San Diego County Water Authority Selects Dudek to Create Wetlands Mitigation Banks

Firm to Design Habitat Preservations in Two San Diego County Locations

Apr 25, 2006, 01:00 ET from Dudek

    ENCINITAS, Calif., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Dudek, a leading Southern
 California engineering and environmental consulting firm, today announced
 its selection by the San Diego County Water Authority to help plan and
 design two wetlands mitigation banks to be comprised of created and
 enhanced wetlands habitat in San Diego County. The new wetlands project,
 one of the largest restoration projects in San Diego County, will mitigate
 environmental impacts resulting from pipeline and facility construction
 projects within the water authority's service area.
     "Dudek's approach demonstrated a unique understanding of the intricate
 nuances of the project we envisioned and truly addressed our concerns,"
 said Tim Cass, project manager with the San Diego County Water Authority.
 "We're excited about creating thriving habitats that San Diego residents
 will enjoy for years to come."
     "This is a forward-thinking project being undertaken by the water
 authority to establish two mitigation banks that will contain enough
 wetlands to satisfy resource agency requirements for the next 25 years,"
 said Mike Sweesy, Dudek's principal landscape architect and senior habitat
 restoration specialist. "Our team will work closely with the water
 authority staff to establish wetland communities that incorporate habitats
 such as freshwater marsh, willow scrub and southern cottonwood-sycamore
     A challenge for the design team will be to develop plans that
 effectively alleviate high soil salt levels at the 32 acre mitigation site
 located within the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park near the
 California/Mexico border. The goal is to establish freshwater wetlands.
 Additionally, the second mitigation site along the San Luis Rey River in
 North San Diego County will be studied to overcome unique hydrological
 challenges and maximize the wetlands creation and enhancement potential. To
 achieve success in establishing new wetlands mitigation banks, Dudek's
 staff will need to:
     *  Conduct field investigations, hydrology and laboratory analysis
     *  Design and prepare a conceptual wetlands plan
     *  Prepare long-term management plans and cost estimates
     *  Prepare and negotiate mitigation banking agreements
     About Dudek
     Dudek is a leading Southern California-based engineering and
 environmental consulting corporation that creatively solves regulatory
 challenges for municipal agencies and major land owners. 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 and Santa Barbara counties. For more information, e-mail
     Christine Clinton