The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) purchased Jack’s Marina, a 35-acre degraded wetland site in Bucks County, at the confluence of the Delaware River and Neshaminy Creek, and commissioned the Louis Berger Group and SALT DESIGN STUDIO to evaluate the site, and design and facilitate the restoration process. The site serves as compensatory mitigation for PRPA’s construction of a new marine terminal at the South Seaport in Philadelphia.
Ecological restoration of Jack’s Marina involved creation of intertidal and subtidal habitats, removal and management of invasive species, establishment of underwater plants, shoreline stabilization, and creation of habitat for redbelly turtles. SALT designed the upland landscape, a public walkway and fishing platform, as well as interpretive signage to educate visitors about the restoration project. The site will be monitored by NOAA and the US Fish & Wildlife Service for five years to assess the restoration process.
Collaborators: Louis Berger Group