Agency Information Collection Activities; Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Sighting Reporting Form and Alert Registration Form

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 135 (Monday, July 15, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 135 (Monday, July 15, 2019)]
[Pages 33776-33777]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-14916]
Geological Survey
[GX19MR00G74E400; OMB Control Number 1028-0098]
Agency Information Collection Activities; Nonindigenous Aquatic
Species Sighting Reporting Form and Alert Registration Form
AGENCY: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we,
the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are proposing to renew an information
DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before
September 13, 2019.
ADDRESSES: Send your comments on this information collection request
(ICR) by mail to U.S. Geological Survey, Information Collections
Officer, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 159, Reston, VA 20192; or by
email to [email protected]. Please reference
[[Page 33777]]
OMB Control Number 1028-0098 in the subject line of your comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information
about this ICR, contact Matthew Neilson by email at [email protected],
or by telephone at (352) 264-3519.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction
Act of 1995, we provide the general public and other Federal agencies
with an opportunity to comment on new, proposed, revised, and
continuing collections of information. This helps us assess the impact
of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's
reporting burden. It also helps the public understand our information
collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired
    We are soliciting comments on the proposed ICR that is described
below. We are especially interested in public comment addressing the
following issues: (1) Is the collection necessary to the proper
functions of the USGS; (2) will this information be processed and used
in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how
might the USGS enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the
information to be collected; and (5) how might the USGS minimize the
burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use
of information technology.
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of
public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request
to OMB to approve this ICR. Before including your address, phone
number, email address, or other personal identifying information in
your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment--including
your personal identifying information--may be made publicly available
at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot
guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    Abstract: America is under siege by many harmful non-native species
of plants, animals, and microorganisms. More than 6,500 nonindigenous
species are now established in the United States, posing risks to
native species, valued ecosystems, and human and wildlife health. These
invaders extract a huge cost, an estimated $120 billion per year, to
mitigate their harmful impacts. The current annual environmental,
economic, and health-related costs of invasive species exceed those of
all other natural disasters combined.
    Through its Invasive Species Program (, the USGS plays an important role in
federal efforts to combat invasive species in natural and semi-natural
areas through early detection and assessment of newly established
invaders; monitoring of invading populations; and improving
understanding of the ecology of invaders and factors in the resistance
of habitats to invasion. The USGS provides the tools, technology, and
information supporting efforts to prevent, contain, control, and manage
invasive species nationwide. To meet user needs, the USGS also develops
methods for compiling and synthesizing accurate and reliable data and
information on invasive species for inclusion in a distributed and
integrated web-based information system.
    As part of the USGS Invasive Species Program, the Nonindigenous
Aquatic Species (NAS) database ( functions as a
repository and clearinghouse for occurrence information on
nonindigenous aquatic species from across the United States. It
contains locality information on approximately 1,300 species of
vertebrates, invertebrates, and vascular plants introduced since 1850.
Taxa include foreign species as well as those native to North America
that have been transported outside of their natural range. The NAS
website provides immediate access to new occurrence records through a
real-time interface with the NAS database. Visitors to the website can
use a set of predefined queries to obtain lists of species according to
state or hydrologic basin of interest. Fact sheets, distribution maps,
and information on new occurrences are continually posted and updated.
Dynamically generated species distribution maps show the spatial
accuracy of the locations reported, population status, and links to
more information about each report.
    Title of Collection: Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Sighting
Reporting Form and Alert Registration Form.
    OMB Control Number: 1028-0098.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
    Respondents/Affected Public: State and local government employees,
university personnel, and private individuals.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: We estimate
approximately 350 respondents per year for the sighting report form
(some respondents will submit multiple reports per year), and 50
respondents (i.e., new registrations) per year for the alert
registration form.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: We estimate 600
responses per year for the sighting report form, and 50 responses
(i.e., new registrations) per year for the alert registration form.
    Estimated Completion Time per Response: We estimate 3 minutes for
the sighting report form, and 1 minute for the alert registration form.
    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: We estimate 30 hours
for the sighting report form, and 1 hour for the alert registration
form; a total of 31 hours for the two forms.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Total Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: None.
    An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required
to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a
currently valid OMB control number.
    The authority for this action is the Paperwork Reduction Act of
1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq).
Kenneth Rice,
Center Director.
[FR Doc. 2019-14916 Filed 7-12-19; 8:45 am]