by Isidro Reyna
GALVESTON, Texas -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract to Gulf South Research Corporation, an 8(a) small business, in the amount of $1,112,777 for environmental monitoring of gate construction for the Department of Homeland Security.
The contract allows for the continuation of environmental monitoring of the border fence construction in the Del Rio and Rio Grande Valley sectors, as well as monitoring of gate construction.
“This contract will provide for monitors to be present to oversee border fence construction in order to identify, avoid, and minimize any adverse impacts to biological or cultural resources that may be caused by construction,” said Mark Garza, a biologist with USACE Galveston’s Environmental Section.
According to Garza, environmental monitoring has occurred since border fence construction was initiated as part of an environmental stewardship plan prepared by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“This plan contains efforts to avoid potential environmental impacts and also outlines the best management practices developed to avoid or minimize adverse impacts resulting from border fence construction,” said Garza.