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Faith: Karla and Shelley, it's took a
lot of coordination between the DNR and
the DOT, do you wanna say a little bit
about what that involves?
Shelley: Well, Wisconsin is unique. We
have a Department of Natural Resources
and Department of Transportation
Cooperative Agreement, and essentially
what that does is it streamlines
projects such as this that saves the
taxpayers money because the regulatory
approval process has really been
finessed to the point where we really
work together well and can provide the
reviews in a timely manner while
presenting high-quality natural
resource protection. So really it's a
win-win for both of our agencies, we've
found that having this strong
relationship where we can put together
projects such as this really does
benefit the citizens of the state of
We have a very strong history of
recreation and a big industry that
supports that recreation in Wisconsin,
and these types of projects are so very
important because you can have fish and
you can have hunting and different
things like that, but if you don't have
the habitat to support the creatures
really you have a very declining
recreational value. So we're very happy
to be working together on this type of
project and we see very many more
opportunities to do more in the future
such as this.
Karla: And the reason it works so well
is with the cooperative agreement the
DNR comes in early. So right at the
beginning phase of the project they're
involved in a lot of the decision-
making and they can identify what the
environmental issues are that they have
concerns about, like threatened and
endangered species or streams or
fisheries or whatever it is. So we know
right at the beginning of a project
what issues that we have to deal with.
And so we work with the DNR so that
we'll be in regulatory compliance and
that includes not just the DNR but the
Army Corps of Engineers also. We have a
lot of regulatory agencies but, again,
this is unique in that the DNR's
available to work with us throughout
Faith: And right from the start.
Shelly: Right and that ensures the high
quality, natural resources protection
that Wisconsin's known for.
[End of Audio]
Title: Early communication helps to streamline rehabilitation projects that combine stream and wetland techniques, County G I-94 Interchange, Wisconsin
Faith Fitzpatrick (U.S. Geological Survey), Shelley Warwick (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources), and Karla Leithoff (Wisconsin Department of Transportation) discuss coordination among WI DOT and WI DNR, connections between wetland scientists and engineers.
Location: Milwaukee, WI, USA
Date Taken: 11/17/2010
Video Producer: Douglas A. Harned , National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA), USGS, North Carolina Water Science Center, Raleigh, NC
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Additional Video Credits:
Faith Fitzpatrick: Scriptwriter, Narrator, Scientist Consultant
Gerard McMahon: Producer
Douglas Harned: Producer, Video, Editor
Alan Cressler: Video
Luke McMahon: Video
Karla Leithoff (Wisconsin Department of Transportation)
Shelley Warwick (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)
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