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United States Section; Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact Arroyo Colorado at Harlingen Flood Flow Improvement Project, Cameron County, Texas
Document Number: 2020-20909
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-02
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations, and the USIBWC Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, the USIBWC hereby gives notice that the FINAL Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact Arroyo Colorado at Harlingen Flood Flow Improvement Project, Cameron County Texas is available.
United States Section: Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment for Rehabilitation of the Levee System in the Tijuana River Flood Control Project
Document Number: 2016-31616
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-04
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508); and the United States Section, Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the United States Section hereby gives notice that the Draft Environmental Assessment for Rehabilitation of the Levee System in the Tijuana River Flood Control Project is available. An environmental impact statement will not be prepared unless additional information which may affect this decision is brought to our attention within 30-days from the date of this Notice.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment for Alamito and Terneros Sediment and Vegetation Removal Below Presidio Flood Control Project, Presidio, Texas
Document Number: 2016-28053
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-22
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508); and the United States Section, Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the United States Section hereby gives notice that the Draft Environmental Assessment for Alamito and Terneros Sediment and Vegetation Removal below Presidio Flood Control Project, Presidio, Texas is available. An environmental impact statement will not be prepared unless additional information which may affect this decision is brought to our attention within 30-days from the date of this Notice.
Privacy Act of 1974; Establishment of a New System of Records
Document Number: 2015-29532
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-07
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), the USIBWC is issuing public notice of its intent to modify an existing Privacy Act system of records notice, DOI-85, ``Payroll, Attendance, Retirement, and Leave Records.'' The revisions will update the categories of individuals covered by the system, categories of records in the system, routine uses of records maintained in the system, retrievability of records, records' safeguards, retention and disposition of records, and record source categories.
Privacy Act of 1974; Establishment of a New System of Records
Document Number: 2015-29531
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-07
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552a), the USIBWC is issuing public notice of its intent to establish a new Privacy Act system of records, DOI-84, ``Interior Business Center Datamart.''
Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-20324
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-18
Agency: Copyright Royalty Board, Library of Congress, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico
Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Flood Control Improvements to the Rio Grande Canalization Project in Vado, New Mexico; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2013-29047
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-11
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508); and the USIBWC's Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice that the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Flood Control Improvements to the Rio Grande Canalization Project in Vado, New Mexico are available.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment for Allowing Avian Hunting in Designated Areas Along the Rio Grande Canalization Project, Sierra and Doña Ana Counties, New Mexico
Document Number: 2013-17820
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-25
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508); and the United States Section, Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the United States Section hereby gives notice that the Draft Environmental Assessment for Allowing Avian Hunting in Designated Areas along the Rio Grande Canalization Project, Sierra and Do[ntilde]a Ana Counties, New Mexico is available. An environmental impact statement will not be prepared unless additional information which may affect this decision is brought to our attention within 30-days from the date of this Notice.
Availability of the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Environmental Assessment for Non-native Plant Control and Re-establishment of Riparian Habitats Along the Rio Grande in Seldon Canyon, Doña Ana County, NM
Document Number: 2012-20016
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-16
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508); and the United States Section, Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the United States Section hereby gives notice that the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Non-native Plant Control and Re-establishment of Riparian Habitats Along the Rio Grande on U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission and Bureau of Land Management Lands are available. A notice of finding of no significant impact dated January 24, 2012, provided a thirty (30) day comment period before making the finding final. The Notice was published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2012 (Federal Register Notice, Vol. 77, No. 15, Page 3497).
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Environmental Assessment: Non-Native Plant Control and Re-Establishment of Riparian Habitats Along the Rio Grande on U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lands in Seldon Canyon, Doña Ana County, NM
Document Number: 2012-1359
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-24
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508); and the United States Section, Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the United States Section hereby gives notice that the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Non-native Plant Control and Re-establishment of Riparian Habitats Along the Rio Grande on U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission and Bureau of Land Management Lands are available. An environmental impact statement will not be prepared unless additional information which may affect this decision is brought to our attention within 30-days from the date of this Notice.
Notice of Availability of the Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Mission Levee Protective System in Hidalgo County, TX
Document Number: 2011-28855
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-08
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section`s Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981 (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice of availability of the Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment and FONSI for Improvements to the Mission Levee Protective System located in Hidalgo County, Texas is available. A notice of finding of no significant impact dated April 6, 2011, provided a thirty (30) day comment period before making the finding final. The Notice was published in the Federal Register on April 6, 2011 (Federal Register Notice, Vol. 76, No. 66, Page 19124).
