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,"
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