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Proposal to Construct Visitor Contact Station, Establish Port of Entry at Boquil

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SHANEA

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http://www.nps.gov/bibe/parknews/boquillasea.htm

Yea, related to the other thread, but thought it should stand on it's own...
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsList.cfm?projectID=31941

Assessment won't be posted until May 4th.

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The 30-day review and comment period starts May 4, and continues through June 2, 2011. To see the Environmental Assessment, visit the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/bibe during the comment period.

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Just hope after the review, federal review, border crossing requirements as well as safety regulations life jackets on boat etc I can still get a cervesa in Jose Falcon's for under 10 bucks US. LOL
Visiting BB since 1966, nothing like being lost and finding heaven.

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Offline homerboy2u

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10 Bucks?...for a single Cerveza?.... :icon_eek:. For that kind of cash you can get a full case of Tecate and some FREE lemons to go along.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Offline jeffblaylock

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Guess that will depend on how well the dollar is trading versus the peso. :icon_eek:

The EA's release and comment period are another step closer to our returning to Boquillas.
Jeff Blaylock
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splendor and the complicated grandeur of Big Bend will still be here. Waiting for us."--Ed Abbey

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Offline Al

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There's not a lot of info. 

"This Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates two alternatives and the potential environmental impacts of each: 1) Alternative A, the No Action Alternative; 2) Alternative B, Construction and Operation of a Visitor Contact Station. Alternative A describes the current condition of the project area and the environmental impacts that may occur if there were no changes in the way the park currently manages the area. Alternative B describes construction and operation of a new visitor contact station and establishment of a Class B (remote, automated) port of entry. Alternative B is the preferred alternative."


What's pretty amazing considering it's the Federal Government and under NEPA: Construction will start in July. That's incredible in the grand government scheme of things!  A very good thing.

A remote automated port of entry is probably the best we can expect in terms of minimizing reduction in local ambiance.  Wonder where it will be and if there will be fencing funneling us to the eroded path and oft changing trail to the Rio Grande.

Al

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Long as I can hit Falcon's if it is still there, works for me.
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Offline jeffblaylock

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The EA statement is now online, and the comment period is open. I encourage all BBC members to participate* in the comment process.

Of particular note, the park considered a temporary and immediate reopening of the border crossing but ultimately dismissed it:

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A means by which to immediately open the border at Boquillas was evaluated. The potential to station a CBP ranger at the Boquillas crossing site during daylight hours during construction of the proposed project was dismissed for safety and security reasons. The operation of the preferred alternative would include installing 24-hour surveillance cameras as part of construction activities. The opening of the border without such surveillance in place could be a safety and security concern. Additionally, the inability to scan documents, access DHS databases, and perform other requirements associated with international crossings prevents the immediate opening of the area.

*You're welcome to modify my comment, if you'd prefer not to start with a blank screen:

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I am thrilled to see this proposal moving forward, as it is long overdue. The benefits of reopening this historic, informal crossing are well documented, and there is no security risk to the region or our Nation from this action. The presence of park personnel will ensure that visitors are properly informed of border-crossing requirements, and the proposed welcome center will (1) provide visitors with a significantly greater appreciation of decades of shared experiences across the border and (2) house the equipment necessary to support legal entry into the U.S. I applaud the Administration's decision to designate the Boquillas Crossing as a Class B port of entry, and I look forward to once again enjoying the hospitality of the people of Boquillas.
« Last Edit: May 05, 2011, 12:20:47 PM by jeffblaylock »
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I sent my comments in, strongly supporting the (re)opening of the border.  It never should have been closed in the first place, but at least progress seems to be being made now.
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While I have no objection to opening the crossing again, I find it annoying that it has to be a construction project. What was wrong with it the way it was prior to closure? I suspect they'll probably add some stupid stuff like they have in the other visitor centers and have all kinds of signs so John Q. Tourist and his complaining wife can find their way to the bathroom.
Moderator Note: Are you talking to me?

Progress in the form of this project doesn't improve MY visitor experience, contrary to what the slanted proposal says.

NPS vision of how things should be is not always compatible with mine.
« Last Edit: January 04, 2013, 10:41:51 AM by RichardM »
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While I have no objection to opening the crossing again, I find it annoying that it has to be a construction project. What was wrong with it the way it was prior to closure? I suspect they'll probably add some stupid stuff like they have in the other visitor centers and have all kinds of signs so John Q. Tourist and his complaining wife can find their way to the bathroom.

Progress in the form of this project doesn't improve MY visitor experience, contrary to what the slanted proposal says.

NPS vision of how things should be is not always compatible with mine.

I was waiting for someone to "channel" presidio!  :icon_lol:

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While I have no objection to opening the crossing again, I find it annoying that it has to be a construction project. What was wrong with it the way it was prior to closure? I suspect they'll probably add some stupid stuff like they have in the other visitor centers and have all kinds of signs so John Q. Tourist and his complaining wife can find their way to the bathroom.

Progress in the form of this project doesn't improve MY visitor experience, contrary to what the slanted proposal says.

NPS vision of how things should be is not always compatible with mine.

I'm more with BK on this than not.  I guess the good news is it's on a fast track and given the time frame and deadlines hopefully they can't do too much damage to the crossing and the incredibly unique and wonderful experience it has been for so many years.  I'm not aware of anything like it in a national park. ?

All

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That report was very interesting to read.  I too, wish that it could just go back to the way it was, but I do understand that things change and a crossing in the new environment is still better than no crossing at all.

I found the BBNP visitor graph interesting.  No wonder I prefer to go in June and July!

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Offline jeffblaylock

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Count me in the group who would prefer it the way it was, but I definitely prefer the visitor center to the way it is now.

BTW, there is precedent for this kind of border crossing in a national park. There's a similar station in Glacier NP along a popular boating/hiking area.
Jeff Blaylock
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While I have no objection to opening the crossing again, I find it annoying that it has to be a construction project. What was wrong with it the way it was prior to closure? I suspect they'll probably add some stupid stuff like they have in the other visitor centers and have all kinds of signs so John Q. Tourist and his complaining wife can find their way to the bathroom.

Progress in the form of this project doesn't improve MY visitor experience, contrary to what the slanted proposal says.

NPS vision of how things should be is not always compatible with mine.

I was waiting for someone to "channel" presidio!  :icon_lol:

I was feeling somewhat rebellious, but I'm a cream puff next to presidio
Not all those who wander are lost.
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I was feeling somewhat rebellious, but I'm a cream puff next to presidio

Different levels of rebel.... :icon_wink:

I can't really comment on the project because I don't open those long winded NPS documents anymore.  :willynilly:

 


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