Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Chesapeake Bay Watershed Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool, 70956-70957 [2019-27745]

Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 70956 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 247 / Thursday, December 26, 2019 / Notices requests and final reports, 10 hours; and annual reports, 5 hours. Burden Hours: 1,343. Needs and Uses: President Bush established the Papaha¯naumokua¯kea Marine National Monument (Monument) by issuing Presidential Proclamation 8031 (Proclamation) on June 15, 2006, (71 FR 36443, June 26, 2006) under the authority of the Antiquities Act (Act) (16 U.S.C. 431). The Proclamation reserves all lands and interests in lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI), including emergent and submerged lands and waters, out to a distance of approximately 50 nautical miles (nmi) from the islands. The boundaries of the Monument as described in Presidential Proclamation 8031 are 100 miles wide and extend approximately 1200 miles around coral islands, seamounts, banks, and shoals. The area includes the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve, the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and the Battle of Midway National Memorial. The Proclamation includes restrictions and prohibitions regarding activities in the Monument consistent with the authority provided by the Act. The Proclamation prohibits access to the Monument except when passing through the Monument without interruption or as allowed under a permit issued by the agencies. Vessels passing through the Monument without interruption are required to notify the agencies upon entering into and leaving the Monument. Individuals wishing to access the Monument to conduct certain regulated activities must first apply for and be granted a permit issued by the agencies pursuant to the Proclamation. Applicants must also certify compliance with certain vessel monitoring system requirements. The information submitted in permit applications will, in general, only be used at the time the application is submitted to make a final decision on the application. Some of the information may also be used subsequent to the initial decision making to inform management actions or decision making. For example, a survey of a project location by one permit applicant may be used by the agencies in the future to respond to a vessel grounding in the same area in addition to facilitating the agencies’ decision on that application. Information submitted in a report will be used to periodically assess the permittee’s compliance with permit terms and conditions and to VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Dec 23, 2019 Jkt 250001 assist in evaluating the appropriateness of the permitted activity. Affected Public: Individuals, nonprofit institutions; Federal, State, local, government, Native Hawaiian organizations; business or other forprofit organizations. Frequency: Permittees are required to submit a summary report due 30 days after the expiration of their permit; and an annual report due by 12/31 for each year their permit is active. Respondent’s Obligation: Required to retain benefits. This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2019–27738 Filed 12–23–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XV158] The webinar meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Registration information will be posted on the Council’s website at https:// safmc.net/safmc-meetings/currentadvisory-panel-meetings/ as it becomes available. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Amendment 11 to the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan for the South Atlantic Region The draft regulatory amendment addresses transit provisions for shrimp vessels through federal waters that are closed to shrimp harvest due to cold weather. Advisory panel members will receive an overview of the amendment from Council staff, discuss, and provide recommendations as appropriate. Special Accommodations The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office (see ADDRESSES) 5 days prior to the public meeting. Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 19, 2019. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–27811 Filed 12–23–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a joint advisory panel meeting. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration AGENCY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a joint meeting of its Law Enforcement Advisory Panel, Deepwater Shrimp Advisory Panel, and Shrimp Advisory Panel via webinar to discuss proposed management action in Shrimp Amendment 11. DATES: The webinar meeting will be held on January 17, 2020, at 10 a.m. ADDRESSES: Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N Charleston, SC 29405. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, SAFMC; phone: (843) 571–4366 or toll free (866) SAFMC–10; fax: (843) 769– 4520; email: kim.iverson@safmc.net. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Chesapeake Bay Watershed Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: To ensure consideration, written or on-line comments must be submitted on or before February 24, 2020. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Adrienne Thomas, PRA Officer, NOAA, 151 Patton Avenue, Room 159, Asheville, NC 28801 (or via the internet SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 247 / Thursday, December 26, 2019 / Notices at PRAcomments@doc.gov). All comments received are part of the public record. Comments will generally be posted without change. All Personally Identifiable Information (for example, name and address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Shannon Sprague, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 207, Annapolis, MD 21403, 410–267–5664 or shannon.sprague@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Abstract The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool (ELIT) was developed to monitor public school districts’ capacity and progress towards meeting the environmental literacy goal of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement (http:// www.chesapeakebay.net/documents/ ChesapeakeBayWatershedAgreemenet FINAL.pdf): ‘‘Enable every student in the region to graduate with the knowledge and skills to act responsibly to protect and restore their local watershed.’’ The signatories of the Agreement included the mayor of the District of Columbia and the governors of the states of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The general statutory authority for this program is the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq. NOAA, on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay Program, will ask the state education agencies for Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to survey their local education agencies (LEAs) to determine: (1) LEA capacity to implement a comprehensive and systematic approach to environmental literacy education, (2) student participation in Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences during the school year, (3) sustainability practices at schools, and (4) LEA needs for improving environmental literacy education programming. LEAs (generally school districts, in some cases charter school administration) are asked to complete the survey on the status of their LEA on a set of key indicators for the four areas listed above. One individual from each LEA is asked to VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Dec 23, 2019 Jkt 250001 complete this survey once every two years. In addition to monitoring progress on the environmental literacy goal of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, the information collected will inform several Chesapeake Bay Program partner agencies’ work to support the school districts’ environmental literacy education efforts. The results of the biennial ELIT survey will be analyzed and reported to the internal stakeholders of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. Participating states will receive a summarized report of findings for the full watershed, a summary of findings for their state, and comparisons of results between states. These aggregated results will be used by the state agencies to understand progress of their school districts over time, and to inform decision-making about strategies and priorities for future work with school districts. The biennial reporting will also be used by the Chesapeake Bay Program to understand progress of school districts in the watershed, understand differences between jurisdictions, and guide strategy for providing targeted support in each state. State agencies and other stakeholders will also have access to the responses of each public school district, which they will use to customize outreach and support to a particular school district, based on their status and needs. II. Method of Collection Respondents will submit their information electronically on web-based survey forms. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0753. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal government (local education agencies); Not-for-profit organizations (charter schools). Estimated Number of Respondents: 983. Estimated Time per Response: 1.5 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,106. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/reporting costs. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70957 whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Sheleen Dumas, Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2019–27745 Filed 12–23–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Estuary Habitat Restoration Program Inventory. OMB Control Number: 0648–0479. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular (extension of a currently approved collection). Number of Respondents: 6. Average Hours per Response: 4 hours for each new project; 2 hours for updates. Burden Hours: 18. Needs and Uses: The Estuary Restoration Act (ERA) of 2000 (Act) was signed into law in November 2000 and makes restoring our nation’s estuaries a national priority by leveraging limited federal resources with state, local, and private funding. As part of the Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is required to develop and maintain a database of estuary restoration projects. The purpose of the database is to provide information to improve restoration methods, provide information for E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Chesapeake Bay 
Watershed Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing 
information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 
1995.

