Proposed pipeline may result in the incidental take of rare plants and turtle

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  1. By Central Office March 10, 2016

    Contact(s): Rori Paloski, 608-264-6040

    MADISON -- The proposed Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline may result in the "incidental taking" of a six rare plants and one 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 Energy, Limited Partnership proposes to replace an existing pipeline in Douglas County, Wisconsin referred to as the Segment 18 - Line 3 Replacement Project. Enbridge plans to replace its existing 34-inch-diameter Line 3 with new 36-inch-diameter pipe as part of an on-going maintenance program. Enbridge proposes to construct an interconnection in Wisconsin between the existing Line 3 pipeline and the new replacement Segment 18 pipeline. The project consists of an approximately 14-mile-long pipeline between the Minnesota-Wisconsin border and Enbridge's Superior Terminal.

    The presence of the state endangered slender spike-rush (Eleocharis nitida), state threatened marsh grass-of-Parnassus (Parnassia palustris), state threatened arrow-leaved sweet-coltsfoot (Petasites sagittatus), state threatened seaside crowfoot (Ranunculus cymbalaria), state endangered small yellow water crowfoot (Ranunculus gmelinii), state threatened tea-leaved willow (Salix planifolia) and state threatened wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) have been confirmed in the vicinity of the project site. DNR staff determined that the proposed project may result in the incidental taking of some plants and turtles.

    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 they are a part or the habitat that is critical to their existence.

    The conservation measures to minimize the adverse effect on the listed species will be incorporated into the proposed Incidental Take Permit. Copies of the jeopardy assessment and background information on the impacted species are available by searching the DNR website for incidental take public notice or upon request from Rori Paloski at 608-264-6040 or by email at [email protected]. The department is requesting comments from the public through March 25, 2016. Public comments should be sent to Rori Paloski, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921or [email protected].

    Last Revised: Thursday, March 10, 2016