US allows new water stations by border
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A new U.S. Fish and Wildlife policy could open the door for more water stations on border public lands to aid illegal immigrants, but humanitarian groups will have to follow stringent rules.
A final compatibility determination released by the federal agency allows groups to request permits for stationary, 55-gallon water drums located near roads in already disturbed areas.
The regulations basically endorse the methods used for the last 10 years by Tucson-based Humane Borders, which has had three water tanks on the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge but has been denied requests to put more on several occasions, including in October 2009.
More bodies are found along the 75 miles of international border the Tohono O’odham Nation shares with Mexico than any other stretch of Arizona’s border. But the nation has never allowed humanitarian groups to put out water stations.