[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 210 (Thursday, October 30, 2014)]
[Pages 64591-64592]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-25752]



[EPA-HQ-ORD-2013-0448; FRL-9917-71-OEI]

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and 
Approval; Comment Request; Willingness To Pay Survey for Salmon 
Recovery in the Willamette Watershed (New)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an 
information collection request (ICR), ``Willingness to Pay Survey for 
Salmon Recovery in the Willamette Watershed (New)'' (EPA ICR No. 
2489.01, OMB Control No. 2080-NEW) to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a request for approval 
of a new collection. Public comments were previously requested via the 
Federal Register (78 FR 39282) on July 1, 2013 during a 60-day comment 
period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public 
comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its 
estimated burden and cost to the public. 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.

DATES: Additional comments may be submitted on or before December 1, 

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-
ORD-2013-0448, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our 
preferred method), by email to [email protected] or by mail to: EPA 
Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB via email to 
[email protected]. Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for 
    EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the 
public docket without change including any

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personal information provided, unless the comment includes profanity, 
threats, information claimed to be Confidential Business Information 
(CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael Papenfus, Environmental 
Protection Agency, Office of Research & Development, Western Ecology 
Division, 200 SW 35th St., Corvallis, Oregon 97333; email address: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supporting documents which explain in detail 
the information that the EPA will be collecting are available in the 
public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at 
www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, 
Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone 
number for the Docket Center is 202-566-1744. For additional 
information about EPA's public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets.
    Abstract: The USEPA Office of Research and Development is 
investigating public values for options of salmon recovery in the 
Willamette Watershed in western Oregon. These values will be estimated 
via a willingness to pay mail survey instrument. Two anadromous fish 
species in the Willamette watershed are federally listed as threatened 
species; Spring Chinook, and Winter steelhead. The survey focuses on 
two attributes of recovery for these fish: The recovery status; and the 
time to recovery. A choice experiment framework is used with 
statistically designed tradeoff questions, where recovery options are 
posed as increases in a yearly household tax. The choice experiment is 
designed to allow independent isolation of the value of recovery and of 
time to recovery. A few additional questions to further understand the 
motivations for respondent choices, their river-related recreation 
behavior, and their attitudes towards wild origin versus hatchery 
origin fish are also included. Limited sociodemographic questions are 
included to gauge how well the sample respondents represent the target 
population. The survey will be fielded to Oregon residents.
    Form Numbers: None.
    Respondents/affected entities: Individuals.
    Respondent's obligation to respond: Voluntary.
    Estimated number of respondents: 1,000 (total).
    Frequency of response: Once.
    Total estimated burden: 500 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 
5 CFR 1320.03(b).
    Total estimated cost: $8,620 (per year), includes $0 annualized 
capital or operation & maintenance costs.
    Changes in the Estimates: This is a new collection.

Courtney Kerwin,
Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
[FR Doc. 2014-25752 Filed 10-29-14; 8:45 am]