Secure Border Initiative Environmental Support
Installation of tactical infrastructure along the United States southwestern border is a key initiative of the Department of Homeland Security to help detect and apprehend illegal entrants, terrorists and terrorist weapons. This project requires a commitment to responsible stewardship for natural and cultural resources in areas where fencing or other tactical infrastructure components will be installed. We developed Environmental Stewardship Plans (ESPs) to identify environmentally sensitive resources and develop best management practices (BMPs) to avoid or minimize adverse impacts from border fence activities. These documents will help project engineers make revisions to the project to avoid or minimize impacts, to the extent practical, and outline mitigation for impacts that cannot be avoided.
We prepared seven ESPs for U.S. Border Patrol sectors along the southwest border under a tight schedule, with 14 open house meetings to provide stakeholders an opportunity to review and address issues of concern. The work included overall program management support and technical advice in the preparation of endangered species and cultural resources and compliance with NEPA, when required. Our team also assisted in negotiations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, trained construction crews in environmental awareness and monitored ongoing construction activities.