The vision of the Bordentown Waterfront property is to be a refuge for people and wildlife in a former industrialized setting. AES collaborated with the Bordentown Waterfront Community to rehabilitate this brownfield comprised of un-vegetated urban lands and remnant industrial buildings.
Ecologists found the landscape to be a mixture of poor-quality young woodlands, open fields, and wetlands subjected to long-term alteration and the effects of exotic plant invasions, soil compaction, contamination, and spoils deposits.
Important key elements of the project included preserving, enhancing and restoring the forest communities on Newbold Island, remnant riverine natural communities, and native bald eagle habitat.
The design incorporated transitions between built and natural features, tidal and freshwater wetlands, and interconnected trails with access to cultural and natural resources. A major focus of the design team was to improve water quality through alternative stormwater practices – and thus, increase the availability of contaminant-free fish, and foraging opportunities needed for breeding success of eagles and other wildlife.
The Bordentown Waterfront Community design serves as a model for supporting and sustaining eagle habitat in revitalized, urbanized areas, and encouraging stewardship and appreciation of this important resource by residents.
- Ecological Assessment
- Reclamation + Remediation Planning
- Tidal Floodplain Restoration
- Habitat Mapping + Assessment
- Water Quality Assessment
- Stormwater Management
Mixed-Use Urban Development
Bordentown, New Jersey