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Engineering With Nature: An Atlas Vol. 2 Available Now
The EWN Atlas Vol. 2 showcases project examples from the US and around the world demonstrating what it means to partner with nature to deliver engineering solutions. Download Here.

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The Engineering With Nature Podcast Season 2: Advancing Nature-Based Solutions
Tune in to an exciting line-up focused on how EWN is expanding through collaboration with practitioners across the government, private sector, non-governmental organizations and academia. Enjoy meaningful conversations and banter between cross-sector partners leading the way in natural and nature-based solutions.
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International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management – Launch and Publication Summer 2021
The internationally authored Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) Guidelines will equip decision makers, project planners, and practitioners with solutions to reduce flood risks to local communities while providing a range of other social, environmental, and economic benefits.

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    Design & Renderings: Jetty design with expanded ecosystem services.
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    Building a dune and berm system to reduce storm damage, Long Beach Island, NJ, USA (Photo by NAP).
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    Bird count at an island constructed of dredged sediment, near Savannah Harbor, USA (Photo by SAS).
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    Design & Renderings: Depiction of restored bank that reduces erosion while also incorporating human use value and native vegetation.
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    Lagoon created at Deer Island in the Mississippi Sound, USA (Photo by SAM).
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    Oriental Bay Foreshore Restoration using NNBF, Wellington, New Zealand (Photo by Tonkin & Taylor).
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    Restored fringing marsh and accreted sediment, Hamilton Wetlands, USA (Photo by SPN).
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    Design & Renderings: Aerial of restored parcel that includes walking trails, native vegetation and other recreational opportunities.
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    Mud Motor- used to develop salt marshes, Wadden Sea, Netherlands (Photo by Martin Baptist).
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    Marsh mounds via stormwater, Sears Point Wetland Restoration, USA (Photo by Sonoma Land Trust).
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    Coastal protection and creation of habitat, Blackwater Refuge, USA (Photo by ERDC).
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    Design & Renderings: Horizontal levee design that achieves storm and flood risk reduction while increasing habitat value.
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    Engineered marsh habitat by placement of dredged sediment, West Bay, LA, USA (Photo by MVN).
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    Sand Motor- management of a dynamic coastline, Netherlands (Photo by Rijkswaterstaat Joop van Houdt).
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    Applying sandy substrate for salt marshes, Port of Delfzijl, Netherlands (Photo by Petra Dankers).
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    Design & Renderings: Design rendering that depicts diverse marine ecosystem near Galveston-Bolivar, Texas.
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    A bird island constructed of dredged sediment, Evia Island, TX, USA (Photo by SWG).
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    An island chain in Green Bay constructed of dredged sediment, Cat Island Chain, WI, USA (Photo by LRE).
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    Design & Renderings: Aerial image created to illustrate placement of living breakwaters that offer storm risk reduction benefits.
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    Redistribution of berm sediment onto low-lying islands, Chandeleur Island chain, LA, USA (Photo by USGS).
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    Oesterdam sand nourishment project, Eastern Scheldt tidal basin, Netherlands (Photo by Edwin Paree).
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    Restored river, wetland, and oak savanna habitats, Eugene Field Park, IL, USA (Photo by LRC).
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    Reconnecting sustainable habitat along the Chicago River, Horner Park, IL, USA (Photo by LRC).
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    Construction of bioretention cells, Springhouse Run, Washington DC, USA (Photo by ERDC).
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    Design & Renderings: Cross section of breakwater concept that increases expands ecosystem service and recreational benefits. Courtesy of Scape Studios.
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    Run-off attenuation features, Belford Burn stream, Northumberland, England (Photo by Nicolas Barber).
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    Medmerry Managed Realignment Scheme created intertidal habitat, England (Photo by EA).
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    Restored bank and engineered log jams, Kootenai River near Libby Dam, MT, USA (Photo by NWS).
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    Restored geomorphology and hydrologic connections, Lower Boulder Creek, CO, USA (Photo by NWO).
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    Installing logs with root wads to provide refuge for juvenile salmon, Skagit River, WA, USA (Photo by NWS).
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    Sandy foreshore dike reinforcement, Houtrib Dike Pilot Project, Netherlands (Photo by Jurriaan Brobbel).
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    Design & Renderings: Rendering that depicts marsh mounds created through beneficial use of dredged sediment.
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    Habitat improvement during a reinforcement project, Sint-Annaland, Netherlands (Photo by Edwin Paree).
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    Design of barrier structure and fish passage facility, Mud Mountain Dam, WA, USA (Photo by NWS).
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    Dredge California near the river island at Horseshoe Bend, lower Atchafalaya River, LA
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    NBBF international guidelines collaboration, Chesapeake Bay, MD
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    Tern nesting habitat, Ashtabula Harbor Breakwater, Ashtabula, OH
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    Cleveland Harbor Green Breakwater, Cleveland, OH
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    The Nature Conservancy’s artificial reef, Coffee Island, Portersville Bay, AL
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    The Nature Conservancy’s reef balls, Coffee Island, Portersville Bay, AL
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    The Nature Conservancy’s oyster reef using bagged shell, Coffee Island, Portersville Bay, AL
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    EWN steering committee meeting, ERDC-EL, Vicksburg, MS
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    EWN steering committee meeting breakout, ERDC-EL, Vicksburg, MS
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    Notched dike at Redman Point-Loosahatchie Bar Environmental Project, Mississippi River, Memphis, TN
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    Collaboration at Redman Point-Loosahatchie Bar Environmental Project, Mississippi River, Memphis, TN
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    EWN workshop group, Galveston, TX
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    MacDill Air Force Base Oyster Reef Shoreline Stabilization Project, Tampa, FL
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    MacDill Air Force Base Oyster Reef Shoreline Stabilization Project, Tampa, FL
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    Milwaukee Harbor Breakwater Fish Habitat Demonstration Project, Milwaukee, WI
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    USACE Philadelphia District thin layer placement, Mordecai Island, NJ
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    Braddock Bay Ecosystem Restoration Project, Lake Ontario, Greece, NY
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    Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, Bird Island, Jasper County, SC
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    Swift Tract Oyster Reef Breakwaters, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Baldwin County, AL
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    Thin layer placement, Mordecai Island, NJ
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EWN Podcasts

