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State Representative files bill to find environmental impact of border wall

Thousands of Texans can't access front door of State Capitol (SBG Photo)

District 119 Representative Roland Gutierrez filed a bill to look into the environmental impact of building a wall some say the impact is more than you might expect.

Gutierrez says a wall would make flooding on the Rio Grande Floodplain worse.

Tricia Cortez, Executive Director with the Rio Grande International Study Center agrees.

"If a wall gets built we're going to be talking about an ecological crisis in the years to come," said Cortez, "The Rio Grande it's an American Heritage river, It supplies water, it's our only source of drinking water for millions of people, that river not only sustains us as human beings but a lot of wildlife and animals.... it's a wildlife corridor as well, so once you start bulldozing and bisecting it you're destroying the habitat and the range."

While Republican Congressman Will Hurd agrees borders are the answer in some places.

"In some places physical barriers make sense,” said Hurd, “There's about 650 miles of current physical barriers along the 2000 miles of border between the U.S. and Mexico."

He believes there is an answer that lies somewhere in the middle.

"The only way we're able to get operational control which means knowing everything that's coming across our border us by looking at all 2,000 miles of our border at the same time and the only way you can do that is with technology." Hurd said.

If this bill passes the legislature, it would go into effect September 1st.

The work would be done by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Water Development Board.

The findings would be due to the state by March 1, 2020.

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