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CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence: 6/29/10 - No Border Wall Group Says Levee-fence Combo Plan Deserves New EIS Redacted) 2

CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence: 6/29/10 - No Border Wall Group Says Levee-fence Combo Plan Deserves New EIS Redacted) 2

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CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; FOIA Request: CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; Holder of Document: CREW; Producing Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Date Received: 6/29/10;
CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; FOIA Request: CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; Holder of Document: CREW; Producing Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Date Received: 6/29/10;

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Stefanie Herweck withbaby Eliya Zay. (Filephoto: RGG/Steve Taylor)
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No Border Wall group says levee-fence combo plan deserves new EIS
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Friday, February 08, 2008 9:06:40 AM
No Border Wall group says levee-fence combo plan deserves new EIS7 February 2008Steve TaylorMcALLEN, February 7 - The No Border Wall Coalition saysthe Department of Homeland Security should begin a newEnvironmental Impact Statement for the Rio Grande Valley if it intends to back the so-called “vertical levee” plan.“We are concerned that DHS intends to push through the ideaof a wall-levee combination in the Rio Grande Valley before ithas been thoroughly evaluated,” said NBW spokespersonStefanie Herweck.“If DHS is serious about their plan they must prove theefficacy and safety of the wall-levee combo with theappropriate engineering and hydrological studies.”Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will visitEdinburg on Friday to meet with Hidalgo County officialsabout the levee-fence combo or vertical levee plan. Theproject, designed by the International Boundary and WaterCommission, in consultation with Cameron and Hidalgocounty leaders, incorporates an18-foot concrete flood protection structure as an alternative toborder fencing.Herweck said new engineering and hydrological studies on the levee-fence combo planshould be made available for public review in a new draft EIS for the Valley.“Construction should not begin unless we can be assured that this will not put the safety of Texas residents at risk,she said.“DHS should not start tearing the sides off of our levees, and possibly destabilizing themahead of hurricane season, until they know how the wall will impact the levees' structuralintegrity.”Herweck said a cautious approach would see DHS abandon the plan to begin fence or levee-fence construction in the spring, so that Valley residents do not go into hurricane season withthe levees in a compromised state.NBW members fear that the new border wall-levee combination could have many of thesame terrible environmental impacts as the old plan.“Endangered ocelots and jaguarundi will not be able to jump an 18 foot wall to reach vital
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