Proposed gas main relocation may result in the incidental take of rare fish -

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  1. By Central Office March 30, 2016

    Contact(s): Rori Paloski, 608-264-6040 or [email protected]

    MADISON -- The proposed relocation of a gas main as part of a County Highway C reconstruction project in Waukesha County may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare fish under a permit the Department of Natural Resources proposes to issue for the project. Incidental take refers to the unintentional loss of individual endangered or threatened animals or plants that does not put the overall population of the species at risk.

    Waukesha County and the City of Delafield have proposed to reconstruct County Highway C from Mill Street to St. John's Road in the City of Delafield during the Spring/Summer of 2016. The project will include relocating a natural gas main under the Bark River along with the replacement of culverts at the Mill race, construction of a new span bridge over the Bark River, storm sewer, elevation changes/ grading adjustments, thicker cross sectional pavement, new landscapes, and addition of a multi-use path from Mill Street to Oakwood.

    The presence of the state endangered slender madtom (Noturus exilis) has been confirmed in the vicinity of the project site. DNR staff determined that the proposed project may result in the incidental taking of some fish.

    DNR staff concluded that the proposed project is not likely to appreciably reduce the likelihood of the survival or recovery of the species within the state, the whole plant-animal community of which it is a part or the habitat that is critical to its existence.

    The conservation measures to minimize the adverse effect on the endangered species will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Permit. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the slender madtom are available by searching the DNR website for incidental take public notice or upon request from Rori Paloski (608-264-6040 or [email protected]). The department is requesting comments from the public through April 28, 2016. Public comments should be sent to Rori Paloski, WDNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921or [email protected].

    Last Revised: Wednesday, March 30, 2016