
properly maintain the project (section Reviewers will evaluate the Reviewers will evaluate the extent to
104(c)(2)(D)). relationship between estimated project which the project design is based on
costs, including the costs of remaining sound ecological principles and is likely
B. Evaluation of Project Proposals to meet project goals. This may be
planning, design, construction, required
Proposals that meet the initial lands, and annual operation, indicated by the following factors:
screening criteria in A. above will be (a) Goals of the project are reasonable
maintenance, repair, rehabilitation and
eligible for further review using the considering the existing and former
replacement and monitoring cost, to the
criteria listed below. The following habitat types present at the site and
monetary and non-monetary benefits
criteria are listed in order of relative other local influences,
described in the proposal. Clear
importance with the most important (b) the proposed restoration
quantitative and qualitative descriptions
criteria first. The first four criteria are methodology demonstrates an
of the proposed outputs will facilitate
the most important. If the reviewers find understanding of habitat function, and
this evaluation. Examples of units of (c) specific methods proposed (if
that a response to any of the first four measure include: acres restored, flood
criteria is completely inadequate, the successfully implemented—see criteria
damage reduction levels, changes in on technical feasibility) have a good
proposals will be rejected. For each of water quality parameters, increases in
the listed criteria the focus will be on chance of meeting project goals and
the productivity of various species, and achieving long-term sustainability.
the factors mentioned below but other presence and absence of certain species.
factors may also be considered. The estimated persistence of the (5) Agency Coordination
(1) Ecosystem Benefits proposed project outputs will be Reviewers will evaluate the degree to
considered. For examples, will the area which the project will encourage
Proposals will be evaluated based on
be maintained as a wetland, or allowed increased coordination and cooperation
the extent of proposed habitat
to erode or become upland? Will the among Federal, State, and local
restoration activities and the type(s) of
proposed project produce additional government agencies. Some of the
habitat(s) that will be restored.
benefits due to synergy between the indicators used to evaluate coordination
Following are specific factors that
proposed project and other ongoing or are:
reviewers will consider as part of this
proposed projects? Reviewers will (a) The State, Federal, and local
criterion:
(a) Prevention or reversal of estuary consider if the proposed project is a agencies involved in developing the
habitat loss or degradation in the project cost-effective way to achieve the project and their expected roles in
area and the nature and extent of the proposed benefits. In some instances the implementation,
proposed project’s potential costs and benefits of proposed projects (b) the nature of agency coordination,
contribution to the long-term may be compared to the costs and e.g., joint funding, periodic multi-
conservation of estuary habitat benefits of other similar projects in the agency review of the project,
functions, area. The significance of the proposed collaboration on adaptive management
(b) benefits for Federally listed outputs is also a factor to be considered decisions, joint monitoring,
endangered or threatened species, as part of cost-effectiveness. The opportunities for future collaboration,
species proposed for Federal listing, significance of restoration outputs etc., and
recently delisted species or designated should be recognized in terms of (c) whether a formal agreement, such
or proposed critical habitat in the institutional (such as laws, adopted as a Memorandum of Understanding
project areas, plans, or policy statements), public (MOU), exists between/among agencies
(c) extent to which the project will (such as support for the project), or as part of the project.
provide, restore, or improve habitat technical (such as addresses scarcity,
increases limiting habitat, or improves (6) Public/Private Partnerships
important for estuary-dependent fish
and/or migratory birds (e.g. breeding, or increases biodiversity) importance. One of the focuses of the Act is the
spawning, nursery, foraging, or staging (3) Technical Feasibility encouragement of new public/private
habitat), partnerships. Reviewers will evaluate
(d) prevention or reduction of Reviewers will evaluate the extent to the degree to which the project will
nonpoint source pollution or other which, given current and projected foster public/private partnerships and
contaminants to estuary habits or environmental conditions of the uses Federal resources to encourage
restoration of estuary habitats that are restoration site—e.g., soils, flood regime, increased private sector involvement.
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already contaminated, and presence of invasive species, Indicators of the success at meeting this
(e) benefits or nearby existing habitat surrounding land use—the proposed criteria follow. How will the project
areas, or contribution to the creation of project is likely to be successfully promote collaboration or create
wildlife/ecological corridors connecting implemented. Consideration will also be partnerships among public and private
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new or expanded public/private (10) Dedicated Funding Source (2) Balance between large and small
partnerships? What mechanisms are Reviewers will consider if the State in projects, as defined in the Estuary
being used to establish the partnership, which the proposed project will be Habitat Restoration Strategy.
e.g., joint funding, shared monitoring, located has a dedicated source of (3) Geographic distribution of the
joint decision-making on adaptive funding to acquire or restore estuary projects.
management strategies? Is there a formal habitat, natural areas, and open spaces VIII. Project Selection and Notification
agreement, such as an MOU, between/ for the benefit of estuary habitat
among the partners as part of the The Secretary will select projects for
restoration or protection. funding from the Council’s prioritized
project? Also important is the extent to
which the project creates an opportunity (11) Supports Regional Restoration list of recommended projects after
for long-term partnerships among public Goals considering the criteria contained in
and private entities. Reviewers will evaluate the extent to section 104(c) of the Act, availability of
which the proposed project contributes funds and reasonable additional factors.
