US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

FY19 Rio Grande Valley Levee/Border Wall System Construction Projects (June 2019)

Document Posting Date: 
June 26, 2019

Pursuant to President Biden’s Proclamation on the Termination of Emergency with Respect to the Southern Border of the United States and Redirection of Funds Diverted to Border Wall Construction, construction activities are paused, and all border wall projects are currently undergoing review. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is constructing border barrier projects within Rio Grande Valley, including: (1) approximately 52 miles of border wall system in Starr County, Texas; (2) approximately 24 miles of levee wall system in Hidalgo County, Texas; and (3) approximately 19 miles of levee/border wall system in Cameron County, Texas.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and CBP announce the availability of the first Final Environmental Stewardship Plan (ESP) for the FY19 Rio Grande Valley projects. Additional ESPs will be made available as they are finalized.

The Secretary of DHS, pursuant to his authority under Section 102(c) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), issued a waiver on Oct. 10, 2018 covering the Rio Grande Valley levee wall project described in this first ESP. Although the Secretary’s waiver means that CBP no longer has legal obligation under the laws included in the waiver, the Secretary committed DHS to responsible environmental stewardship of the nation’s valuable natural and cultural resources. CBP strongly supports this objective and remains committed to being a good steward of the environment.

CBP prepared this ESP to analyze the potential environmental effects associated with constructing 11.45 miles of levee wall system in the USBP Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector Area near McAllen and Weslaco, Texas. The ESP also provides details on the Best Management Practices associated with the project that CBP will implement during and after construction.

The ESP was developed following the implementation of environmental surveys of the project areas, coordination and consultation with resource agencies and other interested stakeholders, evaluation of possible environmental impacts from the projects, and identification of mitigation measures to avoid or minimize impacts to environmental resources. As part of CBP’s consultation and outreach efforts, CBP sought public input from June to September 2019 on potential impacts to the environment, culture, and commerce, including potential socioeconomic impacts, and quality of life. The comment period closed Sept. 25, 2019. Information distributed to stakeholders is included on this page.

CBP has made an informative presentation available that provides an overview of the proposed projects. Please view the webinar here (English) or view the webinar here (Español).

Last modified: 
February 10, 2021