The newly restored Brandenburg Park shoreline in Chesterfield Township, MI
The newly restored shoreline features habitat structures that improve the biodiversity of the ecosystem.
The project's construction access road was converted into a multi-use path with Steppingstone and other new features foster fostering connectivity with the shoreline.
The quantity and placement of offshore habitat shoals help protect the shoreline from erosion and improve water quality.
An aerial view rendering of park users crossing the bridge at the Brandenburg Park Shoreline.
The eroded soils along the shoreline reach the Brandenburg Park fence.

Brandenburg Park Shoreline and Habitat Restoration


Chesterfield Township


Chesterfield, MI

Design Enhances Natural Environment and Provides Enriched Educational Opportunities for Recreational Users

Brandenburg Park, located on the shore of Lake St. Clair in Chesterfield Township, Michigan, is an important regional fishing destination, boat launch and waterfront recreation facility for its surrounding Great Lakes system communities. The area has always been and continues to be an ecologically significant habitat for fish and wildlife in the region.

For decades, increasing industrial, agricultural and residential development has degraded the park’s 750-foot seawall and eroded the soils behind it—destabilizing the structure, fragmenting the natural habitat and reducing safe access for park users to lakefront recreation. Through collaboration with the Great Lakes Commission and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Chesterfield Township partnered with OHM Advisors to complete a shoreline and habitat restoration design at Brandenburg Park.

Our experts assessed and studied 740 linear feet of shoreline and 1.5 acres of shoreline and aquatic habitat and designed a plan that included seawall removal and the implementation of bioengineered shoreline stabilization methods combined with habitat structure designs to support native populations of fish, amphibians, macro-invertebrates, herpetofauna and migratory birds. The design also included the construction of rock sills along 200 feet of shoreline to create wetland pockets and increase habitat complexity. Our team handled permitting, Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP) production and reporting and coordinated efforts between multiple entities at the federal, state, and local levels in order to deliver a successful project on schedule and budget and to the specifications of the project needs.

The result of this shoreline and habitat restoration design is an enhanced natural environment supporting native populations of biodiversity and providing recreational users enriched educational opportunities and renewed connections to functioning ecosystems.

Project Highlights: environmental engineering, engineering design, structural evaluation, ADA compliance, public engagement, survey, state and federal regulatory compliance

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