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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK00 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Endangered and Threatened Species: Designation of Nonessential Experimental Population Central Valley Spring-Run Chinook Salmon in the Upper Yuba River Upstream of Englebright Dam, CA 

There are ongoing reintroduction efforts for Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon in the upper Yuba River.  To facilitate reintroduction and address landowner and other stakeholder concerns in regards to Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation needs, this rulemaking action would: (a) designate and authorize the release of a nonessential experimental population of Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon under ESA section 10(j) in the upper Yuba River and its tributaries upstream of Englebright Dam, California; and (b) establish protective regulations under ESA section 4(d) for the nonessential experimental population in the designated area with broader exceptions to ESA take prohibitions for unintentional incidental take that results from an otherwise lawful activity. As a result, should any reintroduction occur, the standard ESA section 7(a)(2) consultation requirements would not apply to Federal agency actions affecting the nonessential experimental population. Additionally, unintentional incidental take from otherwise lawful activities (such as water management, forestry, power generation, etc.) would not be prohibited. This rulemaking action may lead to some minor beneficial impacts due to increased tourism and recreation in the upper Yuba River.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 223   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/11/2020  85 FR 79980   
NPRM Comment Period End  01/11/2021 
NPRM Comment Period Extended  01/12/2021  86 FR 2372   
Extension Comment Period End  03/12/2021 
Final Action  06/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kim Damon-Randall
Director, Office of Protected Resources
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8400