Department of Natural Resources: obiter for Waukesha County

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing to issue an authorization for the incidental take of a rare fish, which may result from the US 18 on the Bark River – Structure Replacement Project. Bycatch refers to the unintentional loss of endangered or threatened animals or plants that does not endanger the overall population of the species.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is proposing to mill and resurface, with all work to be contained within the existing shoulder, along US 18 from the western Waukesha County line to the State Highway 67. No grading, culvert work or rights of way acquisition is provided. This project also includes three structural replacements:

  • B-67-0025 – S. 18 on the Bark River
  • B-67-0026 – S. 18 on the Bark River
  • B-67-0027 – S. 18 on the Bark River

The endangered Slender Madtom is confirmed near these structures. MNR staff have determined that the proposed project may result in the incidental take of some fish.

MNR concludes that the proposed project will minimize impacts on the species by adhering to conservation measures; is not likely to jeopardize the existence and recovery of the national population of the species or of the entire plant-animal community of which it is a part; and has a public health, safety or welfare benefit that justifies the action.

Conservation measures to minimize adverse effects on endangered species will be incorporated into the proposed incidental take authorization. Copies of the danger assessment and general information on the Slender Madtom are available by visiting the MNR Public Bycatch Notices webpage or by request from MNR Conservation Biologist Stacy Rowe at 608- 228-9796 or [email protected].

The public is encouraged to submit written comments regarding Project-related impacts on the Slender Madtom by September 16, 2022 to:

Department of Natural Resources
c/o Stacy Rowe
101 S. Webster St. Madison, WI 53707
[email protected] or 608-228-9796

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