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.