[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 56 (Wednesday, March 23, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Page 16443]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-6798]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

U.S. Geological Survey

[USGS-GX11CY00STF0000]


Proposed Information Collection: Strengthening the Scientific 
Understanding of Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Resources of the 
United States

AGENCY: United States Geological Survey (USGS), Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: An interagency team of Federal agencies with freshwater 
resource management responsibilities is seeking public review and 
comment on a draft report to Congress titled ``Strengthening the 
Scientific Understanding of Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater 
Resources of the United States.''
    The draft report reviews key issues related to freshwater resource 
data and climate change and identifies next steps to improve the 
Nation's capacity to detect and predict changes in freshwater resources 
that are likely to result from a changing climate. It was prepared in 
response to Section 9506 of Public Law 111-11 by an interagency team of 
water data program managers and scientists.
    The interagency team cooperated with the Subcommittee on Water 
Availability and Quality (SWAQ), an interagency subcommittee of the 
National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Environment 
Natural Resources, and Sustainability (CENRS) and the Interagency 
Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and its Water Resources Workgroup. 
The interagency team also collaborated with a range of interested 
parties including the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI). 
This draft report was prepared for public review and comment and is 
available on the Internet at http://www.acwi.climate/freshwater/report 
along with a link for providing comments.

DATES: Please submit comment on or before April 22, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by:
     E-mail: tschertz@usgs.gov. Include ``9506 Report'' in the 
subject line of the message.
     Mail: Send the original and three copies of your comments 
to: T. Schertz, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 
412, Reston, VA 20192.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  T. Schertz, 703-648-6864, 
tschertz@usgs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    Information is collected from the public regarding the distribution 
of a draft report to Congress titled ``Strengthening the Scientific 
Understanding of Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Resources of the 
United States.'' An interagency team of Federal agencies with 
freshwater resource management responsibilities is seeking public 
review and comment on the draft report. The draft report reviews key 
issues related to freshwater resource data and climate change and 
identifies next steps to improve the Nation's capacity to detect and 
predict changes in freshwater resources that are likely to result from 
a changing climate. It was prepared in response to Section 9506 of 
Public Law 111-11 by an interagency team of water data program 
managers. The interagency team cooperated with the Subcommittee on 
Water Availability and Quality (SWAQ), an interagency subcommittee of 
the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on 
Environment Natural Resources, and Sustainability (CENRS) and the 
Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and its Water 
Resources Workgroup. The interagency team also collaborated with a 
range of interested parties including the Advisory Committee on Water 
Information (ACWI).
    This draft report was prepared for public review and comment and is 
available on the Internet at http://www.acwi.climate/freshwater/report 
along with a link for providing comments.
    Type of Request: This is an existing collection in use without an 
OMB control number or expiration date.
    Affected Public: State and local government employees and private 
individuals.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 500.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 500.
    Estimated Time per Response: 60 minutes.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 500 hours.

    Dated: March 11, 2011.
Jerad Bales,
Chief of Science and Research for Water, U.S. Geological Survey.
[FR Doc. 2011-6798 Filed 3-22-11; 8:45 am]
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