Dudek to Help Southern California Edison with Environmental Surveys of 60-Mile Transmission Line Route

Firm to Establish Wildlife and Plant Population before Construction

May 08, 2007, 01:00 ET from Dudek

    ENCINITAS, Calif., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Dudek today announced it will
 begin helping Southern California Edison (SCE) survey wildlife and plants
 inhabiting the 60-mile route of a transmission line project from Perris to
 Palm Springs in western Riverside County. The 500kV line is scheduled to
 begin construction in November and is part of a larger transmission line
 project that will follow the Interstate 10 corridor into Arizona.
     While required by the California Public Utilities Commission as part of
 SCE's project approval, biology surveys play an important role in large
 infrastructure projects. "To ensure that the native flora and fauna
 populations along the route successfully live and thrive during and after
 construction, our biologists must first fully understand their current
 distribution and population size," said Brock Ortega, a Dudek senior
 wildlife biologist and project manager.
     Particularly sensitive wildlife to be surveyed includes the endangered
 California gnatcatcher and Stephen's kangaroo rat as well as the less
 familiar burrowing owl and American badger.
     Dudek, one of California's largest environmental consulting firms,
 provides particular expertise in terrestrial biological surveys on large
 sections of Southern California's undeveloped properties. "We have
 completed hundreds of similar surveys for major land developers, utility
 firms, and public agencies over the last 20 years, and our biologists are
 uniquely skilled at gathering, managing and interpreting meaningful data,"
 Ortega said.
     About Dudek
     Dudek is a California-based engineering and environmental consulting
 corporation that creatively solves regulatory challenges for municipal
 agencies and major landowners. The firm helps clients plan, design,
 construct and manage successful infrastructure and environmental projects
 that balance regulatory mandates and technical requirements within
 financial and scheduling goals. Founded in 1980, Dudek is headquartered in
 Encinitas in San Diego County with offices in Orange, Riverside, Los
 Angeles, Santa Barbara and Placer counties. For more information, e-mail
     Christine Clinton