U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has been working with project owners on USFWS-protected easement interests. The transmission line will cross portions of Grant, Day, and Brown counties in South Dakota and Dickey County in North Dakota.
As part of the 170-mile transmission line, 33 pole structures will be placed on grassland easements and three pole structures will be placed on wetland easements. The 36 structures will result in a permanent loss of 0.475 of grassland acres and 0.005 of wetland acres, totaling 0.48 acres. Project owners have agreed to replace the lost acres as specified by the USFWS.
An Environmental Assessment and Compatibility Determination is now available for this project. These documents are available under FAQs & Resources. Foundation construction started in June 2016 on the east end of the Project. For more information, visit the Construction or Map pages.
The USFWS is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing, fish, wildlife and plaants and their habitats for the continued benefit of the American people.
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