The fate of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Over the River installation will hang in limbo a bit longer.
The Bureau of Land Management's Royal Gorge field office estimated that it would issue a record of decision as to whether OTR can happen — based on public comment and the final draft of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) — in April.
However, its website now says that the final EIS is anticipated for release in middle to late April, and a record of decision will follow in early summer 2011.
The OTR team remains fairly optimistic, posting this just last week on the release of the final EIS:
As you may recall, the BLM is considering various alternatives for Over The River. In the Final EIS, the BLM will recommend a “Preferred Alternative” for the project (the alternative that the BLM recommends for realization). The artists have proposed 5.9 miles of fabric panels located in 8 different locations along a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River. The BLM’s different alternatives could call for changing a variety of factors, such as the length of the project, the timing and length of the exhibition period and the duration of construction. These alternatives are all compared against a “No Action” alternative — the baseline alternative that describes what would happen if the project is not completed. We will not know which alternative has been selected until the public release of the Final EIS.