A pub­lic meet­ing to present the Draft Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Assess­ment (DEIA) for the pro­posed UW-Superior Steam Dis­tri­b­u­tion Sys­tem Replacement/Repair (Flood Restora­tion) project will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thurs­day, March 14, 2013, in room 201 of Yel­low­jacket Union located at 1605 Catlin Avenue on the UW-Superior cam­pus. Design staff will be avail­able at 5:30 p.m. to review con­struc­tion plans and the pub­lic meet­ing will begin at 6:00 p.m. Park­ing for the meet­ing is avail­able free of charge after 4:30 p.m. in Lots #2 and #11, with the excep­tion of metered and reserved spaces. A descrip­tion of the project and related poten­tial pos­i­tive and adverse impacts will be pre­sented. All per­sons will be afforded a rea­son­able oppor­tu­nity to iden­tify both orally and in writ­ing any sup­port, issues, or con­cerns they believe should be addressed dur­ing the EIA process for this project.

The Draft EIA has been pre­pared in accor­dance with the Wis­con­sin Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­icy Act (WEPA), Wis­con­sin Statutes 1.11, and Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin Sys­tem Admin­is­tra­tion (UWSA) guide­lines. The project man­ager is the state Depart­ment of Administration’s Divi­sion of Facil­i­ties Devel­op­ment (DFD). Ayres Asso­ciates was retained by the DFD to pre­pare an Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Assess­ment (EIA) on behalf of the UW System.

Tor­ren­tial rains on June 19 and 20, 2012, flooded a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of the UW-Superior cam­pus, com­pletely sub­mers­ing most of the steam and con­den­sate dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem. The pip­ing insu­la­tion ther­mal resis­tance prop­er­ties have been per­ma­nently com­pro­mised by this unique flood event. Pip­ing insu­la­tion replace­ment is the only option for return­ing the sys­tem to its for­mer ther­mal effi­ciency level. The pro­posed project includes exca­va­tion and expo­sure of exist­ing con­crete box con­duit sys­tem, sec­tional removal and preser­va­tion of exist­ing con­duit lids, removal of exist­ing steam and con­den­sate pip­ing insu­la­tion, and com­plete inspec­tion and spot test­ing (as applic­a­ble) of con­duit con­crete struc­tures, steam and con­den­sate pip­ing, and pip­ing sup­port steel. Based on inspec­tion and test­ing results, the con­crete con­duit box, steam and con­den­sate pip­ing, and pip­ing sup­ports are to be fully replaced, par­tially replaced, or reused as dic­tated by con­di­tion and as approved by the DFD. The pro­posed project also includes the full restora­tion to orig­i­nal con­di­tions of the affected areas, includ­ing con­crete side­walk and gut­ter repairs, asphalt road­way repairs, top soil and lawn repairs and reconstruction/replacement of any struc­tures tem­porar­ily removed to com­plete the pro­posed work. The esti­mated cost of the project is $4,990,700 which will be funded using $3,493,500 from Gen­eral Fund Sup­ported Bor­row­ing and $1,497,200 from Pro­gram Rev­enue Sup­ported Bor­row­ing. Start of con­struc­tion is tar­geted for late May 2013, with sub­stan­tial com­ple­tion antic­i­pated by Sep­tem­ber 2014.

The pur­pose of the Draft EIA is to define the project and iden­tify poten­tial impacts of the project on the phys­i­cal, bio­log­i­cal, social, and eco­nomic envi­ron­ments. The Draft EIA is being made avail­able to the pub­lic and to appro­pri­ate fed­eral, state and local agen­cies for a 15-day review period, which begins on Feb­ru­ary 28, 2013, and con­cludes on March 14, 2013. Copies of the Draft EIA doc­u­ment are avail­able for review at the UW-Superior Jim Dan Hall Library at 907 North 19th Street, Supe­rior, Wis­con­sin, 54880, and at the City of Supe­rior Library, 1316 North 14th Street, Supe­rior, Wis­con­sin 54880. The Draft EIA is also avail­able online at:

Com­ments and inquiries raised dur­ing the Draft EIA com­ment period will be used to develop the Final EIA. If you are inter­ested in this project or have any infor­ma­tion rel­e­vant to it, we wel­come your com­ments, sug­ges­tions, or other input. Please attend the pub­lic meet­ing to present oral com­ments or sub­mit your writ­ten com­ments no later than March 14, 2013 to:

Den­nis L. John­son, PE
Ayres Asso­ciates
3433 Oak­wood Hills Park­way
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Com­ment forms can also be obtained via the project web­site listed above.

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