United States Section, Notice of Availability of a Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Mission Levee Protective System in Hidalgo County, Texas
Document Number: 2011-8132
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-04-06
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section's Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981 (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice of availability of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment and FONSI for Improvements to the Mission Levee Protective System located in Hidalgo County, Texas. An environmental impact statement will not be prepared unless additional information which may affect this decision is brought to our attention within 30-days from the date of this notice.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Arroyo Colorado South Levee Rehabilitation Project in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties, TX
Document Number: 2010-31141
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-13
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section`s Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice of availability of the Final Environmental Assessment and FONSI for Arroyo Colorado South Levee Rehabilitation Project located in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties, Texas are available. An environmental impact statement will not be prepared.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Arroyo Colorado South Levee Rehabilitation Project in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties, TX
Document Number: 2010-9426
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-04-26
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commiission United States and Mexico; United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section`s Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice of availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment and FONSI for Arroyo Colorado South Levee Rehabilitation Project located in Cameron and Hidalgo Counties, Texas are available. An environmental impact statement will not be prepared unless additional information which may affect this decision is brought to our attention within 30 days from the date of this Notice.
United States Section; Final Environmental Impact Statement, Flood Control Improvements and Partial Levee Relocation, United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) Presidio Flood Control Project (FCP), Presidio, TX
Document Number: 2010-7911
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-04-09
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
This notice is provided in accordance with 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 1500-1508 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and USIBWC procedures for implementing NEPA. The USIBWC anticipates the need to improve existing levees in the Presidio FCP or to relocate portions of the Presidio FCP levees. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared to evaluate potential consequences of each action alternative in reference to flood control improvements. Following the evaluation of each alternative in the EIS, the USIBWC selected Alternative 2 (rehabilitation of existing levee to provide 25- year flood protection) as the preferred alternative, and will use the ETS as a guide in developing construction plans.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, Flood Control Improvements and Partial Levee Relocation, Presidio Flood Control Project, Presidio, TX
Document Number: 2010-3127
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-02-19
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) for flood control improvements to the Presidio Flood Control Project, Presidio, Texas (Presidio FCP). The EIS analyzed potential impacts of the No Action Alternative and six action alternatives under consideration. Site- specific information was used to evaluate environmental consequences that may result from implementing improvements in the upper, middle and lower reaches of the Presidio FCP. The following environmental resources were assessed in the Final EIS: Biological resources, cultural resources, water resources, land use, socioeconomic resources and transportation, environmental health issues (air quality, noise, public health, and environmental hazards), and cumulative impacts.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Flood Control Improvements and Partial Levee Relocation, Presidio Flood Control Project, Presidio, TX
Document Number: E9-28136
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-24
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for flood control improvements to the Presidio Flood Control Project, Presidio, Texas (Presidio FCP). The EIS analyzes potential impacts of the No Action Alternative and six action alternatives under consideration. Site- specific information is used to evaluate environmental consequences that may result from implementing improvements in the upper, middle and lower reaches of the Presidio FCP. The following environmental resources are assessed in the Draft EIS: Biological resources, cultural resources, water resources, land use, socioeconomic resources and transportation, environmental health issues (air quality, noise, public health, and environmental hazards), and cumulative impacts. A public hearing will be held in the City of Presidio to receive comments on the Draft EIS from interested organizations and individuals through transcription by a certified court reporter. Written comments may be submitted at the public hearing, or mailed to the USIBWC during the
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Final Finding of No Significant Impact for Flood Control Improvements to the Arroyo Colorado Floodway, Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, TX
Document Number: E9-14314
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-06-18
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission's (USIBWC) Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981 (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice of availability of the Final Environmental Assessment and FONSI for Flood Control Improvements to the Arroyo Colorado Floodway, a component of the interior floodways system of the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Emergency Repairs to the Presidio Flood Control Project in Presidio, TX
Document Number: E9-10942
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-05-11
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508); and the United States Section, Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the United States Section hereby gives notice that the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Emergency Repairs to the Presidio Flood Control Project in Presidio, Texas are available. A notice of finding of no significant impact dated April 2, 2009, provided a thirty (30) day comment period before making the finding final. The Notice was published in the Federal Register on April 2, 2009 (Federal Register Notice, Vol. 74, No. 62, Page 14999).
