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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BH85 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Designation of Nonessential Experimental Populations of Sacramento River Winter-Run Chinook Salmon and Central Valley Spring-Run Chinook Salmon 
Abstract: The Bureau of Reclamation plans to release Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in the upper Sacramento and McCloud Rivers above Shasta Dam for species recovery purposes. This action proposes to designate the fish released as nonessential experimental populations under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act. The proposed nonessential experimental populations are not expected to have a significant impact because the section 7(a)(2) consultation requirement would not apply to Federal agency actions affecting the experimental populations. Additionally, take that is incidental to an otherwise lawful activity and is not willful, knowing, or due to negligence would not be prohibited. Otherwise lawful activities include, but are not limited to, agricultural, water management, power generation, construction, recreation, fishing, or forestry practices, when such activities are in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Similarly, take caused by any activity taken pursuant to a permit issued by NMFS under section 10 of the Endangered Species Act would not be prohibited. Aid, disposal, and salvage of fish by authorized personnel acting in compliance with threatened marine and anadromous species regulations would also not be prohibited. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 223   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Donna Wieting
Director, Office of Protected Resources
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8400