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NEPA Documents Public Comment Page

This page allows for the public and stakeholders to review Environmental Assessments (EA) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) during the Public Comment period in support of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  Please follow the directions within the documents below to provide your comments to the U.S. IBWC.  Additionally, Categorical Exclusions (CEs) for public review will also be posted here.

 EA/EIS Documents  Categorical Exclusions

RGCP Aquatic Habitat Restoration EA

Canutillo Phase II EA

EA/EIS Documents

Aquatic Habitat Restoration
The Amended Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Aquatic Habitat Restoration in the Rio Grande Canalization Project is available for public review and comment. The public comment period has been extended through March 31, 2021. Nine aquatic habitat restoration sites with varying habitat objectives are being considered for implementation. An environmental impact statement will not be prepared unless additional information which may affect this decision is brought to our attention within the public comment period. The document may be viewed in Portable Document Format (PDF) available here. Please provide written comments by March 31, 2021 to the attention of Ms. Elizabeth Verdecchia, Environmental Management Division, United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission; 4191 N. Mesa; El Paso, Texas 79902. Ms. Verdecchia will present on the aquatic habitat restoration at the February 25, 2021 Rio Grande Citizens Forum .

The USIBWC has preliminarily selected five projects in three Tiers as the Preferred Alternatives: Tier 1 alternatives are Alternative D Broad Canyon Arroyo and Alternative J Trujillo Arroyo; Tier 2 are Alternative F Las Cruces Effluent and Alternative G Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park; and Tier 3 is Alternative H Downstream of Courchesne Bridge. Tier 2 Alternatives would require engineering designs prior to construction, while Tier 1 alternatives, which are smaller and less complicated projects, could be constructed from conceptual designs. Tier 3 alternative would be implemented as part of compensatory mitigation for future levee improvement projects.

The USIBWC prepared a previous draft EA in May 2019 which had a public comment period through August 2019. The amended 2021 Draft EA includes two additional alternatives not considered in the 2019 Draft EA.

The public comment period for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Mitigated Finding of No Significant Impact for Flood Control Improvements to the Rio Grande Canalization Project from Vinton to Canutillo, El Paso County, Texas (Canutillo Phase II) was completed in 2017. The final EA is on hold.

Please note all written and email comments received during the comment period will become part of the public record, including any personal information you may provide. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so.  All submissions from organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses will be made available for public disclosure in their entirety.

Categorical Exclusions