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.