Over The River ™
Over The River ™ ( OTR ) is a proposed work of art by the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude and OTR Corp (collectively referred to as the "applicant"). The applicant proposes to install approximately 5.9 miles of fabric panels suspended above the Arkansas River in eight select areas along a stretch of river between the towns of Salida and Canon City, Colorado. The installation would require the use of lands administered by the BLM, Colorado State Land Board (SLB), private land, lands cooperatively managed by Colorado State Parks in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, and Union Pacific Railroad rights-of-way.
Through the application process, the BLM determined an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would be required in order to proceed with the proposal due to the project complexity, controversial nature of the proposal, concerns regarding public safety, and the potential for significant impacts. The applicant also made a specific request for an EIS. An EIS is a document required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for federal government agency actions "significantly affecting the quality of the human environment."
The EIS process addresses the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of the proposed project and a reasonable range of alternatives, solicit feedback from the public, and consult with agencies and organizations with jurisdiction in the project area and special expertise with respect to environmental issues.
The BLM is the lead Federal agency with the final authority to determine whether, where, when, and under what terms and conditions, a BLM land use permit would be issued to the project applicant for OTR. Through this process, the BLM intends to avoid, minimize, or mitigate for potential environmental impacts to the extent possible as required by NEPA.
The BLM released the Final EIS on July 29, 2011 and the Record of Decision was released on November 7, 2011.
BLM releases Over The River TM Record of Decision (ROD) for public review (November 8, 2011)- Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office released the Over The River ™ Record of Decision (ROD)....more
BLM releases Over The River TM final environmental impact statement for public review (July 28, 2011)- Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Royal Gorge Field Office released the Over The River ™ Final Enivronmental Impact Statement (FEIS)....more
Op-Ed: Over The River TM — The road to developing an Environmental Impact Statement (April 15, 2011) — In March 2009, the Bureau of Land Management began the process . . . more
Over The River ™ draft environmental impact statement available soon for public review and comment (July 9, 2010) — The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office is announcing the availability of the Over The River ™ Draft Environmental Impact Statement on July 16 for public review and comment. A 45-day public comment period . . . more
BLM launches Over The River EIS Web site (August 27, 2009) — The BLM has launched it new Web site for the Over The River TM Environmental Impact Statement . . . more
BLM selects third-party contractor to prepare Environmental Impact Statement for Over The River project (February 18, 2009) — BLM Royal Gorge Field Office has selected EDAW/AECOM as the third-party contractor to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement for Christo and Jeanne-Claude's proposed Over The River project. BLM's selection was based on EDAW/AECOM's superior understanding of this unique . . . more
BLM seeks public comment on lands proposed for "Over the River" art project (November 6, 2008) — The Bureau of Land Management is inviting the public to comment on the proposed use of public lands for the Over The River project. The proposed OTR project would be a . . . more
BLM makes available "Over The River" design proposal (January 31, 2008) — The Royal Gorge Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management has made available the Over The River design proposal at the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Over The River ™ link on the BLM's website:. . . more
Final Environmental Impact Statement
Letter to Readers
Table of Contents
Chapter 1.0 Introduction
Chapter 2.0 Alternatives
Chapter 3.0 Affected Environment
Chapter 3 OTR Final EIS Maps
Chapter 4.0 Environmental Consequences
Chapter 5.0 Mitigation and Monitoring
Chapter 6.0 Consultation, Coordination, and Document Preparation
Appendix A — Permits and Approval Summary for the Over The River Project
Appendix B — Alternatives Development Technical Support Document
Appendix C — Visitation Projections for Over The River
Appendix D — Traffic and Transportation Technical Support Document
Appendix E — Incident Frequency Study
Appendix F — Comment Response
Appendix G —Prospectus: Over The River Bighorn Sheep Mitigation & Assessment
Appendix H — Programmatic Agreement on Historic Properties
Appendix I — US Fish & Wildlife Service Consultation