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Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) Supporting the Mechanical Control of Carrizo Cane in the Rio Grande Basin in Texas

Document Posting Date: 
July 15, 2016

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announces that a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) are now available for public review and comment.  CBP has prepared the Draft EA to identify and assess the potential impacts associated with the proposal to conduct mechanical control of Carrizo cane (Arundo donax) in the Rio Grande basin in Texas.  The purpose of the Proposed Action is to implement the mechanical cane control method to rapidly decrease cane height to ensure sufficient visibility of critical areas in the Rio Grande basin and provide access to these areas by USBP agents, when necessary.  The Proposed Action is needed to maintain border security within the Rio Grande basin.

CBP invites comments on the Draft EA during the 45-day comment period beginning on July 20, 2016.  You may submit comments to Mr. Joseph Zidron using only one of the following methods:

By U.S. mail:  Carrizo Cane Mechanical Control EA, c/o Joseph Zidron, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 24000 Avila Road, Suite 5020, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677; or
By email:

When submitting comments, please include your name and address, and identify your comments as for the Carrizo Cane Mechanical Control EA.  To ensure consideration, comments must be received by September 6, 2016.  Once the final environmental and decision documents are complete they will also be posted on this site.

Last modified: 
July 18, 2016