• Bog Turtle Habitat Protection

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    Delmarva Power assessed habitat suitability and worked with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to identify wetlands along the Glasgow to Mount Pleasant 138 kV transmission line right-of-way project.  

    Under the project's original design, two transmission line poles were to be located in wetlands that were identified as favorable breeding habitat for the federally threatened bog turtle. We were able to redesign the project to fully avoid the bog turtle habitat, ensuring the protection of the species within the project corridor.  

    During construction, measures were taken to protect the bog turtle from the potential impact of construction activities. Exclusion fencing was installed around the turtles' breeding habitat to protect the species from construction crews crossing the area. Prior to construction, a qualified surveyor−who was approved by the state of Delaware and recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service−was on site to flag known and potential bog turtle habitat, and to ensure a 150-foot buffer. Qualified surveyors were also employed throughout the project construction to survey the right of way to prevent the accidental death of the turtles during the placement of matting and mobilization of construction equipment.

    Our Environmental Planning team is also working on developing a best management practices manual, which will detail environmentally friendly construction and vegetation management practices in sensitive areas. Best practices for working within potential bog turtle habitat are among the features of the manual, which documents some of the good-faith efforts put in place during the Glasgow to Mount Pleasant project.