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.
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.
LA Times Op-Ed discusses the need to account for the economic value of natural assets and cost of their loss
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.
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
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
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
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
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 introduce Congressional staff to the Engineering With Nature® Program
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)
Transforming Cities: Nature-based solutions, infrastructure, and equity
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.”
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
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
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
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.
Natural and Nature-Based Features
Research and Development
USACE civil works research, development and technology program partners
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.