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Manage nutrient loading

Too much nitrogen or phosphorus in rivers and streams causes algae blooms, resulting

in hypoxic, or aquatic “dead,” zones. Wetlands, floodplains, and riparian buffer zones

take up these nutrients, offering a proven solution to this growing environmental

challenge. Our team can perform water quality and biologic assessments and develop

a water quality management plan to address these issues.

Mitigate habitat impacts

Developers are often required to offset impacts to sensitive natural areas that occur

from the development process. Regulatory agencies commonly require that developers

mitigate impacts to wetlands, streams, and rare, threatened, and endangered (RTE)

species habitat. In addition to fulfilling regulatory requirements, mitigation sites can

also provide secondary benefits such as wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, and flood

water storage. Cardno has extensive experience planning, building, and maintaining

wetland and other mitigation sites.

Increase wildlife habitat

Increasing native plant diversity can enhance a property’s overall biodiversity. Native

plant installations also provide sources of food and shelter for many wildlife species,

including pollinators. For projects in Areas of Concern or with a RTE component,

habitat quality can be a primary consideration. Cardno has extensive experience in

creating sites that support increased biodiversity and habitat enhancement.

Enhance natural beauty

Landscapes with native plants bring nature to urban, suburban, and corporate

settings. They attract a variety of birds, butterflies, and other animals. Many

managers of residential communities, corporations, and educational campuses are

seeking the aesthetic benefits natural spaces provide for the benefit of their clients

and employees. Cardno can provide advice to help you plan and create a beautiful

natural landscape.

Michigan City, IN Pipeline Exposure


Cardno designed and implemented a natural,

practical solution to mitigate an exposed gas

pipeline within a sand dune right-of-way.

Coconut fiber bioengineering materials were

utilized in conjunction with marram grass

stolons and Cardno Native Plant Nursery’s

Great Lakes Dune native seed mix. This mix

is intended to be used in areas of disturbance

to stabilize sandy soils. A series of sand-

encapsulated lifts were constructed to

provide adequate cover for the pipeline,

while providing a deterrent for off-road

vehicle traffic, which caused the pipeline

erosional exposure. This method has since

been utilized to provide solutions to similar

problems with various utility assets.