Proposed Collection; Comment Request

CourtCorps Of Engineers
Citation86 FR 22639
Publication Date29 Apr 2021
Record Number2021-08986
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 81 (Thursday, April 29, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 81 (Thursday, April 29, 2021)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 22639-22640]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2021-08986]
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                DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
                Corps of Engineers
                [Docket ID: USA-2021-HQ-0007]
                Proposed Collection; Comment Request
                AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army,
                Department of Defense (DoD).
                ACTION: Information collection notice.
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                SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the
                U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces a proposed public information
                collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments
                are invited on: whether the proposed collection of information is
                necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency,
                including whether the information shall have practical utility; the
                accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed
                information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and
                clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the
                burden of the information collection on respondents, including through
                the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of
                information technology.
                DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by June 28,
                2021.
                ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and
                title, by any of the following methods:
                 Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the
                instructions for submitting comments.
                 Mail: The Department of Defense (DoD) cannot receive written
                comments at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Comments should be
                sent electronically to the docket listed above.
                 Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency
                name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The
                general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the
                public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the
                internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without
                change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on this
                proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and
                associated collection instruments, please write to U.S. Army Corps of
                Engineers, Charleston District, 69 Hagood Ave, Charleston, SC 29412,
                ATTN: George Ebai, or call 843-329-8068.
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                 Title; Associated Form; and OMB Number: Puerto Rico Beach
                Recreation Value and Benefits Surveys; OMB Control Number 0710-XXXX.
                 Needs and Uses: The purpose of this study is to employ necessary
                methods of welfare economics for analyzing the net economic value of
                beach re-nourishment. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Principle
                and Guidelines stipulates that when beach visitation exceeds the
                750,000 annual visitation threshold, contingent valuation (CV) or
                travel cost method (TCM) are the required metrics for measuring
                benefits accruing from recreation. This study will produce empirical
                estimates of economic value of beach replenishment, focusing on
                recreation value, how recreation value varies with programmatic
                attributes, and economic impacts stemming from changes in recreation
                and recreation value. This study will employ utility-theoretic micro-
                econometric models, with revealed and stated preference data, and will
                focus on San Juan, Puerto Rico. This project is being undertaken under
                the authority for the Puerto Rico Coastal Study and the San Juan Metro
                Area, Puerto Rico Study is Section 204 of the River and Harbor Act of
                1970, Public Law 91-611, which authorizes the Secretary of the Army,
                acting though the Chief of Engineers, to prepare plans for the
                development, utilization and conservation of water and related land
                resources of drainage basins and coastal areas in the Commonwealth of
                Puerto Rico. The initial project scope also included data collection in
                Dade County FL, Pinellas County FL, Collier County FL, and Folly Beach
                SC. The COVID-19
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                pandemic prohibited the USACE from collecting the necessary information
                onsite. An alternative data source was found for those counties, but
                these data do not provide information on Puerto Rico beaches. Thus, the
                project scope has been modified to assess beach visitation and erosion
                management preferences for both Puerto Rico residents and U.S. visitors
                to Puerto Rico.
                 Affected Public: Individuals and Households.
                 Annual Burden Hours: 512.5
                 Number of Respondents: 2050
                 Responses per Respondent: 1
                 Annual Responses: 2050
                 Average Burden per Response: 15 minutes
                 Frequency: On occasion.
                 Eligible respondents for this survey are individuals 18 years of
                age or older that reside in Puerto Rico or have taken a trip to the
                Caribbean since 2016. Puerto Rico residents comprise the target
                population for the domestic survey. The majority of international
                tourist visits to Puerto Rico (in excess of 90%) originate in the
                United States, so our tourism sample focuses on US households that have
                taken a trip to the Caribbean since 2016. We are utilizing on online
                panel of respondents that is managed using scientific sampling
                properties to provide a rotating panel of respondents that closely
                resemble the population of interest. If approved, the survey will be
                administered online to a total of 2,050 beach recreationists,
                consisting of 1,050 responses from citizens of Puerto Rico and 1,000
                from US tourists that travel to Puerto Rico via air or cruise.
                 Dated: April 26, 2021.
                Kayyonne T. Marston,
                Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
                [FR Doc. 2021-08986 Filed 4-28-21; 8:45 am]
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