Wisconsin Environmental Groups Voice Concerns Over Federal Review Of Cardinal-Hickory Creek Line

US Fish And Wildlife Service, Rural Utilities Service Take Public Comment On Impact Of Proposed New Power Line

Federal officials are recommending approval for a plan to allow a new high-power transmission line to cross the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. But some environmental groups in the state worry the plans don’t do enough to protect natural resources.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its draft compatibility determination last week. The plan would allow the creation of a new right-of-way through the refuge for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek project, a proposed transmission line between Madison and Dubuque, Iowa.

The new right-of-way would follow an existing gravel road and railroad through the refuge and cross the Mississippi River near Cassville, Wisconsin. The utility companies would also restore habitat in an existing utility right-of-way...

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal comes as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service also published a draft of their final environmental impact statement for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek project. Both agencies are taking public comment on the drafts until Tuesday, Nov. 26....


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Ken Notes: Since they are using road and rail routes, I suggest a hiking or bike trail along the route as well. This could be used to bridge the gap between environmental and energy interests. This is beautiful country. I hope we can attract tourists to the region...



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