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131 / Monday, July 10, 2006 / Notices

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR solicit comments on this proposed and Federal Lands to Parks Program will
information collection on March 29, conduct surveys to assess client
National Park Service 2006 on pages 15759–15760. There was satisfaction with the services received
one public comment received as a result and to identify needed program
30-Day Notice of Intention To Request of publishing in the Federal Register a improvements. The NPS goal in
Clearance of Collection of Information 60-day Notice of Intention to Request conducting these surveys is to use the
to the Office of Management and Clearance of Collection of Information information to identify areas of strength
Budget; Opportunity for Public for this survey. Comments were also and weakness in its recreation and
Comment solicited from 28 past partners and two conservation assistance programs, to
AGENCY: National Park Service, The responses were received. Both provide an information base for
Department of the Interior. respondents indicated that they had no improving those programs, and to
ACTION: Notice and request for comments so no adjustments were made provide a required performance
comments. to the survey. measurement (Goal IIIb2 of the National
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Titles: Park Service Strategic Plan) under the
SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Park Service Partnership Government Performance and Results
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. Assistance Programs’ GPRA Information Act.
L. 104–13, 44 U.S.C., chapter 3507) and Collections: Rivers, Trails and Public comments are invited on: (1)
5 CFR Part 1320, Reporting and Record Conservation Assistance Customer The need for information including
keeping Requirements, the National Satisfaction Survey and Federal Lands whether the information has practical
Park Service invites public comments to Parks Customer Satisfaction Survey. utility; (2) the accuracy of the reporting
on a submitted request to the Office of Form: None. burden estimate; (3) ways to enhance
Management and Budget (OMB) to OMB Number: NPS 1024–0226. the quality, utility, and clarity of the
approve a request to reinstate, with Expiration Date: To be requested. information to be collected; and (4)
change, a previously approved Type of request: Reinstatement, with ways to minimize the burden of
collection for which approval has change, of a previously approved information collection on respondents,
expired (OMB #1024–0226). collection for which approval has including the use of automated
The OMB has up to 60 days to expired. collection techniques or other forms of
approve or disapprove the requested Description of need: The Government information technology.
information collection, but may respond Performance and Results Act requires
after 30 days. Therefore, to ensure Description of respondents: The
Federal agencies to prepare annual potential respondents will be all contact
maximum consideration, OMB should performance reports documenting the
receive public comments within 30 days persons of all principal cooperating
progress made toward achieving long- organizations and agencies which have
of the date on which this notice is
term goals. The National Park Service received substantial assistance from the
published in the Federal Register.
needs the information in the proposed Rivers, Trails and Conservation
DATES: Public comments will be collections to assess the annual progress
accepted on or before August 9, 2006. Assistance Program or the Federal
being made toward meeting Long-term Lands to Parks Program during the prior
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments Goal IIIb2 of the National Park Service Fiscal Year (October 1 through
directly to the Desk Officer for the Strategic Plan. The information sought September 30).
Department of the Interior (OMB #1024– is not collected elsewhere by the
0226), Office of Information and Estimated average number of
Federal Government. The proposed respondents: 255. See the chart below
Regulatory Affairs, OMB, by fax at (202) information collections impose no data
395–6566, or by e-mail at oira_docket for a breakdown by each information
collection or record keeping burden on collection.
@omb.eop.gov. Please also mail or hand the potential respondents. Responding
carry a copy of your comments to Cyndi Estimated average number of
to the proposed collections is voluntary
Szymanski, Outdoor Recreation Planner, responses: 150. See the chart below for
and is based on data that the
Rivers, Trails and Conservation a breakdown by each information
respondents already collect and/or
Assistance Program, National Park collection
personal opinion. The National Park
Service, 1849 C Street, NW., (org code Service needs information to help Estimated average burden hours per
2220), Washington, DC 20240. all evaluate and improve its partnership response: 10 minutes. See the chart
comments will be a matter of public assistance programs. below for a breakdown by each
record. Specifically two information information collection.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: collections will be carried out pursuant Frequency of Response: One time per
Cyndi Szymanski, Outdoor Recreation to the Government Performance and publication or technical assistance
Planner, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Results Act and the NPS Strategic Plan. event.
Assistance Program, National Park Both of the proposed information Estimated annual reporting burden:
Service, 1849 C Street, NW., (org code collections are surveys of customer 25 hours. See the chart below for a
2220), Washington, DC 20240. satisfaction of certain NPS programs and breakdown by each information
The National Park Service published types of assistance. NPS’ Rivers, Trails collection.
the 60-day Federal Register notice to and Conservation Assistance Program Estimated number of:

Average time
Information collection Respondents Responses per response Hours
(min.)
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Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program ................................................... 200 120 10 20


Federal Lands to Parks Programs ................................................................................. 55 30 10 5

Subtotal ................................................................................................................... 255 150 10 25

