Current proposed access ramps under the RGV SBI/Hidalgo County proposalRGV SBI/Hidalgo Co. proposalMCS Project O-4 (4.35 miles) 5 ramps USFWS cat ramp x ¼ mile 17 additionalMCS Project O-5 (1.75 miles) 0 ramps No issues from USFWSMCS Project O-6 (3.84 miles) 6 ramps No issues from USFWSMER Project O-7 (.89 miles) 2 ramps USFWS cat ramp x ¼ mile 3 additionalMER Project O-8 (3.25 miles) 3 ramps USFWS cat ramp x ¼ mile 13 additionalMER Project O-9 (3.86 miles) 5 ramps USFWS cat ramp x ¼ mile 15 additionalMER Project O-10 (2.32 miles) 4 ramps USFWS cat ramp x ¼ mile 9 additionalAllowing USFWS cat ramps would create approximately 57 additional gaps thusdefeating the national security BP strategy for securing our nations borders.USFWS has three continuous north and south properties located in projects O-4, O-8 andO-10 that cross the IBWC levee.During the initial PF-225 site visit in September ‘07 RGV Sector made the followingaccommodations for USFWS.
Project O-1 Border Patrol removed one mile of fence segment from O-1 andadded it to O-2 in order to lessen the wildlife impact on the refuge.
Project O-13 Border Patrol realigned approximately ½ mile of fence segment ontoprivate landowner property to keep from going through USFWS refuge.
Project O-16 Border Patrol removed ½ mile of fence segment from O-16 andadded it to O-14 in order to lessen the impact on refuge property.Fence design was changed throughout out the projects in order to accommodate therequests from USFWS for a critter friendly design.All projects in question (O-4, O-7 though O-10) are becoming urbanized andindustrialized at a very rapid pace. Housing and businesses are in the process of beingdeveloped in and around the Ports of Entry which within these fence segments. Thelikelihood of animals traversing north and south through these developments is unlikely.