Contact(s): Stacy Rowe, 608-266-7012
MADISON -- The rebuilding an electrical transmission powerline may result in the "incidental taking" of a rare frog 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.
Dairyland Power Cooperative proposes to rebuild 28.72 miles of the LN-153 Lancaster to Sand Ridge 69 kV transmission line and 7.21 miles of the LN-196 69 kV transmission line. The north end of the LN-153 transmission line begins at the Lancaster substation, located approximately 7.5 miles west-northwest of the City of Platteville in Grant County, Wis. and traverses generally south-southeast to the Menominee Distribution Station located in Menominee, Jo Daviess County, Ill. The north end of the LN-196 transmission line begins at the Platteville substation located southwest of the City of Platteville and traverses generally west to where it will connect with the LN-153 transmission line.
The presence of the state endangered Blanchard's cricket frog (Acris blanchardi) 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 frogs.
Department 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 Blanchard's cricket frog are available by searching the DNR website for incidental take public notice or upon request from Stacy Rowe (608-266-7012 or email@example.com). The department is requesting comments from the public through December 8, 2017. Public comments should be sent to Stacy Rowe, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or firstname.lastname@example.org.