A Guide to WATER RESOURCE PERMITTING for Pipeline Construction in Wisconsin

WI Green Fire, June 17, 2020

Drilling for Enbridge Pipeline construction project in northern Wisconsin
Drilling for Pipeline Construction Project in Northern Wisconsin. Photo: John Spangberg

A Guide to Water Resource Permitting for Pipeline Construction in Wisconsin (May 2020) fact sheet outlines the waterway and wetland permits required for pipeline construction and public input opportunities for the permits. Pipeline construction can impact water resources through wetland fill and disturbance, grading on the bank of waterways, placing structures on or under the bed of waterways, and discharging stormwater runoff from construction. Midwest Environmental Advocates and Wisconsin’s Green Fire produced this two page fact sheet as part of the factsheet series on oil pipeline requirements in Wisconsin.

The DNR has scheduled an online public hearing on July 1, 2020 on the proposed reroute of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in Ashland, Bayfield, and Iron Counties. The hearing will cover Enbridge’s application for a waterway and wetland permit, as well as the proposed scope of the Environmental Impact Statement [PDF] (EIS) that will be prepared for the overall project. Written comments on the proposed waterway and wetland permit and EIS scope are due July 11, 2020. Please see the DNR web site on the Enbridge project at https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/eia/enbridge.html for more information on registration for the hearing, how to submit comments, the draft EIS scope, and links to the draft waterway and wetland permit.

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