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July 1 -- The U.S. Geological Survey, Interior invites comments to OMB by August 1, 2022 regarding a new data collection on Water Resources Management-Institutional Resiliency and Data Delivery Needs.

The United States is facing growing challenges related to the availability of water due to shifting demographics, aging water-delivery infrastructure, and the impacts of climate change, which include flood and drought. Working with incomplete knowledge, managers must consider the needs of various demographic groups and economic sectors when making management decisions as well as when responding to emergencies. We will collect information regarding the decision-making process, data, and data format needs to support daily, short-term, and long-term decision-making. Information will also be sought on the resiliency of water-resource management institutions. A lack of resiliency within water institutions can lead to poor decision-making and outcomes that produce conflict between water-use sectors, states, or communities and ultimately may led to crises.
This information will support the delivery of appropriate data, in appropriate formats, at the right time for decision-making and support recommendation on how water-resource institutions can be more resilient in the face of the many water-resources challenges the nation currently faces. This information collection will include two separate surveys—one with a focus on data delivery needs and one with a focus on institutional resilience and two separate sets of interviews—one with a focus on data delivery needs and one with a focus on institutional resiliency.
The information will be used by the USGS – Water Resources Mission Area to: 1) develop metrics of institutional resiliency in water resource management institutions; and 2) develop an understanding of data delivery needs of users of water data and information to support the development of data delivery and decision support tools.

We anticipate publishing the findings of this information collection as a scientific journal article – with accompanying U. S. Geological Survey data release via the Science base online platform, a summary report for participating stakeholders, and presentations at scientific conferences (e.g., American Geophysical Union [AGU]).
USGS Water Resources: https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources
USGS submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202109-1028-001 Click IC List for data collection instruments, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this webpage.
FR notice: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-14114

For AEA members wishing to submit comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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