Monitoring in Response to Proposed Enbridge Line 5 Reroute in Bad River watershed

What’s the Issue? Enbridge’s proposed Line 5 petroleum and natural gas pipeline reroute is moving forward. Property leases and land purchases are being secured. The proposed pipeline corridor will directly impact an approximately forty-one mile long swath through the Bad River watershed, affecting the entire watershed as it crosses over 180 permanent and intermittent streams, wetlands, and other waterbodies. Outstanding and Exceptional Resource waters, including Class 1 and 2 trout streams, will be affected by pipeline construction and crossings, not to mention impacts in case of a post-construction pipeline failure or spill. Our Response SRWA is gearing up to meet this emerging issue with expanded water quality monitoring activities. With our long history of volunteer and staff services to the region, we are well-positioned to step up and begin the process of gathering pre-project baseline water quality data at pipeline corridor crossing sites. If the project is completed and spills or other impacts occur, baseline data generated by SRWA and our agency partners will be critical in documenting change.  We propose to: 1. Survey the pipeline corridor zone to identify reliably accessible, highly representative, and environmentally sensitive monitoring sites. 2. Once the monitoring sites are identified, SRWA staff and trained volunteer water quality technicians will regularly visit these sites to gather data on macroinvertebrate numbers and diversity, dissolved oxygen, temperature, turbidity, and other parameters. SRWA will coordinate its monitoring efforts with the Bad River Natural Resources Department, Wisconsin DNR, and other agencies. We Need Your Help  To meet this challenge, our goal is to raise $20,000. Your donation will help us train more volunteers, purchase additional water quality test kits and sampling equipment, and secure professional level consultation if needed. Here’s what your tax-deductible donation can help us accomplish: $20: Equipment batteries and calibration standards. $35: Individual Membership giving level. Our members provide crucial help to support our programs year-round! $50: A pair of waders to equip a volunteer for monitoring activities. Plus, this is our Family Membership giving level! $70: A secchi tube for measuring water clarity. $125: One water quality monitoring kit for measuring dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, and chloride. $500: Analysis of water quality data.


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Superior Rivers

PO Box 875

Ashland, WI 54806

Downloadable donation form available HERE.   SRWA is committed to continuing our solid history of collecting and disseminating scientifically robust water quality data. As stewards of this special place, our Lake Superior regional community deserves to be as informed as this new challenge develops. For more information, contact us at or (715) 682-2003.

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