Go to the bottom of the page and check out the 2 request for studies. I have confirmed with Judge Mills that the pass WILL NOT be opened until these studies are complete (they take, at minimum 10 months). If they were started now it would carry over into whooping crane season and the pass would in turn be opened in APRIL 2014.
Both studies seem like typical BS to delay a project like this. My question is how the heck do you overlook something like this??? a fish study...What the hay is a piping plover?