(7) Level of Contribution It is expected that the Secretary will
to meeting and/or strengthening the
Reviewers will consider the level and needs, goals, objectives and restoration select proposals for implementation
type (cash or in-kind) of Non-Federal priorities contained in regional approximately 100 days after the close
contribution. Providing more than the restoration plans, and the means that of this solicitation or 30 days after
minimum 35-percent share will be rated will be used to measure such progress. receiving the list from the Council,
favorably. It must be clear how much of whichever is later. The Non-Federal
the total project cost the Estuary Habitat (12) Supports Federal Plan Sponsor of each proposal will be
Restoration Program is expected to If the proposed project supports a notified of its status at the conclusion of
provide, how much is coming from Federal plan (examples of Federal plans the selection process. Staff from the
other Federal sources, how much is are listed in section 103(b)(B) of the appropriate Corps Districts will work
coming directly from the sponsor, and Act), reviewers will consider the extent with the Non-Federal Sponsor of each
how much is available or expected to be to which the project would contribute to selected project to develop the cost-
provided by other sources (either cash meeting and/or strengthening the plan’s sharing agreements and schedules for
or in-kind). needs, goals, objectives and restoration project implementation.
(8) Monitoring Plan priorities, and the means that will be IX. Project Application Form
used to measure such progress. Clarifications
Reviewers will consider the following
factors in evaluating the quality of the C. Priority Elements Most of the entries are relatively self-
monitoring plan: Section 104(c)(4) of the Act directs the explanatory, however, based on
(a) Linkage between the monitoring Secretary to give priority consideration experience some clarifying comments
methods and the project goals, to a project that merits selection based are provided to facilitate completion of
including success criteria, on the above criteria if it: the form.
(b) how results will be evaluated (1) Occurs within a watershed where A. Project name should be short but
(statistical comparison to baseline or there is a program being implemented unique and descriptive.
reference condition, trend analysis, or that addresses sources of pollution and B. Organization Point of Contact. The
other quantitative or qualitative other activities that otherwise would individual listed should be the person
approach), adversely affect the restored habitat; or that can answer project specific
(c) how baseline conditions will be (2) includes pilot testing or questions and will be the day-to-day
established for the parameters to be demonstration of an innovative contact for the project. This may be a
measured, technology having the potential to different individual than the individual
(d) if applicable, the use and selection achieve better restoration results than signing the Non-Federal certification.
of reference sites, where they are other technologies in current practice, C. Item 8. Funding and Partners. Post-
located, how they were chosen, and or comparable results at lower cost in construction costs including monitoring
whether they represent target conditions terms of energy, economics, or do not count as a cost share for projects
for the habitat or conditions at the site environmental impacts. funded under the Estuary Restoration
without restoration, The Council will also consider these Act and should not be included in the
(e) the appropriateness of the nature, priority elements in ranking proposals. estimated total project cost. In the table,
frequency, and timing of measurements list the share of the project cost being
D. Other Factors sought from the Estuary Habitat
and which areas will be sampled,
(f) provisions for adaptive In addition to considering the Restoration Program as from the Corps.
management, and data reporting, and composite ratings developed in the For this entry the ‘‘contribution type’’ is
(g) whether the length of the proposed evaluation process and the priority in-kind and the entire amount originates
monitoring plan is appropriate for the elements listed in C. above, the Council from a Federal funding source.
project goals. The minimum required will consider other factors when D. Include the name of the
monitoring period is five years. preparing its prioritized list for the organization as well as the title of the
Secretary’s use. These factors include individual signing the Non-Federal
(9) Multiple Benefits (but may not be limited to) the Sponsor certification.
In addition to the ecosystem benefits following: E. If submitting a proposal
discussed in criterion (1) above, restored (1) Readiness of the project for electronically, a hard copy of the Letter
estuary habitats may provide additional implementation. Among the factors to of Assurance and Certification may be
benefits. Among those the reviewers be considered when evaluating submitted if it is post-marked by the
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will consider are: flood damage readiness are the steps that must be closing date for this announcement and
reduction, protection from storm surge, taken prior to project implementation, the electronic submission has the text of
water quality and/or quantity for human potential delays to project the Letter of Assurance and Certification
uses, recreational opportunities, and implementation, and the status of real with an indication of the date signed
benefits to commercial fisheries. estate acquisition. and name/title/organization of the

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individual signing these documents. be submitted in separate e-mail ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is available for
The Letter of Assurance should be messages and/or envelopes. review in the Commission’s Public
addressed to ‘‘Chairman, Estuary Reference Room in Washington, DC.
Brenda S. Bowen,
Habitat Restoration Council’’ and sent to There is an ‘‘eSubscription’’ link on the
Army Federal Register Liaison Officer.
the address in Section X for hard copy Web site that enables subscribers to
[FR Doc. 07–3002 Filed 6–18–07; 8:45 am] receive e-mail notification when a
submittals.
