- Stoneray Wind Project
The 105-MW Stoneray Wind Project in southwest Minnesota will consist of up to 62 wind turbine generators sited within a 29,500 acre project area. Burns & McDonnell worked as a subconsultant to EVS Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn., leading the majority of the biological field studies and environmental permitting efforts and working closely with EVS and EDF to compile and submit the site permit application for Large Wind Energy Conversion System (LWECS).
Burns & McDonnell conducted the Tier 2 and 3 studies as outlined in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Wind Turbine Advisory Committee Guidelines. Tier 1 studies were conducted by the developer. Tier 2 studies included the completion of four desktop-level reports: avian, bat and sensitive species habitat assessment; desktop wetlands assessment and regulatory review; initial desktop sensitive habitat assessment; and desktop threatened and endangered species habitat assessment and proposed field survey.
After the desktop reports and agency consultation was complete, Tier 3 field surveys were conducted in 2012 and 2013. These field surveys included included an avian stick nest survey (2012), spring and fall avian point county surveys (2012), acoustic bat survey (2012), threatened and endangered species field habitat assessment (2012), and a great blue heron rookery survey (2013).
Burns & McDonnell also provided cultural resources oversight, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) support, project Bird and Bat Conservation Strategy (BBCS) preparation, and noise and shadowflicker modeling and analysis.
- Acoustic bat monitoring
- Sensitive species habitat assessment
- Avian stick nest survey
- Avian point count survey
- Great blue herron rookery study
- Threatenend and endangered species consultation
- Bird and Bat Conservation Strategy (BBCS)
- Desktop wetlands assessment
- Cultural resources oversight
- GIS support
- Noise study
- Site permit application for Large Wind Energy Converstion System (LWECS) support