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for Flood Control Improvements to the Arroyo Colorado Floodway
Document Number: E9-9322
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-24
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission's (USIBWC) Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981 (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice of availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft FONSI for Flood Control Improvements to the Arroyo Colorado Floodway, which is part of the interior floodways in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project.
United States Section; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for Emergency Repairs to the Presidio Flood Control Project in Presidio, TX
Document Number: E9-7422
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-04-02
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
This notice advises the public that pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) intends to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed action of constructing emergency repairs within a 3000-foot reach of the Presidio Flood Control Levee. This notice is being provided as required by the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR 1501.7) and the USIBWC's Operating Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), to obtain suggestions and information from other agencies and
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Rio Grande Rectification Project in El Paso and Hudspeth Counties, TX
Document Number: E9-5065
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-10
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission's (USIBWC) Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice of availability of the Final Environmental Assessment and FONSI for Improvements to the Rio Grande Rectification Project (RGRP) located in El Paso and Hudspeth Counties, Texas are available.
United States Section; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, Increased Flood Protection and Partial Realignment of the Presidio Flood Control Project Along Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico Border
Document Number: E9-4092
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-02-26
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
This notice advises the public that pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed action to increase flood protection capability and partial levee realignment of the Presidio Flood Control Project (FCP) along the Texas-Mexico Border. This notice is being provided as required by the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR 1501.7) and the USIBWC's Operating Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), to obtain suggestions and information from other agencies and the public on the scope of issues to be addressed in the EIS. A public meeting will be held in the city of Presidio, Texas.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Rio Grande Rectification Project in El Paso and Hudspeth Counties, TX
Document Number: E8-17514
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-01
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section's Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice of availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment and FONSI for Improvements to the Rio Grande Rectification Project (RGRP) located in El Paso and Hudspeth Counties, Texas are available. An environmental impact statement will not be prepared unless additional information which may affect this decision is brought to our attention within 30 days from the date of this Notice.
United States Section; Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Improvements to the USIBWC Tijuana River Flood Control Project in San Diego County, CA
Document Number: E8-16219
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-16
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
This notice is provided in accordance with 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 1500-1508 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and USIBWC procedures for implementing NEPA. The USIBWC anticipates the need to improve maintenance practices or functionality of the Tijuana River Flood Control Project (Tijuana River FCP) located in southern San Diego County, California. Measures under consideration include changes in vegetation management within the floodway, water quality improvements, and support to local or regional initiatives for multipurpose use of the project for wildlife habitat development and other environmental improvements. Identified measures were incorporated into a Multipurpose Project Management (MPM) Alternative for long-term improvement of the Tijuana River FCP. A Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) was prepared to evaluate potential consequences of changes associated with the MPM Alternative relative to the continuation of current operation and maintenance (O&M) activities (No Action Alternative). The USIBWC will apply this programmatic evaluation as a guideline for the environmental impacts assessment of future individual projects considered possible at a conceptual level, but not currently anticipated for implementation. Following the programmatic evaluation of potential impacts, the MPM Alternative was adopted as the preferred option for long-term improvements to the Tijuana River FCP. In implementing this alternative, the USIBWC will continue to improve functionality of the Tijuana River FCP to meet its mandate for flood control while supporting regional initiatives for improvement of water quality and environmental conditions.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of the Revised Record of Decision for the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for International Boundary and Water Commission Clean Water Act Compliance at the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant, San Diego County, CA
Document Number: E8-11503
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-22
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
On September 30, 2005, the USIBWC issued a Record of Decision (``ROD'') which selected Alternative 4, Treatment Option C, Discharge Option 1 (Operation of SBIWTP as Advance Primary Facility, Secondary Treatment in Mexico) as the means for achieving CWA compliance at the SBIWTP. Reevaluation of alternatives for achieving compliance was prompted by the inability to timely implement the selected alternative and by changes in financial considerations relevant to the decision of whether to provide secondary treatment in Mexico or in the United States. After reevaluation, the USIBWC has decided to upgrade the SBIWTP to secondary treatment in the United States (Secondary Treatment in the United States, Alternative 5, Option B-2, Activated Sludge with Expanded Capacity) to achieve compliance with the CWA and the NPDES permit. This Revised Record of Decision reflects the results of the revaluation and was prepared in compliance with 40 CFR 1505.2.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, Improvements to the USIBWC Tijuana River Flood Control Project
Document Number: E8-10686
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-05-14
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) has prepared a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final PEIS) for future improvements to the Tijuana River Flood Control Project in southern San Diego County. The Draft PEIS, prepared in cooperation with the Los Angeles District, United States Army Corps of Engineers, analyzes potential effects of the No Action Alternative and a Multi- purpose Project Management Alternative. Because improvement measures under consideration are at a conceptual level of development, the USIBWC has taken a broad programmatic look at the environmental implications of their implementation. The USIBWC will apply the programmatic evaluation as an overall guidance for environmental evaluations of future individual improvement projects developed for implementation. Once any given project is identified for implementation, site-specific environmental documentation will be developed based on project specifications and PEIS findings.
