Peer Review of Scientific Information
Pacific Region

Proposed rule to remove the Utah valvata snail (Valvata utahensis) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

Subject and Purpose: In accordance with the requirements of the Office of Management and Budget’s Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review and the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service’s interagency peer review policy, we will initiate peer review of the science relevant to the proposed rule to remove the Utah valvata snail (Valvata utahensis) from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.

The Service will solicit written comments from at least three independent scientific reviewers.  Peer reviewers will be selected by the Service.  The scientific peer review will run concurrently with public review.  We will solicit reviews from experts who are willing to commit to providing an objective review within the needed time frame.  Reviewers will be selected by the Service from specialists in the relevant areas of expertise. Service employees will not be used for this peer review.

Point of Contact:  Call Susan Burch, at 208-378-5265 for additional information regarding this peer review plan.

Importance of scientific information:  The proposed listing and critical habitat designation documents regulatory effects under the Endangered Species Act.

Timeline: Estimated Dissemination Date of the Proposed Rule: July 16, 2009

Estimated Peer Review Timeframe: July 16, 2009 to September 14, 2009

Type of review:  Influential

Number of reviewers:  25 potential peer reviewers were contacted, and 18 agreed to review and provide comments on the proposal.

Reviewer expertise:  The primary disciplines or expertise needed for this peer review are: familiarity with freshwater snails, and, in particular, the Utah valvata snail; and, familiarity with the Snake River and processes that influence the River.  We anticipate soliciting comments from 4-10 peer reviewers for this review.

Selection of peer reviewers: The Service will provide each peer reviewer with information necessary to complete the peer review.  Because the peer review comment period will run concurrently with the public comment period, we cannot provide them with public comments prior to their review.  However, we will ask the peer reviewers to determine whether the relevant data were considered and whether they were considered appropriately.  We will also ask them to evaluate uncertainty and the strength of the data and conclusions.  Deadline for receipt of reviews will be clearly stated.  Peer review comments will be public documents

Management of peer review:  The peer review will be managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Public comment procedures:  The public is invited to comment on this plan and on the proposed rule during the public comment period on the proposed rule.  We expect the public comment period to be open from October through December, 2008; however, these dates are subject to change and are dependent upon publication of the proposed rule.

Will the public and/or scientific or professional societies be asked to nominate peer reviewers?  No.

Are waivers or deferrals being invoked?  No


Estimated Start Date of Peer Review: October/November 2008


Last updated: November 5, 2013
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