V3 was selected by the City of Chicago’s Department of Environment to assist in developing an ecological management strategy for 10 sites in a 3,600-acre study area. Project scope included assessing hydrology, vegetation, soils and existing land uses, as well as developing hydrologic baseline data. The diversity of land uses and large number of public and private stakeholders led the V3 team to work closely with a group of 50 government agencies and the public while preparing the ecological management strategy. Site-specific management plans were formulated, promoting ecological rehabilitation and recreational opportunities. The ecological management strategy will serve as the guide document for the ecological and recreational improvements for the Lake Calumet area and is intended to serve as a model for the larger Calumet Area.