Following nearly three years of analysis, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued its Over The River Record of Decision (ROD) on November 7, 2011. The ROD completed the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) permitting process and gave Federal approval to the artists’ original vision for the two-week temporary work of art.
Over The River successfully secured another essential permit on March 27, 2012, when the Fremont County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a Temporary Use Permit for the project. In addition to the more than 100 mitigation measures identified in the Final EIS, the Fremont County permit includes more than 30 specific conditions to address the County’s community and environmental concerns.
In July 2012, Christo announced that due to pending litigation, he will temporarily postpone the Over The River installation schedule. All federal, state and local Over The River approvals have been based on comprehensive analysis that has withstood legal scrutiny at every step of the legal process.
Christo will identify the exhibition date and secure the few remaining permits when the legal process is successfully resolved. Activities not related to physical construction, such as continuation of the bighorn sheep habitat treatment program are ongoing.
Over The River will be exhibited for two consecutive weeks during a future August.
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