Next week – USDA’s meetings on DEIS

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on January 7, 2012 @ 7:31 am

tn_jimneagle01(Jim Thompson, Hydro One Transmission Line Technician, in Ontario, who rescued eagle that had been hit be several trucks.  It recovered and was released. More HERE, scroll way down!)

Big week for the Wisconsin and Minnesota CapX 2020 Hampton-Rochester-LaCrosse line!

Next week is the time to turn out and tell the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service what you think of their Draft Environmental Impact Statement.  This is about whether the USDA will finance Dairyland’s share of CapX 2020 costs.  The meetings are in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, one every business day next week:

Here’s the USDA RUS Environmental Review page.

For example, look at the DEIS, p. 96, regarding protected Migratory Bird activity in the area of the proposed Mississippi River crossings:


And look at USFWS comments:



So by the RUS’ own admission on p. 96, all areas for river crossing are not “at least two miles away from important Eagle Use Areas.”

Apparently this needs to be pointed out to them.

The meeting (note they’re not called “hearings”) start with an “open house” from 5-6 p.m.  and then a “discussion period” from 6-8 p.m.

January 9, 2012, 5-8 p.m.
Alma High School Gym
S1618 State Rd 35

January 10, 2012, 5-8 p.m.
Wanamingo Community Center
401 Main Street
Wanamingo, MN

January 11, 2012, 5-8 p.m.
Cannon Falls High School Cafeteria
820 Minnesota St
Cannon Falls, MN

January 12, 2012, 5-8 p.m.
American LegionHall
2153rd St SW
Plainview, MN

January 13, 2012,  5-8 p.m.
Centerville/Town of Trempealeau Community Center
W24854 StateRd 54/93
Galesville, WI

Written comments are open until January 30, 2012.  Send to or by mail to:

Stephanie Strength, Project Manager
USDA, Rural Development, Utilities Programs
1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 2244
Mailstop 1571
Washington, DC  20250-1571

Belle Plaine eagle dx: Lead Poisoning

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on January 3, 2012 @ 12:04 pm



The eagle found seriously injured near Belle Plaine, and the Belle Plaine Minnesota River crossing for CapX 2020 transmission was NOT injured by hitting a transmission line.  Diagnosis: LEAD POISONING.  And the eagle has died.

Original info came from the Belle Plaine Police Dept. Facebook page, which gave an incorrect account of the eagle’s diagnosis and prognosis:

Thank you to City Council member Cary Coop for notifying us of an injured eagle that had struck some power lines, by the Minnesota River about 1/4 mile west of the Highway 25 bridge. We were able to respond with him and locate the eagle which appeared to be breathing, but seriously injured. Critter Getters was called to respond and we assisted in transporting the eagle through the woods and to awaiting transport. The eagle was brought to the Raptor Center for care. I just received word that they will be able to rehabilitate the eagle and it will make a full recovery. To us this is important, as we wear the symbol of the eagles wings on all our badges which stand for freedom and justice and the readiness to defend it for all.

The update on the eagle just in from the Raptor Center — they have an “eagle report” call in line for status of birds in their care:

Hi Carol

The eagle we received from the Belle Plaine area was diagnosed with lead toxicity – blood lead levels were  very high (over 3ppm) and he was showing signs typically associated with lead poisoning, including respiratory distress and vocalizations. These are “late stage” signs and the bird unfortunately did die.

While he was listed as a possible powerline injury, there was nothing in our examination to suggest that. Let me know if you
have additional questions on the case.


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