Evaluation and Response to Public Comments on Groundwater Modeling Analysis
A number of detailed comments were received on the DEIS, related to the use of the groundwater model. The most technical of these comments were contained in a report by Dr. Bob Prucha, under the auspices of the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition et al comment letter.
The purpose of this process memorandum is to detail the process used to evaluate these comments, the decisions made by the Tonto National Forest with respect to addressing the comments, and the rationale for those decisions.
Garrett, C. 2020e. Evaluation and Response to Public Comments on Groundwater Modeling Analysis. Process memorandum to file. Phoenix, Arizona: SWCA Environmental Consultants. October 6.
Email Address Created for Land Exchange Questions
The Southwestern Region Office of Lands and Minerals Management is overseeing and administering the land exchange and appraisal process which includes the 2,422-acre Oak Flat Federal Parcel. All questions about the land exchange and appraisal process should be emailed to SM.FS.email@example.com
Programmatic Agreement Info
To comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Tonto National Forest developed a Programmatic Agreement (PA) and included it in Volume 5, Appendix O of the final EIS. The PA was created in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the State Historic Preservation Office, tribes and other consulting parties. The PA contains an agreed upon process for identifying, evaluating and addressing adverse effects to historic properties associated with this undertaking.
To review Volume 5 and the PA, Download Vol 5 PDF, 27 MB.