August 2020 - Our new Podcast page offers stories from a diverse network of scientists, engineers, researchers, and practitioners that are advancing much needed engineering and environmental outcomes by harnessing nature's power to solve problems and create more sustainable solutions. In this first season, our podcasts celebrate innovation and collaboration by sharing EWN stories that describe a variety of natural infrastructure projects and initiatives; demonstrate triple-win outcomes through expansion of economic, environmental and social benefits; and illustrate increases in community resilience.

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Engineering With Nature An Atlas

October 2018 - This atlas is a collection of 56 projects that illustrate a diverse portfolio of contexts, motivations, and successful outcomes. These projects are presented and considered in this atlas using an Engineering With Nature® lens as a means of revealing the use of nature-based approaches and the range of benefits that can be achieved.

EWN News

LA Times Op-Ed discusses the need to account for the economic value of natural assets and cost of their loss. One example of natural infrastructure investment highlighted is Reefense, a Defense Department effort to build coral and oyster reefs to defend U.S. military installations in coastal areas around the world. Op-Ed: How to save coastlines from climate change disasters - Los Angeles Times (latimes.com) (External link)

USACE celebrates and shares the latest in the EWN Atlas series. Collaboration a key theme at Engineering With Nature book launch event > Engineer Research and Development Center > News Stories (army.mil) (External link)

NOAA's FishNews shares two projects that simultaneously reduce flooding and provide fish habitat as highlighted in the EWN Atlas, Volume 2: The Southern Flow Corridor project in Tillamook, Oregon and a series of dam removals on Mill River in Taunton, Massachusetts. Habitat Restoration Projects Offer Protection from Flooding | NOAA Fisheries (External link)

USACE teams with Lamar University in Texas to teach a 3-course graduate series introducing and exploring Engineering With Nature practices. LU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering teams with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to teach “Engineering with Nature” (lamar.edu) (External link)

Raising the grade using natural Infrastructure.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)’s recognizes natural infrastructure as a key solution for building resilience and raising the grade across all infrastructure sectors in the ASCE Report Card for America’s Infrastructure! Read more. (Internal link)

Forbes Article: A U.S. Conundrum—We Can Land on Mars But Not Restore Water 2 Weeks After An Ice Storm. Engineering with Nature is part of the solution for resilient infrastructure. Read more. (Internal link)

USACE and NOAA provide a joint EWN® briefing on the Hill for Congressional staff. Presentations highlighted two collaborative island restoration projects - Swan Island in the Chesapeake Bay and Mordecai Island in the Back Bays of New Jersey. Read more. (Internal link)

Join a virtual symposium 11:30 am to 1:30 pm CT, “Transforming Cities: Nature-based solutions, infrastructure, and equity.“ Dr. Todd Bridges will speak about EWN. The event is hosted by San Juan ULTRA. Read more to RSVP and Join. (Internal link)

Join us for an EWN Seminar, “Dow’s Valuing Nature Journey.” Hear from Dow and The Nature Conservancy about Dow’s commitment to identifying $1 billion in net present value. Read more. (Internal link)

Chief of Engineers, LTG Scott Spellmon, mentions EWN and The Nature Conservancy as an example of strengthening partnerships during an interview with his Alma Mater, the University of Illinois. Read the full interview here. (External link)

Congratulations to Dr. Jeff King, who received the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from Auburn University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture! Read more. (Internal link)

Quantifying Storm Protection Benefits of Coastal Mangroves. Watch here. (Internal link)

Engineering With Nature

What is Engineering With Nature?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering With Nature (EWN) Initiative enables more sustainable delivery of economic, social, and environmental benefits associated with water resources infrastructure. EWN is the intentional alignment of natural and engineering processes to efficiently and sustainably deliver economic, environmental, and social benefits through collaborative processes. EWN is a cross-cutting program of activities resulting from collaborations among multiple Civil Works Research, Development and Technology programs and non-USACE partners.

What is EWN?

Dr. Todd Bridges, the National Lead for the EWN initiative, explains the four major elements to EWN. DOWNLOAD VIDEO (mp4, 240 mb) TRANSCRIPT (PDF)

EWN Strategic Plan

EWN Strategic Plan

Building on the success of EWN to date, the EWN Strategy 2018-2023 will expand implementation. Strategic Plan (PDF) More about EWN Initiative...


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EWN works with governments, nonprofits, companies, and other organizations to enable more sustainable delivery of economic, social, and environmental benefits associated with water resources infrastructure on a national and worldwide scale.