BILLING CODE 3710–92–M document is added to a subscribed
F. In the project description section of
docket(s). For assistance with any FERC
the project application form the phrase
Online service, please e-mail
‘‘Estimated life cycle of the project’’ DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov, or call
refers to the functional life of the
(866) 208–3676 (toll free). For TTY, call
project. As an example a wetland may Federal Energy Regulatory (202) 502–8659.
fill with sediment over time and its Commission Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time
functionality diminished. The ‘‘life- [Docket No. PR07–14–000] June 27, 2007.
cycle’’ would be the number of years
until the project no longer provided the Bridgeline Holdings, L.P.; Notice of Kimberly D. Bose,
original benefits. Rate Filing Secretary.
G. The proposed project should only [FR Doc. E7–11740 Filed 6–18–07; 8:45 am]
June 12, 2007. BILLING CODE 6717–01–P
be described as innovative if the Non- Take notice that on June 1, 2007,
Federal Sponsor is requesting the Bridgeline Holdings, L.P. (Bridgeline)
special cost sharing for the incremental filed a petition for rate approval DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
costs of including testing of or a pursuant to section 284.123(b)(2) of the
demonstration of an innovative Commission’s regulations. Bridgeline Federal Energy Regulatory
technology as defined as defined in the requests the Commission to approve a Commission
application form. maximum interruptible rate of $0.3452 [Docket No. CP07–367–000]
X. Application Process per MMBtu, a maximum firm usage
charge of $0.2449 per MMBtu, a Columbia Gas Transmission
Proposal application forms are monthly reservation charge of $3.05 per Corporation; Notice of Application
available at http://www.usace.army.mil/ MMBtu, and fuel retention of 0.29
cw/cecwp/estuary_act/index.htm or by percent for transportation service under May 16, 2007.
contacting Ms. Ellen Cummings, section 311(a)(2) of the Natural Gas Take notice that on May 3, 2007,
Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Policy Act of 1978. Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation
Engineers, Washington, DC 20314–1000, Any person desiring to participate in (Columbia), 1700 MacCorkle Avenue,
(202) 761–4750, e-mail: this rate proceeding must file a motion SE., Charleston, West Virginia 25314,
Ellen.M.Cummings@usace.army.mil; or to intervene or to protest this filing must filed an application in Docket No.
Chip Smith, Office of the Assistant file in accordance with Rules 211 and CP07–367–000, pursuant to sections
Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), 214 of the Commission’s Rules of 7(b) and 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act for
Washington, DC (703) 693–3655, e-mail: Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 a certificate of public convenience and
Chip.Smith@HQDA.Army.Mil. The and 385.214). Protests will be necessity authorizing it to construct and
application form has been approved by considered by the Commission in operate facilities located in Ohio, West
OMB in compliance with the Paper determining the appropriate action to be Virginia, and Virginia, for its Eastern
Work Reduction Act and is OMB No. taken, but will not serve to make Market Expansion (EME) Project. This
protestants parties to the proceeding. filing is available for review at the
0710–0014 with an expiration date of
Any person wishing to become a party Commission in the Public Reference
04/30/2008. Electronic submissions are
must file a notice of intervention or Room or may be viewed on the
preferred and should be sent to
motion to intervene, as appropriate. Commission’s Web site at http://
estuary.restoration@usace.army.mil.
Such notices, motions, or protests must www.ferc.gov using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link.
Multiple e-mail messages may be
be filed on or before the date as Enter the docket number excluding the
required to ensure successful receipt if last three digits in the docket number
indicated below. Anyone filing an
the files exceed 4MB in size. Questions field to access the document. For
intervention or protest must serve a
may also be sent to the same e-mail assistance, please contact FERC Online
copy of that document on the Applicant.
address. Hard copy submissions may be Support at
Anyone filing an intervention or protest
sent or delivered to HQUSACE, ATTN: FERCOnlineSupport@ferc.gov or toll
on or before the intervention or protest
CECW–PB, 7701 Telegraph Road #3D72, date need not serve motions to intervene free at (866) 208–3676, or for TTY,
Alexandria, VA 22315–3860. The part of or protests on persons other than the contact (202) 502–8659.
the nomination prepared to address the Applicant. As part of the EME project, Columbia
‘‘proposal elements’’ portion of the The Commission encourages is seeking authorization to construct
application should be no more than electronic submission of protests and approximately 15.26 miles of pipeline,
twelve double-spaced pages, using a 10 interventions in lieu of paper using the drill 9 new wells and recondition 14
or 12-point font. Paper copies should be ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. existing wells at the Crawford, Coco A,
printed on one side only of an 8.5 in. Persons unable to file electronically and Coco C storage fields, install 12,280
X 11 in. page and not bound. Only one should submit an original and 14 copies horsepower at the Lanham, Lost River,
hard copy is required. A PC-compatible of the protest or intervention to the and Seneca compressor stations, and
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floppy disk or CD–ROM in either Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, upgrade various existing delivery
Microsoft Word or WordPerfect format 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC points. When completed, the facilities
may accompany the paper copy. 20426. will allow Columbia to provide up to
Nominations for multiple projects This filing is accessible on-line at 97,050 Dth per day of firm storage
submitted by the same applicant must http://www.ferc.gov, using the service, all as more fully set forth in the

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