United States Section; Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Long-Term Improvements to the USIBWC Rio Grande Flood Control Projects Along the Texas-Mexico Border
Document Number: E8-3999
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-04
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission; United States and Mexico, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
This notice is provided in accordance with 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 1500-1508 of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and USIBWC procedures for implementing NEPA. The USIBWC anticipates the need to improve functionality of three flood control projects located in the Rio Grande along the Texas-Mexico border. Potential improvement measures are mainly associated with the project core mission of flood protection, boundary stabilization, and water delivery. Additional measures under consideration are intended to improve water use, quality, and conservation, as well as measures supporting local or regional initiatives for multipurpose use of the projects for wildlife habitat development, and improved environmental conditions. A Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) was prepared to evaluate potential consequences of three action alternatives under consideration for long-term improvement of the flood control projects. The USIBWC will apply the programmatic evaluation as an overall guidance for future evaluations of individual projects, including both those currently envisioned at a conceptual level and those whose implementation is not currently anticipated but would be possible within a 20-year timeframe. The Multipurpose Project Management Alternative was adopted among the three action alternatives as the preferred option for long-term improvements to the Rio Grande flood control projects. In implementing the preferred alternative, the USIBWC will continue to improve functionality of the flood control projects to meet its mandate for flood control, water delivery, and boundary stabilization, while supporting initiatives for improvement of environmental conditions and water resources utilization.
Notice of Availability of Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, Improvements to the USIBWC Rio Grande Flood Control Projects along the Texas-Mexico Border
Document Number: E8-37
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-08
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission; United States and Mexico, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) has prepared a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for future improvements to three Rio Grande Flood Control Projects (FCP) operated by the USIBWC along the Texas-Mexico Border: The Rectification FCP, the Presidio FCP and Lower Rio Grande FCP. The PEIS, prepared in cooperation with the United States Bureau of Reclamation, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and United States Army Corps of Engineers, analyzes potential impacts of the No Action Alternative and three action alternatives for future FCP improvements under consideration. Because several measures under consideration are at a conceptual level of development, the USIBWC has taken a broad programmatic look at the potential environmental implications of measures identified for future implementation. The USIBWC will apply the programmatic evaluation as an overall guidance for future environmental evaluations of individual improvement projects whose implementation is anticipated or possible within a 20-year timeframe. Once any given improvement project is identified for future implementation, site-specific environmental documentation will be developed based on project specifications and PEIS findings.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Final Finding of No Significant Impact for Flood Control Improvements to the Rio Grande Canalization Project Levee System, El Paso County, TX, and Sierra and Do
Document Number: E7-25118
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-27
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission United States and Mexico, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission's (USIBWC) Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice of availability of the Final Environmental Assessment and FONSI for Flood Control Improvements to the Rio Grande Canalization Project located within El Paso County, Texas and Sierra and Dona Ana Counties, New Mexico.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Final Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Main and North Floodways Levee System in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy Counties, TX
Document Number: E7-23029
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-30
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission's (USIBWC) Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice of availability of the Final Environmental Assessment and FONSI for Improvements to the Main and North Floodways Levee System, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, located in Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy Counties, Texas.
United States Section: Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Flood Control Improvements to the Rio Grande Canalization Project Levee System in El Paso County, Texas and Doña Ana and Sierra Counties, NM
Document Number: E7-19209
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-01
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission's (USIBWC) Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice of availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment and FONSI for Flood Control Improvements to the Rio Grande Canalization Project (RGCP) Levee System, located in El Paso County, Texas and Do[ntilde]a Ana and Sierra Counties, New Mexico.
