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Engineering With Nature An Atlas

The 56 projects presented in this atlas reveal the diversity of applications and benefits that can be achieved through Engineering With Nature®.


Engineering With Nature An Atlas Volume 2

EWN Atlas launch event videos

On 15 January, 2019, USACE held a launch event in Washington DC, hosted at the National Building Museum, to mark the publication of the book Engineering With Nature: An Atlas. The event was attended by more than 100 participants representing organizations who are partners, stakeholders, and contributors to the Atlas and to the Engineering With Nature Initiative. Prepared remarks and interviews made at the Launch can be viewed below. Launch Event program (PDF)

USACE cameras captured the EWN Atlas book launch event. To access the playlist click on the three-line menu in the upper left hand corner.

EWN An Atlas Authors

Engineering With Nature: an Atlas authors (left to right): Dr. Jeff King, Ms. Michelle Bourne, Ms. Holly Kuzmitski, Ms. Emily Moynihan, and Dr. Todd Bridges (not pictured Dr. Burton Suedel).

What readers are saying

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"The Atlas features many different types of projects. It allows us to talk about efforts outside traditional engineering; it allows us to broaden the spectrum and talk about truly integrated water resource management." James Dalton, director of Civil Works, USACE @USACEHQ

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"This isn't your typical government issued atlas of maps and figures. It's an important first step toward broadening understanding, consideration and acceptance of natural infrastructure as a flood risk reduction and resilience strategy." Shannon Cunniff, EDF, United States Read the Blog, @H20witch, @GrowingReturns

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"Nature offers us so many solutions to minimize flood risk. A publication like this book gives us, in a very digestible format, a clearer picture of what we mean when we say this." Catherine Wright, Environment Agency, United Kingdom @EnvAgency
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"These case studies will help promote the notion that we have to give full consideration to natural infrastructure solutions whenever we're dealing with coastal protection or ecosystem restoration projects." Mike Donahue, AECOM, United States @AECOM

Engineering With Nature: An Atlas is available at Knowledge Core, ERDC's digital repository:

Bridges, T. S., E. M. Bourne, J. K. King, H. K. Kuzmitski, E. B. Moynihan, and B. C. Suedel. 2018. Engineering With Nature: an atlas. ERDC/EL SR-18-8. Vicksburg, MS: U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. http://dx.doi.org/10.21079/11681/27929.

NOTE: There are two versions of this document available for download. The Hardback file is the highest quality version and may take some time to download. The E-book file is a version of the document that has been optimized for tablet and monitor viewing.

The files are best viewed within Adobe Acrobat rather than directly within the browser. To download, right click the file link and select "Save target as" in IE/Edge or "Save link as" in Chrome/Firefox. When opened in Acrobat, the document should default to two-page view plus a cover page, which is the intended display format.

ERDC-EL SR-18-8 Hardback file.pdf (315.1Mb)
ERDC-EL SR-18-8 Ebook file.pdf (18.89Mb)

To inquire about a hard copy, please fill out the Atlas Order Form

How The Atlas is Organized


Protecting coastlines & enhancing recreation
Deer Island, Mississippi, USA
  • Deer Island Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration

    • Mississippi Sound, Mississippi, United States
  • Hondsbossche Dunes

    • Petten, the Netherlands
  • Delfland Sand Motor Pilot

    • The Hague, the Netherlands
  • Murrells Inlet Beneficial Use of Dredged Material

    • Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, United States
  • North Norfolk Coast Restoration

    • Norfolk, East Anglia, England, United Kingdom
  • Long Beach Island Coastal Storm Damage Reduction

    • Long Beach Island, New Jersey, United States
  • Taumanu Reserve-Onehunga Foreshore Restoration

    • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Galveston Beach Nourishment at 61st Street

    • Galveston, Texas, United States
  • Oriental Bay Foreshore Restoration

    • Wellington, New Zealand


Creating Natural Defenses & Aquatic Habitats
Savannah Harbor, South Carolina, USA
  • Braddock Bay Restoration

    • Lake Ontario, Greece, New York, United States
  • Hamilton Wetlands Restoration

    • Novato, California, United States
  • Salt Marsh Development Marconi Delfzijl

    • Port of Delfzijl, the Netherlands
  • Savannah Harbor Dredged Material Containment Areas

    • Savannah Harbor, Jasper County, South Carolina, United States
  • Salt Marsh Development with a Mud Motor

    • Koehoal, Tzummarum, the Netherlands
  • Sears Point Wetland Restoration

    • San Pablo Bay, Sonoma County, California, United States
  • Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Marsh Resiliency

    • Cambridge, Maryland, United States
  • Duluth 21st Avenue West Demonstration Project

    • Superior Harbor, Duluth, Minnesota, United States
  • Dredged Sediment in an Uncontrolled Diversion

