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Sept 22 -- The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce, invites comments by November 21, 2022 on its  Economic Valuation of Natural and Nature-Based Infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico.

Pursuant to H.R. 3684 (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act) and the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), this request is for a revision and extension of an information collection. This information collection will focus on a different geographical location (Gulf of Mexico (GoM)) and include focus groups, which will help guide any revisions necessary to the survey instrument. The title of the collection is being changed to reflect this revision.

The National Ocean Service (NOS) proposes to collect data on the opinions, values, and attitudes of GoM residents relative to natural and nature-based infrastructure for the purpose of shoreline stabilization or habitat restoration. Respondents (age 18 years and older) will be randomly sampled from households in GoM coastal counties. This information will be used by NOAA, state and local decision-makers, and others to assess the value, benefits, and perceived efficacy of federal investments in habitat restoration and/or climate adaptation projects that use natural or nature-based infrastructure. NOAA has a vested interest in the potential use of natural and nature-based infrastructure, from many perspectives, including as it relates to the resilience, well-being, and sustainability of coastal communities.
National Ocean Service: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/
Draft information collection instruments and technical documentation requested of NOAA by AEAStat.
Prior 2020 OMB approval: Economic Analysis of Shoreline Treatment Options for Coastal New Hampshire: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202105-0648-011
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-20481

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