|Posted by WEAL on September 17, 2015 at 9:45 PM|
The Army Corp of Engineers has posted a public notice to fill approximately 15 acres of wetland to accommodate the building of the West Waukesha Bypass. Please see the Notice (18 Mb) for all the details. We are asking that you write the Army Corp during the Public Comment Period. The Public Comment Period ends on October 5, 2015. Please submit your comments by the deadline.
Here is information on how to submit your comments. We also recommend you sign up to receive notices by clicking on the 2nd link below and submitting your information. Note, that they are requesting that submissions must be made by US mail. We encourage you to call the phone number listed below to ask how one can e-mail their responses.
Interested parties are invited to submit to this office written facts, arguments, or objections within 30 days of the date of this notice. These statements should bear upon the suitability of the location and the adequacy of the project and should, if appropriate, suggest any changes believed to be desirable. Comments received may be forwarded to the applicant.
Replies may be addressed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waukesha Field Office, 20711 Watertown Road, Suite F, Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186.
Or, IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROJECT, contact the St. Paul District office of the Corps, telephone number (800) 290 – 5847 ext. 5525 or by email at [email protected]
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Points to make in your comments:
I ask for this permit not to be issued for the following reasons;
There is current active litigation involving this project. Part of the active lawsuit relates to the cumulative impact of this project along the proposed route. The loss of wetlands will add to the cumulative impact of this project and is related. In addition there are discussions with individual property owners that will ultimately cause the route to be adjusted. The application of a Wetland Fill permit before all these decisions are made is premature.
This permit is being requested for the entire 5-mile length of the West Waukesha Bypass project. This project will be built in 3 individual segments if approved. This will most likely occur over many years. Each segment is independent of the other and there is a chance that one or two of the segments will not be built. We ask that Wetland Fill Permits be applied for as part of each individual segment at the time each is planned and built. Conditions today are unlikely to be the same as conditions in 3 or 6 or 12 years from now.
There are numerous problems with the project's Purpose and Need. These problems relate directly to Waukesha's accelerating urbanization and loss of wetland and water quality and quantity issues. In the permit's "Description" on page 1, there is a statement that the "proposed project is designed to provide a north-south arterial roadway....that would accommodate growing traffic volumes and address roadway deficiencies." These final two facts are being disputed in the lawsuit.
The city of Waukesha has very publicized problems with the quantity and quality of its drinking water. The City has requested that it be allowed to access Lake Michigan water under the Great Lakes Compact. Should this request be denied the City of Waukesha will be required to tap into the shallow water aquifers in SE Wisconsin. This is not the time for a Wetland Fill Permit to be approved that will result in a net loss of valuable wetland in the project watershed.
It is not acceptable that wetland loss in Waukesha County be mitigated at a "permitee-responsible mitigation wetlands project in northern Illinois". All mitigation should occur in the local area/watershed.
We draw attention to the Permit's statement related to Toxic Materials and the fact that it does not state what actions will be taken to minimize these toxic material's impact on the sensitive ecosystem in the Pebble Creek Environmental Corridor. Actions must be taken to eliminate these impacts.
Finally, at any time a wetland fill permit is requested, I formally request that a Public Hearing be scheduled in order that the public have the ability to comment on this action. This is especially important given the strong public opinion against the city's application for Lake Michigan water, the current legal action, and opposition to the building of the Bypass.
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