Rio Grande Valley Levee/Border Wall System Construction Projects
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announces the availability of this Final Environmental Stewardship Plan (ESP). The Secretary of DHS, pursuant to her authority under Section 102(c) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), issued a waiver on October 11, 2019 covering the FY 2018 Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Levee/Border Wall System Construction Projects described in this 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 approximately 13.3 miles of new bollard wall in Hidalgo County, 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, from July to November 2018, CBP sought public input on potential impacts to the environment, culture, commerce, and quality of life for the communities located near the sites where construction is taking place. The comment period closed on November 6, 2018. Substantive comments received will be used to inform the environmental review of the projects. A Stakeholder Feedback Report summarizes the stakeholder comments received and is available on this webpage.
On October 30, 2018, CBP held an informative webinar on the FY 2018 Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Levee/Border Wall System Construction Projects. A summary of questions and answers from the webinar, as well as Spanish-language materials can be found on this page. The webinar recordings can be found on CBP’s YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/customsborderprotect/videos