Proposed pipeline maintenance may result in the incidental take of rare turtle

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  1. By Northwest Region August 25, 2015

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

    MADISON -- Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership pipeline maintenance in Bayfield County may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare turtle 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.

    Enbridge proposes to excavate, inspect, and perform maintenance on a section of pipeline identified through their internal pipeline inspection program. The maintenance site is located along Line 5 in South Fish Creek in Bayfield County. Work is anticipated to start in the late summer of 2015 and will take approximately 10-20 days to complete, weather permitting. The project scope requires excavation within South Fish Creek in order to inspect the pipeline and make any necessary repairs. It is anticipated that the excavation will not extend completely across the creek. Sheet piling and aquadams will be installed around the planned excavation to divert the flow around the work area.

    The presence of the state threatened wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) 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 turtles.

    The Department has 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 threatened species will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Permit. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the wood turtle 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 September 8th. Public comments should be sent to Rori Paloski, DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921or [email protected].

    Last Revised: Tuesday, August 25, 2015