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Environmental Stewardship Plans (ESPs) Environmental Stewardship Summary Reports (ESSRs)

Between 2008 and 2011, under waivers authorized by Congress and issued by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) constructed pedestrian and vehicle fencing along the Southwest Border with Mexico. Prior to fence construction, CBP prepared Environmental Stewardship Plans (ESPs) that summarized the natural and cultural resource surveys conducted during fence planning and estimated the potential environmental impacts based on the initial fence design. During construction, environmental monitors ensured implementation of the Best Management Practices (BMP) that were developed and recorded in the ESPs and reported on any deviations from the BMPs. CBP committed to documenting the final “footprint” of the sections built under the waiver to provide an “as built” summary for the public and regulatory agencies.

Environmental Stewardship Summary Reports (ESSRs)

Accordingly, CBP prepared 12 Environmental Stewardship Summary Reports (ESSRs) to document the final “footprint” of the pedestrian and vehicle fence segments constructed under the waiver. These reports incorporate construction changes approved after the ESPs were prepared that may have resulted in changes to the predicted impacts, as well as summarize the results from environmental monitor reports during construction.

These ESSRs were prepared to document the final impacted area, as compared to the original estimates contained in the ESPs, to:

  1. Provide a comparison of the anticipated impacts to the actual impacts to establish a final new baseline for future maintenance and repair and any potential future actions;
  2. Document the success of BMPs; and
  3. Document any changes to the planned location or type of Tactical Infrastructure (TI).

View ESSRs by State/Sector

The ESSRs are available on the appropriate state page (at the right) and are arranged by Border Patrol Sector. Most sectors have a report for the Pedestrian Fence (PF) program and a report for the Vehicle Fence (VF) program. Some sectors have a single ESSR because only one fence type was constructed. If no ESSRs are listed for a Sector, this indicates that there are no ESSRs applicable for the Sector.

For More Information

For more information or to receive a copy of any previous CBP Environmental Document not found on this Web site, please contact the CBP Environmental Program at

Last modified: 
January 31, 2014