King & MacGregor Environmental, Inc. (KME) was contracted by Paul C. Rizzo Associates, Inc. to perform ecological field surveys and delineate wetlands throughout a 400-foot wide, 2.5-mile long corridor centered on the existing McClure Penstock hydroelectric water pipeline. KME's results were incorporated into a Final Environmental Report presented to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to obtain a license for upgrading the existing pipeline. KME also provided assistance in obtaining construction permits from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
Ten distinct habitat/land-use units and nine streams were identified and investigated within the study corridor, including an early 20th century garden park area, riparian wetlands, trout streams and a mature forest habitat that is valued as an aesthetic and recreational resource.
- Environmental Report for FERC licensing
- 2.5-mile long study corridor
- Surveyed and characterized streams, wetlands,
terrestrial habitat and land-use types
- Documented 93 plant species and 32 animal
species within the study corridor
- Investigated habitats for rare, threatened
and endangered species
- Assessed stream habitat quality was using
MDEQ P-51 rapid bioassessment protocols
- Delineated wetlands and coordinated MDEQ
- Created GIS maps of environmental features
- Prepared comprehensive reports for the client
- Assisted client in obtaining construction permits
Clients: Paul C. Rizzo Associates, Inc.
Upper Peninsula Power Co.
Location: Marquette County, Michigan
Penstock pipeline spanning a small stream
Wild brook trout (Salvelnius fontinalis)
One of several forested wetlands delineated within the study corridor