Illinois and Iowa Ecological Services Field Office Conserving the nature of America

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
in the Midwest

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Ecological Services

We work with public and private entities to conserve and restore Illinois and Iowa's endangered species, migratory birds, wetlands, and other important fish and wildlife resources.

 

Photo courtesy of MidAmerican Energy Company

 

MidAmerican Energy Company Draft Habitat Conservation Plan for Wind Energy Facilities in Iowa

 

Draft HCP and EIS

 

Public Hearing Presentation

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for MidAmerican Energy HCP Adobe PDF Icon

 

Documents that were available for Public Review and Comment

Federal Register Notice of Availability

 

Draft Habitat Conservation Plan Addobe PDF Icon

Appendix A. Addobe PDF Icon

Appendix B. Addobe PDF Icon

Appendix C. Addobe PDF Icon

Appendix D. Addobe PDF Icon

Appendix E. Addobe PDF Icon

Appendix F. Addobe PDF Icon

Appendix G. Addobe PDF Icon

Appendix H. Addobe PDF Icon

Appendix I. Addobe PDF Icon

Appendix J. Addobe PDF Icon

Appendix K. Addobe PDF Icon

Addendum Addobe PDF Icon

 

Draft Environmental Impact Statement Addobe PDF Icon

 

 


 

Scoping for Environmental Impact Statement

April 28, 2016

MidAmerican Energy Company is seeking a multi-year incidental take permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for potential harm and mortality of threatened and endangered wildlife that may occur as a result of construction, operation and maintenance of their wind energy facilities in Iowa. Under the Endangered Species Act, permittees must prepare a Habitat Conservation Plan that identifies how incidental take will be avoided, minimized and mitigated.

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gathered information through the scoping process to help prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential issuance of this incidental take permit and the Service's approval of the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).


The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires full public disclosure and analysis of environmental impacts of proposed federal actions – in this case, the issuance of an incidental take permit and approval of an HCP. Under NEPA, one of the first actions a federal agency must take is soliciting input from interested parties regarding the scope of the EIS. Therefore, the Service is requesting input as part of the scoping process. Comments are sought related to reasonable alternatives, mitigation measures, probable significant adverse impacts, and licenses or other approvals that may be required.


Federal Register Notice Adobe PDF Icon Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement; notice of scoping meetings; and request for comments.

 

Comment Form Adobe PDF Icon Form to provide comments

 

Public Scoping Meetings

Public scoping meetings were held May 17, 18 and 19, 2016

 

Presentation: slideshow presented at scoping meetings Adobe PDF Icon

 

Scoping Meeting Handout Adobe PDF Icon

 

Covered Species

 

Indiana Bat - Endangered

 

Northern Long-eared Bat - Threatened

 

Little Brown Bat - not listed, but may be listed in the future

 

Bald Eagle - not listed, but protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act

 

MidAmerican Wind Energy Facilities in Iowa

Facility

Year Constructed

Acres

Turbines

MW

Adair*

2008

16,640

76

174.8

Adams

2016

10,126

64

154.3

Carroll

2008

16,000

100

150.0

Century

2005, 2008

17,920

145

200.0

Charles City

2008

11,520

50

75.0

Eclipse*

2012

19,840

87

200.1

Highland

2015

58,880

217

502

Ida Grove

2016

117,800

134

301

Intrepid

2004, 2005

27,520

122

175.5

Laurel*

2011

10,240

52

119.6

Lundgren

2014

33,280

107

251.0

Macksburg*

2014

14,080

48

119.6

Morning Light*

2012

8,320

44

101.2

O’Brien

2016

60,454

104

250.3

Pomeroy

2007, 2008, 2011

21,120

184

286.4

Rolling Hills*

2011

44,160

193

443.9

State Fair Turbine

2007

1

1

0.5

Victory

2006

17,920

66

99.0

Vienna*

2012

9,600

45

105.6

Vienna II*

2013

7,040

19

44.6

Walnut

2008

20,480

102

153.0

Wellsburg

2014

23,040

60

140.8

Total

NA

565,981

2,020

4,048.2

 

 


 

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