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
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