Calexico, California - NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT for the Alamo River Vegetation Control Project:
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 Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and 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 Final EA and 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 for the Proposed Action is located along the Alamo River in the city of Calexico on 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.
The Draft EA was made available for public review for a period of 30 days beginning November 1, 2018 to December 1, 2018. Four comment letters were received during this period and have been addressed in the Final EA.
ADDRESSES: The Final EA and FONSI are available at the following libraries:
- Camarena Memorial Library, 850 Encinas Avenue, Calexico, CA,
- El Centro Public Library, 1140 North Imperial Avenue, El Centro, CA.
The Final EA and FONSI are also available electronically at: https://www.cbp.gov/about/environmental-cultural-stewardship/nepa-documents/docs-review