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EA-1782: Avian and Bat Surveillance and Assessment Plan Timeline and Deliverables

Avian and Bat Surveillance and Assessment Plan Timeline and Deliverables

The University of Delaware, College of Earth Ocean and Environment (hereinafter CEOE) has constructed a 2MW Gamesa G90 Wind Turbine immediately adjacent to the College’s Lewes, Delaware campus. Prior to construction of the turbine, CEOE commissioned an evaluation of the impact of a single turbine in the dredge spoil area adjacent to our campus. The conclusion of that evaluation was that "impacts are likely to be minimal and not biologically significant." (Phase I Avian Risk Assessment, Kerlinger and Guarnaccia, January 2010, incorporated as Appendix D to DOE EA-1782, 3 Dec. 2010). Given that the project would consist of only one turbine, the report noted that a pre-construction flight-use study could not reliably predict risk. However, the evaluation recommended that, post-construction, there be an assessment of avian and bat impacts.