United States and Mexico; United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Main and North Floodways Levee System in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy Counties, TX
Document Number: E7-18636
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-21
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission's (USIBWC) Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice of availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment and FONSI for Improvements to the Main and North Floodways Levee System, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, located in Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy Counties, Texas.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Donna-Brownsville Levee System, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, TX
Document Number: E7-18140
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-14
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission's (USIBWC) Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice of availability of the Final EA and FONSI for Improvements to the Donna-Brownsville Levee System, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, located in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, Texas. The Final EA addresses comments and recommendations provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas Historical Commission, and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, during the Draft EA review period ending July 31, 2007.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, Improvements to the USIBWC Tijuana River Flood Control Project
Document Number: E7-15429
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-10
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) has prepared a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft PEIS) for future improvements to the Tijuana River Flood Control Project operated by the USIBWC in southern San Diego County. The Draft PEIS, prepared in cooperation with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, analyzes potential effects of the No Action Alternative and two action alternatives for future improvements. Because several measures under consideration are at a conceptual level of development, the USIBWC has taken a broad programmatic look at the potential environmental implications of future implementation measures. The USIBWC will apply the programmatic evaluation as an overall guidance for future environmental evaluations of individual improvement projects whose implementation is anticipated or possible within a 20-year timeframe. Once any given improvement project is identified for future implementation, site-specific environmental documentation will be developed based on project specifications and PEIS findings. Public participation in the evaluation of potential effect is encouraged. A public hearing will be held at the City of Imperial Beach, California, to receive oral comments on the Draft PEIS from interested organizations and individuals through transcription by a certified court reporter. Written comments may be submitted at the public hearings or mailed to the USIBWC during the 45-day public review period to the contact and address below.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, Improvements to the USIBWC Rio Grande Flood Control Projects Along the Texas-Mexico Border
Document Number: E7-15146
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-10
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission,, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) has prepared a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft PEIS) for future improvements to three Rio Grande Flood Control Projects (FCP) operated by the USIBWC along the Texas-Mexico Border: the Rectification FCP, the Presidio FCP and Lower Rio Grande FCP. The PEIS, prepared in cooperation with the United States Bureau of Reclamation, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and United States Army Corps of Engineers, analyzes potential impacts of the No Action Alternative and three action alternatives for future FCP improvements under consideration. Because several measures under consideration are at a conceptual level of development, the USIBWC has taken a broad programmatic look at the potential environmental implications of measures identified for future implementation. The USIBWC will apply the programmatic evaluation as an overall guidance for future environmental evaluations of individual improvement projects whose implementation is anticipated or possible within a 20-year timeframe. Once any given improvement project is identified for future implementation, site-specific environmental documentation will be developed based on project specifications and PEIS findings. Public participation in the evaluation of potential effects is encouraged. Public hearings will be held at the Cities of El Paso, Presidio and McAllen, Texas, to receive oral comments on the Draft PEIS from interested organizations and individuals through transcription by a certified court reporter. Written comments may be submitted at the public hearings, or mailed to the USIBWC during the 45-day public review period to the contact and address below.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Donna-Brownsville Levee System, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, Texas
Document Number: E7-12509
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-29
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission's (USIBWC) Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice that the Draft Environmental Assessment and FONSI for Improvements to the Donna-Brownsville Levee System, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, located in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties, Texas, are available. An environmental impact statement will not be prepared unless additional information which may affect this decision is brought to our attention within 30-days from the date of this Notice.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Flood Control Improvements: International Dam to Riverside Diversion Dam Levee Segment within the Rio Grande Rectification Project, located in El Paso County, TX
Document Number: E7-9736
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-21
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508); and the United States Section's Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the United States Section hereby gives notice that the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Flood Control Improvements: International Dam to Riverside Diversion Dam Levee Segment within the Rio Grande Rectification Project, in El Paso County, Texas are available.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Flood Control Improvements From International Dam to Riverside Diversion Dam, Within the Rio Grande Rectification Project, Located in El Paso County, TX
Document Number: E7-6827
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-12
