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Current proposed access ramps under the RGV SBI/Hidalgo County proposal

RGV SBI/Hidalgo Co. proposal


MCS Project O-4 (4.35 miles) 5 ramps USFWS cat ramp x ¼ mile 17 additional
MCS Project O-5 (1.75 miles) 0 ramps No issues from USFWS
MCS Project O-6 (3.84 miles) 6 ramps No issues from USFWS
MER Project O-7 (.89 miles) 2 ramps USFWS cat ramp x ¼ mile 3 additional
MER Project O-8 (3.25 miles) 3 ramps USFWS cat ramp x ¼ mile 13 additional
MER Project O-9 (3.86 miles) 5 ramps USFWS cat ramp x ¼ mile 15 additional
MER Project O-10 (2.32 miles) 4 ramps USFWS cat ramp x ¼ mile 9 additional

Allowing USFWS cat ramps would create approximately 57 additional gaps thus
defeating 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 and
O-10 that cross the IBWC levee.

During the initial PF-225 site visit in September ‘07 RGV Sector made the following
accommodations for USFWS.
 Project O-1 Border Patrol removed one mile of fence segment from O-1 and
added 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 onto
private landowner property to keep from going through USFWS refuge.

 Project O-16 Border Patrol removed ½ mile of fence segment from O-16 and
added 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 the
requests from USFWS for a critter friendly design.

All projects in question (O-4, O-7 though O-10) are becoming urbanized and
industrialized at a very rapid pace. Housing and businesses are in the process of being
developed in and around the Ports of Entry which within these fence segments. The
likelihood of animals traversing north and south through these developments is unlikely.
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