The Limitrophe Binational Restoration Project, lower Colorado River
Fred Phillips Consulting (FPC) has been working for the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area to develop the Limitrophe Binational Restoration Project, which includes the restoration of 95 acres of riparian and upland habitat along the U.S.-Mexico border at Hunter’s Hole. FPC has worked diligently over the past six years to achieve stakeholder consensus, secure funding, and complete restoration design and implementation to provide a model for natural border security. FPC was instrumental in stakeholder consensus for a diverse group with varying interests, including U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Yuma County Sheriff Department, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, and private landowners.
Currently, FPC has secured over $1.6 million for planning, permitting, construction, maintenance, and a water delivery pump to the restoration site. FPC assisted the BOR to prepare the Environmental Assessment and Biological Assessment to restore 95 acres over three phases at Hunter’s Hole. FPC also completed the wetland delineation and obtained a successful Section 404 Permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In April 2012, FPC completed vegetation planting of the 35 acre Phase I Hunters Hole restoration and initiated baseline vegetation monitoring. FPC completed a documentary film on the project that highlighted using habitat restoration to enhance border security. This film can be downloaded from our website. This project was featured in “Shared Border: Success Stories in U.S.-Mexico Collaboration” (Donnelly 2012) for the bi-national coordination to tackle border issues. Finally, FPC was instrumental in securing 50 years of maintenance funding for the Hunter’s Hole restoration through the Multi-Species Conservation Program of the Bureau of Reclamation.