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed action to raise the levee system from International Dam to Riverside Diversion Dam, in El Paso County, Texas. The levee system under consideration for this EA, approximately 15-miles long, is located entirely within the city limits of El Paso, Texas. This reach of levee system was recently identified as one of the priority areas within the Rio Grande Rectification Project for flood control improvements. The need for improvements to the levee system was determined by hydraulic modeling completed by the USIBWC in 2003. The USIBWC hydraulic study for this reach indicated that an increase in levee height would be required to meet design criteria for flood protection. An increase from 0.5 to 1.5 feet is anticipated for approximately 5.1 miles of levee. The increase in levee height would expand the levee footprint by lateral extension of the structure. Levee footprint increases in this reach will occur within the USIBWC right- of-way (ROW) and may extend primarily toward the riverside of the existing levee or to the landside given available ROW. FEMA decertification of USIBWC levees in El Paso County, Texas has resulted in the need to rehabilitate the levees to FEMA criteria; draft Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps will be issued in spring of 2007. The USIBWC plans on raising approximately 5.1 miles of USIBWC levees within the International Dam to Riverside Diversion Dam to meet the minimum 3 feet of freeboard criteria. The Environmental Assessment assesses potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative. A Draft Finding of No Significant Impact was issued for the Proposed Action, including mitigation measures, based on a review of the facts and analyses contained in the Environmental Assessment. An environmental impact statement will not be prepared unless additional information which may affect this decision is brought to our attention within 30- days from the date of this Notice. Availability: Copies of the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact may be obtained by request from Mr. Daniel Borunda, 4171 North Mesa, Suite C-100, El Paso, Texas 79902, e- mail: danielborunda@ibwc.state.gov. Electronic copies may also be obtained from the USIBWC Home Page at http://www.ibwc.state.gov. Written comments will be accepted for 30-days following the date of this Notice.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Lateral A/Retamal Dike Levee System, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, Hidalgo County, TX
Document Number: E7-6743
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-12
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508); and the United States Section's Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the United States Section hereby gives notice that the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Lateral A/Retamal Dike Levee System, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, located in Hidalgo County, Texas are available. A notice of finding of no significant impact dated January 8, 2007 provided a thirty (30) day comment period before making the finding final. The Notice was published in the Federal Register on January 8, 2007 (Federal Register Notice, Vol. 72, No. 4, Pages 797-798).
Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Mission and Common Levee Systems, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, Located in Hidalgo County, TX
Document Number: E7-5644
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508); and the United States Section's Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the United States Section hereby gives notice that the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Mission and Common Levee Systems, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, located in Hidalgo County, Texas are available.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Lateral A/Retamal Dike Levee System, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, located in Hidalgo County, TX
Document Number: E7-46
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-08
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, and United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508), and the United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission's (USIBWC) Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice that the Draft Environmental Assessment and FONSI for Improvements to the Lateral A/Retamal Dike Levee System, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, located in Hidalgo County, Texas, are available.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Draft Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Mission and Common Levee Systems, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, Located in Hidalgo County, TX
Document Number: E6-17680
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-24
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission United States and Mexico, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508); and the United States Section's Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the United States Section hereby gives notice that the Draft Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Improvements to the Mission and Common Levee Systems, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, located in Hidalgo County, Texas are available.
Employee Responsibilities and Conduct; Removal of Superseded Regulations and Addition of Residual Cross-References
Document Number: 06-4105
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-05-03
Agency: United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission is repealing its superseded old employee conduct regulations, which have been replaced by the executive branch Standards of Ethical Conduct, financial disclosure and financial interests regulations issued by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). In place of its old conduct regulations, the USIBWC is adding a section of residual cross-references to those new provisions as well as to certain executive branch conduct rules promulgated by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
United States Section; Notice of Availability for the Record of Decision on the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, Clean Water Act Compliance at the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant, Located in San Diego County, CA
Document Number: 05-22868
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-18
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission; United States and Mexico, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508); and the USIBWC's Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice that the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, Clean Water Act Compliance at the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant, located in San Diego County, California is available. The ROD was signed and made available via the USIBWC website on September 30, 2005. A Notice of Availability of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) dated July 14, 2005, provided a thirty (30)-day comment period. The Notice was published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2005 (70 FR 42379).
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Alternatives for Improved Flood Control of the Hidalgo Protective Levee System, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, Located in Hidalgo County, TX.