DATES: To ensure consideration, written or on-line comments must be 
submitted on or before February 24, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Adrienne Thomas, PRA Officer, 
NOAA, 151 Patton Avenue, Room 159, Asheville, NC 28801 (or via the 
internet

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at [email protected]). All comments received are part of the public 
record. Comments will generally be posted without change. All 
Personally Identifiable Information (for example, name and address) 
voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do 
not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or 
protected information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Shannon Sprague, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn 
Avenue, Suite 207, Annapolis, MD 21403, 410-267-5664 or 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool 
(ELIT) was developed to monitor public school districts' capacity and 
progress towards meeting the environmental literacy goal of the 2014 
Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement (http://www.chesapeakebay.net/documents/ChesapeakeBayWatershedAgreemenetFINAL.pdf): ``Enable every 
student in the region to graduate with the knowledge and skills to act 
responsibly to protect and restore their local watershed.'' The 
signatories of the Agreement included the mayor of the District of 
Columbia and the governors of the states of Delaware, Maryland, New 
York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The general statutory 
authority for this program is the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.
    NOAA, on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay Program, will ask the state 
education agencies for Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, West 
Virginia, and the District of Columbia to survey their local education 
agencies (LEAs) to determine: (1) LEA capacity to implement a 
comprehensive and systematic approach to environmental literacy 
education, (2) student participation in Meaningful Watershed 
Educational Experiences during the school year, (3) sustainability 
practices at schools, and (4) LEA needs for improving environmental 
literacy education programming. LEAs (generally school districts, in 
some cases charter school administration) are asked to complete the 
survey on the status of their LEA on a set of key indicators for the 
four areas listed above. One individual from each LEA is asked to 
complete this survey once every two years.
    In addition to monitoring progress on the environmental literacy 
goal of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, the information 
collected will inform several Chesapeake Bay Program partner agencies' 
work to support the school districts' environmental literacy education 
efforts.
    The results of the biennial ELIT survey will be analyzed and 
reported to the internal stakeholders of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed 
Agreement. Participating states will receive a summarized report of 
findings for the full watershed, a summary of findings for their state, 
and comparisons of results between states. These aggregated results 
will be used by the state agencies to understand progress of their 
school districts over time, and to inform decision-making about 
strategies and priorities for future work with school districts.
    The biennial reporting will also be used by the Chesapeake Bay 
Program to understand progress of school districts in the watershed, 
understand differences between jurisdictions, and guide strategy for 
providing targeted support in each state.
    State agencies and other stakeholders will also have access to the 
responses of each public school district, which they will use to 
customize outreach and support to a particular school district, based 
on their status and needs.

II. Method of Collection

    Respondents will submit their information electronically on web-
based survey forms.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0753.
    Form Number(s): None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current 
information collection).
    Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal government (local 
education agencies); Not-for-profit organizations (charter schools).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 983.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1.5 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,106.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/
reporting costs.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) 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; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2019-27745 Filed 12-23-19; 8:45 am]
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