NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND DRAFT FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT for the Alamo River Vegetation Control Project Calexico, California:
AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
ACTION: Notice of Availability
SUMMARY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is advising the public of the availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed mechanical removal and herbicide treatment of vegetation (Proposed Action) within the Alamo River (Project Area) near the city of Calexico, California. CBP has prepared a Draft EA and Draft FONSI to identify and assess the potential environmental impacts associated with these vegetation control efforts, which would preserve line of sight for U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents and reduce hiding opportunities within the Project Area.
The Project Area is under private and public ownership, including the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and four private ownership groups. CBP, under the DHS, prepared this Draft EA for the Proposed Action.
The Project Area for the Proposed Action is located along the Alamo River in the city of Calexico in the southernmost edge of Imperial County, California. The Alamo River originates in Mexico about two miles south of the United States/Mexico border. Water within the river is dominated by agricultural return flows from the Imperial Valley.
The Project Area consists of 12.93 acres of the Alamo River bordered to the south by the United States/Mexico border, to the east by irrigated agricultural fields, and to the west by a sand and gravel business and irrigated agricultural fields.
DATES: CBP invites comments on the Draft EA and Draft FONSI during the 30-day comment period beginning on November 1, 2018 and ending December 1, 2018.
ADDRESSES: The Draft EA and Draft FONSI are available at the following libraries:
- Calexico Camarena Memorial Library, 850 Encinas Avenue, Calexico, CA
- El Centro Public Library, 1140 N. Imperial Avenue, El Centro, CA
The Draft EA and Draft FONSI are also available electronically at: www.cbp.gov/about/environmental-cultural-stewardship/nepa-documents/docs-review
You may submit comments by using one of the following methods:
2. By mail to Alamo River Vegetation Control EA, c/o John Petrilla, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 24000 Avila Road, Suite 5020, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
When submitting comments, please include your name and address, and identify the comments as being for the Alamo River Vegetation Control EA in the subject line. To ensure consideration, comments must be received by December 1, 2018. Once the final environmental and decision documents are complete, they will also be posted on this site.