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Middle Harbor Habitat

Ecosystem enhancement

Successful projects reach their objectives while protecting and restoring the environment.

Our team works collaboratively with highly qualified biologists and ecologists to optimize aquatic habitat for the desired species, whether in coastal, estuarine, or riverine environments.

Our expertise includes nature-based solutions such as oyster reef technology, estuary restoration, floodplain reconnection, fish passage optimization, living shoreline development, and bioengineered shoreline protection.

The Port of Oakland’s Middle Harbor was a shallow tidal marsh until it was dredged during World War II to accommodate ships docking at the Naval Supply Depot. The US Army Corps of Engineers retained Mott MacDonald to help recreate approximately 45 acres (18 hectares) of eelgrass habitat, as part of a 90-acre (36-hectare) ecological reserve including deep water, shallow water, and shoreline environments.

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