Pursuant to Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 1080 of the Illinois Administrative Code, notice is hereby given that BP Midwest Product Pipelines Holdings LLC (BP), 30 S. Wacker Dr., 10th Fl., Chicago, IL, 60606, has submitted a Conservation Plan to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to apply for authorization for the taking of Higgins Eye (pearlymussel) (Lampsilis higginsii), Sheepnose Mussel (Plethobasus cyphyus), Spectaclecase (mussel) (Cumberlandia monodonta), Ohio Pigtoe (Pleurobema cordatum), Butterfly Mussel (Ellipsaria lineolata), and Monkeyface (Theliderma metanevra), incidental to the BP U.S. Pipelines & Logistics’ Mississippi River Pipeline Low Depth of Cover (LDOC) and Scour Mitigation (Project).
The Project is located in Hancock County, Illinois. The Project is located in the Mississippi River in the Niota Chute at River Mile 380 (See attached map). The approximate physical address is at 2700-2898 N. Morman Springs Road, Nauvoo, IL (Township 7N, Range 8W, Section 17, and approximate coordinates are 40.597967 degrees latitude, -91.340672 degrees longitude).
The Project consists of covering the LDOC and/or exposures along the pipeline and armoring the surrounding area to provide long-term prevention of future scour, thereby minimizing the risks associated with LDOC and/or exposed pipelines in the waterway. BP plans to line the riverbed with a geotextile fabric, then the pipeline will be protected via placement of geotextile gravel bags on the exposed areas. The scour holes will then be filled with bulk rock fill (shot rock from blasting and drilling) and then covered with a layer of rip rap. Take of Higgins Eye (pearlymussel), Sheepnose Mussel, Spectaclecase (mussel), Ohio Pigtoe, Butterfly Mussel, and Monkeyface, may result during the Project as a result of this work. Higgins Eye (pearlymussel), Sheepnose Mussel, Spectaclecase (mussel), Ohio Pigtoe, Butterfly Mussel, and Monkeyface are protected under the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act (520 ILCS 10) and are known to occur within the vicinity of the Project.
In order to minimize and mitigate for the take of Higgins Eye (pearlymussel), Sheepnose Mussel, Spectaclecase (mussel), Ohio Pigtoe, Butterfly Mussel, and Monkeyface incidental BP U.S. Pipelines & Logistics’ Mississippi River Pipeline Low Depth of Cover (LDOC) and Scour Mitigation proposed Project, the Project was engineered to provide the minimum amount of unnecessary contact in the river. In addition to minimizing the Project footprint, an agency-approved mussel salvage and relocation prior to construction is proposed to minimize take of mussels present in the Project area. A multiple year monitoring will occur for relocated mussels. During construction, equipment will be outfitted with Global Positioning Systems to ensure material remains within the Project footprint. Contractors will also provide BP with a “Loss of Material Contingency Plan.” To mitigate the take of Higgins Eye (pearlymussel), Sheepnose Mussel, Spectaclecase (mussel), Ohio Pigtoe, Butterfly Mussel, and Monkeyface associated with the Project, BP commits to funding mussel propagation research, habitat preservation, and/or mussel conservation efforts as recommended by the agencies.
A copy of the Project Conservation Plan is available for inspection by the Public at the following location: Nauvoo Public Library at 1270 Mulholland St, Nauvoo, IL 62354, 217-453-2707.The Conservation Plan is also available on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Incidental Take Authorization website, accessed at https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/naturalheritage/speciesconservation/Pages/Incidental-Take-Authorizations.aspx (ITA # 234).
Comments pertaining to the conservation plan should be sent:via email to: DNR.ITACoordinator@illinois.gov
OR: Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Resource Conservation, Incidental Take Authorization Coordinator, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702
Comments will be accepted through August 8, 2022.