Proper vegetation management along transmission and distribution rights of way is essential to keeping people safe and making sure the power stays on. When trees and other vegetation grow close to transmission wires, electricity can arc to a branch and cause a power outage or start a fire. And the branch doesn’t have to be physically touching the wire for this to happen. Electricity can arc to vegetation up to 15 feet away! And a storm can bring branches into direct contact with these lines, disrupting the power to whole communities. Thick vegetation around power lines can also make it difficult for technicians to fix and maintain them.
How do we at Bayside Environmental address that problem? We don’t want to wait until the damage is done if we can prevent the damage from happening in the first place. So our teams of technicians work to maintain a 25-foot safety zone between vegetation and transmission lines. What techniques do we use for right-of-way maintenance?
- Removing trees inside or outside of the right-of-way that threatens power lines
- Maintaining tree health to cut back on the need for pruning and trimming
- Preventative maintenance
- Using EPA- approved herbicides
- Mowing within the right-of-way
- Utility line trimming
- Disaster recovery and cleanup