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Harbor Shores Brownfield


Located adjacent to the Indiana Dunes

National Lakeshore, Marquette Park is a

241-acre open space that was in need of

ecological restoration. Working with the City

of Gary and others, Cardno produced and

implemented a master plan, which is serving

to strengthen the Park’s ecological features

and also provide new recreational and

educational amenities.

Cardno provided design, engineering,

wetland delineation, permitting, and

construction oversight services. The Cardno

Native Plant Nursery provided more than

84,000 locally grown plants and more than

200 pounds of native seed. The City received

the Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration

from Indiana Landmarks for the restoration

work completed at the Park.

Cardno successfully gained environmental

approvals for Harbor Shores, a brownfield

redevelopment project on the Paw Paw

River in southwestern Michigan. We created

approximately 1,060 linear feet of meandering

stream and riparian corridors and restored

wetlands in the floodplain. We also provided

construction inspection and planting

installation services. This 530-acre mixed-

use project, which includes commercial and

retail sites, a conference center, and a Jack

Nicklaus Signature golf course, will provide a

significant boost to the local economy.

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.

Marquette Park Lakefront East

Master Plan