Document Number: 05-22089
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-04
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission; United States and Mexico, International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500 through 1508); and the USIBWC's Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981, (46 FR 44083); the USIBWC hereby gives notice that the Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for Alternatives for Improved Flood Control of the Hidalgo Protective Levee System, in the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project, located in Hidalgo County, Texas are available. A notice of finding of no significant impact dated June 30, 2005, provided a thirty (30) day comment period before making the finding final. The Notice was published in the Federal Register on July 8, 2005 (70 FR 39527).
United States Section; Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for Clean Water Act (CWA) compliance at the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant (SBIWTP), San Diego County, CA
Document Number: 05-14364
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-22
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
This announces the availability of the FSEIS that assesses the potential environmental impacts of the construction and operation of a range of treatment and disposal alternatives for the SBIWTP to achieve compliance with the CWA and the requirements contained in its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Situated in the United States at the United States/Mexico border, the SBIWTP treats sewage flows originating from the City of Tijuana, Mexico and the surrounding region and discharges the treated effluent into the Pacific Ocean through an ocean outfall. In December 2004, the USIBWC published a Draft SEIS (DSEIS) for this action which considered existing and new alternatives that would enable the USIBWC to bring the SBIWTP into compliance with the CWA and the requirements contained in its NPDES permit and to evaluate new information on the current discharges of advanced primary effluent from the SBIWTP through the South Bay Ocean Outfall (SBOO), as well as potential interim actions that would continue operations of the SBIWTP until the SBIWTP achieves CWA compliance. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Region 9, San Francisco, California, is a Cooperating Agency for this action.
United States Section; Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for Alternatives for Improved Flood Control of the Hidalgo Protective Levee System
Document Number: 05-13426
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-08
Agency: International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; the Council on Environmental Quality Final Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500 through 1508); and the U.S. Section's Operational Procedures for Implementing Section 102 of NEPA, published in the Federal Register September 2, 1981 (46 FR 44083), the USIBWC hereby gives notice that the Draft EA and Draft FONSI are available for Alternatives for Improved Flood Control of the Hidalgo Protective Levee System located in Hidalgo County, Texas. The Hidalgo Protective Levee System was recently identified as a priority area for flood control improvement. The USIBWC is considering alternatives to raise the 4.5-mile levee system in two construction phases, each covering separate geographic reaches of the Hidalgo Protective Levee System. The phased construction approach responds to the likely availability of early funding for Phase 1, the upstream reach of the project. Alternatives under consideration to improve the Hidalgo Protective Levee System would expand the levee footprint by lateral extension of the structure. Levee footprint increases toward the riverside could potentially extend into floodplain areas designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge System. Footprint increases toward the levee landside could extend beyond the USIBWC right-of-way. Soil borrow easements would be used to secure levee material. The EA explains the purpose and need for the Proposed Action, and assesses its potential environmental impacts. The EA also analyzes the No Action Alternative and two alternatives to the Proposed Action: the Phase 2 Footprint Expansion Alternative and the No-Footprint Expansion Alternative. The Proposed Action for Phase 1 of the project is to increase existing levee height with the associated increase in footprint (Phase 1 Footprint Expansion Alternative). This alternative would increase flood containment capacity by raising the height of the existing compacted earthen levee from 3 to 8 feet to meet a 3-foot freeboard requirement indicated by results of hydraulic modeling. The Proposed Action for Phase 2 requires partial rerouting of the 1.2-mile downstream reach of the levee system (Partial Levee Rerouting Alternative). Levee rerouting would eliminate the need for construction of a floodwall in front of the Hidalgo Historic Pumphouse, a resource eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, and a future site of the World Birding Center, a project by the City of Hidalgo and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. A new levee segment, approximately 0.7 mile in length, would be built along the south margin of the pumphouse intake channel, and the channel would be crossed to tie the new structure to the existing levee system. Floodwall placement would be required along the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. On the basis of the Draft EA, the USIBWC has determined that an environmental impact statement is not required to implement the Proposed Action, and hereby provides notice of a Finding of No Significant Impact. An environmental impact statement will not be prepared unless additional information which may affect this decision is brought to our attention within thirty (30) days of the date of this Notice of Availability. The Draft EA and Draft FONSI have been sent to various federal, state, and local agencies and interested parties. The Draft EA and Draft FONSI are available under ``What's New?'' on the USIBWC home page at /http://www.ibwc.state.gov; and at the USIBWC Mercedes Field Office at 325 Golf Course Road, Mercedes, TX 78570.