Lincoln Park Wetlands Restoration | New Jersey, US
A large tidal marsh adjacent to Lincoln Park in Jersey City, N.J. had become a landfill without a permit. The wetlands, streams and salt marshes were blighted and full of illegally dumped debris. The area was not a healthy habitat for birds and fish, nor an effective coastline support against future effects of climate change. In 2009, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration received $167 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fund coastal restoration projects. With help from Louis Berger, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection applied for funds to restore 42 acres of wetlands at Lincoln Park. The project received $10.6 million.
A tidal marsh needed to be designed that not only fit into the natural landscape but also met the recreational and public space needs of Hudson County. In addition, to satisfy the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the marsh design had to incorporate beneficial reuse of dredge material coming from the Hudson River.
Louis Berger’s state of the art design:
- Restored over 42 acres of tidal habitats from high marsh to open water and mud flats.
- Provided beneficial reuse of dredge sands as the planting base of the marsh.
- Provided for excavation of more than 250,000 cubic yards of illegally dumped materials to restore the correct marsh elevations.
- Added more than 4,000 feet of new inter-tidal channels.
- Reconnected a pond to the Hackensack River, restoring tidal flushing to the pond.
- Provided walking trails and interpretive signs along the perimeter of the marsh.
The Lincoln Park Wetland Restoration Project garnered Louis Berger a letter of commendation from the U.S. secretary of commerce, Rebecca Blank, and won a Coastal America Partnership Award, which recognizes outstanding projects that make a significant contribution toward the restoration and protection of the United States’ coastal environment. This is the only environmental award of its kind presented by President Obama’s administration.