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Dated: June 27, 2006. a biologically and culturally important to three new groundwater wells in the
Leonard E. Stowe, mesquite bosque. Texas Springs Syncline and would treat
National Park Service Information and The existing water collection system potable water using a reverse osmosis
Collection Clearance Officer. was installed in the 1970’s and has been water treatment plant. Riparian water
[FR Doc. 06–6070 Filed 7–7–06; 8:45 am] unreliable, subject to failure, and is would be released from all of Travertine
nearing the end of its useful life span. Springs and Texas Springs to restore
BILLING CODE 4312–52–M
Many of the existing collection galleries historic wetland and riparian habitat.
have intermittently tested positive for The restoration effort would include the
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR coliform or E. coli bacteria, experienced incorporation of riparian water release
unpredictable inputs of soil or organic measures that would reduce erosion and
National Park Service matter, intermittently and unpredictably promote groundwater infiltration. Based
produced reduced volumes of water, on existing information and as
Final Environment Impact Statement and collected groundwater that does not documented in the EIS, Alternative 3
for Reconstruction of the Furnace meet state drinking water standards. has been deemed to be the
Creek Water Collection System, Death When the system was installed ‘‘environmentally preferable’’
Valley National Park, Inyo County, CA; approximately 30 years ago, there was alternative.
Notice of Availability an incomplete understanding of the Alternative 4 would provide potable
Furnace Creek area’s unique biological water from Tavertine Springs Lines 2, 3,
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National resource values, and water conservation and 4 and from Texas Springs and
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of strategies were not a priority. would treat water using a reverse
1969 (Pub. L. 91–190, § 102(2)(c), and The park proposed to rebuild the osmosis water treatment plant with
the Council on Environmental Quality antiquated water collection system in supplemental water disinfection. Since
regulations for implementing NEPA (40 the Furnace Creek area to deliver safe the NPS would treat all potable water
CFR 1500–1508), the U.S. Department of and reliable drinking water to the park’s under this alternative, Travertine
the Interior, National Park Service, and main visitor use area and provide Springs would not require
its cooperating agency have completed separate delivery systems for potable reconstruction of spring collection
the Final Environmental Impact and nonpotable water. As part of the boxes or clearing and grubbing of
Statement (FEIS) for the proposed redevelopment of the Furnace Creek vegetation from the spring water
reconstruction of the Furnace Creek water collection system, the proposal collection areas. Riparian water would
Water Collection System. This water would include restoring historic be released from Travertine Springs
collection system reconstruction project wetland and riparian habitat and Line 1 and from Texas Springs to restore
is located in the Furnace Creek area of providing for the long-term conservation historic wetland and riparian habitat.
Death Valley National Park, California. of species endemic to the Furnace Creek The restoration effort would include the
The proposed project would rebuild the area. incorporation of riparian water release
outdated water collection system in the measures that would reduce erosion and
Proposal and Alternatives
Furnace Creek area to deliver a safe and promote groundwater infiltration.
The Draft EIS identified and analyzed
reliable potable and nonpotable water four alternatives for reconstruction of Project Planning Background
supply to the park’s main visitor use the Furnace Creek Water Collection Public and agency participation has
area. The FEIS was prepared in System; these alternatives are not been incorporated in this conservation
accordance with the National Park substantially modified in the FEIS. The planning and environmental impact
Service NEPA guidelines (Director’s first alternative, the No Action analysis process.
Order 12). Alternative, would result in continued Death Valley National Park held
Background operation and maintenance of the public scoping and informal meetings in
existing water collection system. This 2001 through 2004 to solicit ideas and
The National Park Service (NPS), alternative also composes an concerns from park visitors, park staff,
Xanterra Parks & Resorts (Xanterra), and environmental ‘‘baseline’’ from which to Native American groups, scientists, and
the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe compare the potential effects of other government agencies. A Notice of Intent
(cooperating agency) are the primary alternatives considered. Three ‘‘action’’ to prepare an EIS was published in the
water user groups in the Furnace Creek alternatives would primarily differ in Federal Register on November 20, 2000.
area. The Texas-Travertine Springs terms of how each would provide The NPS conducted an extensive public
complex in the Furnace Creek area may potable water to the Furnace Creek area. scoping process for the proposed
be the most critical water resource in Alternative 2 would provide potable reconstruction of the Furnace Creek
Death Valley National Park. This series water from rebuilt collection galleries at Water Collection System that concluded
of springs provide water for all of the Travertine Springs Line 3 and Line 4 on March 14, 2001. In addition to the
human use needs in the park and from two new groundwater wells in Federal Register notice, information
headquarters area. Infrastructure in this the Texas Springs Syncline. Alternative about the public scoping process was
area includes the primary National Park 2 would treat potable water using a provided through local press releases,
Service administrative offices, three reverse osmosis water treatment plant. Web site postings, direct mailings, and
NPS campgrounds, two private resort/ Riparian water would be released from the Furnace Creek Visitor Center
visitor services facilities owned and Travertine Springs Line 1 and Line 2 newsletter.
operated by Xanterra, and offices and and from Texas Springs to restore Three public scoping meetings were
residences for the Timbisha Shoshone historic wetland and riparian habitat. held on January 30 (in Pahrump,
Tribe. The Texas-Travertine Springs The restoration effort would include the Nevada), January 31 (in Death Valley
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complex also provides water that incorporation of riparian water release National Park), and February 1, 2001 (in
supports a riparian area—a biological measures that would reduce erosion and Independence, California). The purpose
community that includes habitat for a promote groundwater infiltration. of these meetings was to: (1) Provide
minimum of eight endemic special- Alternative 3 (agency preferred) participants with an overview of
status aquatic invertebrate species—and would provide potable water from two existing conditions and the proposed

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