    • West Bay, Louisiana, United States


Discovering Placement Solutions with Multiple Benefits
Cat Island chain, Wisconsin, USA
  • Mordecai Island Coastal Wetlands Restoration

    • Barnegat Bay, Ocean County, New Jersey, United States
  • Horseshoe Bend Island

    • Lower Atchafalaya River, Louisiana, United States
  • Evia Island Bird Habitat

    • Galveston, Texas, United States
  • Cat Island Chain Restoration

    • Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
  • Redistribution and Impacts of Nearshore Berm Sediment

    • Chandeleur Barrier Islands, Louisiana, United states


Stabilizing Shorelines and Creating Habitat
MacDill oyster reef, Florida, USA
  • MacDill Oyster Reef Shoreline Stabilization

    • Tampa, Florida, United States
  • Coffee Island Oyster Reefs

    • Portersville Bay, Alabama, United States
  • Oesterdam Sand Nourishment Project

    • Oesterdam, Eastern Scheldt, the Netherlands
  • Swift Tract Oyster Reef Breakwaters

    • Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Baldwin County, Alabama, United States


Strengthening and Restoring Natural Waterways
Springhouse Run, District of Columbia, USA
  • Eugene Field Park Restoration Project

    • Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Slowing the Flow at Pickering

    • Pickering, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Horner Park Restoration Project

    • Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Stroud Rural Sustainable Drainage Systems

    • Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • River Glaven Restoration Project

    • Hunworth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
  • Springhouse Run Stream Restoration

    • Washington, District of Columbia, United States


Mitigating Flood Risk Through Natural Processes
Loosahatchie Bar, Tennessee, USA
  • Belford Natural Flood Management Scheme

    • Belford, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
  • Missouri River Levee Setbacks

    • Missouri River, Iowa and Missouri, United States
  • Kalkense Meersen Cluster

    • Scheidt River, Flanders, Belgium
  • Medmerry Managed Realignment Scheme

    • Selsey, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
  • Alkborough Flats Managed Realignment

    • Alkborough, North Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Redman Point- Loosahatchie Bar Environmental Restoration

    • Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee, United States
  • The Polders of Kruibeke

    • Kruibeke, Belgium


Exploring Alternative Interventions
Lower Boulder Creek, Colorado, USA
  • Building with Nature in Indonesia

    • Demak, Northern Java, Indonesia
  • Sankey Natural Flood Management Initiative

    • Sankey Valley, St. Helens, England, United Kingdom
  • Dunn Creek Confluence Habitat Restoration

    • Kootenai River, Libby, Montana, United States
  • Bowmont Catchment Initiative

    • Town Yetholm and Kirk Yetholm, Scottish Borders, United Kingdom
  • Beneficial Use Site 4A Vegetation Workshop

    • Chocolate Bayou Channel, Brazoria County, Texas, United States
  • Making Space for Water

    • Kinder Scout, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Lower Boulder Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project

    • Boulder County, Colorado, United States
  • Skagit River Rehabilitation of Flood Control Works

    • Skagit County, Washington, United States


Engineering Structures to Include Beneficial Habitat
Soo Locks, Michigan, USA
  • Ashtabula Harbor Breakwater Tern Nesting Habitat

    • Ashtabula, Ohio, United States
  • Milwaukee Harbor Breakwater Fish Habitat Demonstration Project

    • Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
  • Cleveland Harbor East Arrowhead Breakwater Demonstration Project

    • Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Houtrib Dike Pilot Project

    • The dike between the cities of Lelystad and Enkhuizen, the Netherlands
  • Fowl River Private Living Shorelines

    • Theodore, Alabama, United States
  • Rich Revetments: Enhancing Hard Substrates for Ecology

    • Zierikzee/Sint Annaland, Eastern Scheldt, the Netherlands
  • Soo Locks Fish Habitat Restoration

    • Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, United States
  • Mud Mountain Fish Passage

    • Buckley, Washington, United States

About the EWN Initiative Leaders


Email: Todd.S.Bridges@usace.army.mil

Dr. Todd Bridges is the U.S. Army's Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science. His responsibilities include leading research, development and environmental initiatives for the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Dr. Bridges is the National Lead for USACE's Engineering With Nature® initiative, which includes a network of research projects, field demonstrations, and communication activities to promote sustainable, resilient infrastructure systems.

His primary areas of research activity at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center concern 1) the science and engineering of sustainable infrastructure development, 2) the development of risk and decision analysis methods applied to water resources infrastructure and environmental systems, and 3) the assessment and management of environmental contaminants. Dr. Bridges also serves as the Program Manager for the USACE Dredging Operations Environmental Research (DOER) program and the Director of the Center for Contaminated Sediments and serves as Chair of the Environmental Commission in the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC), which is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.


Email: Jeffrey.K.King@usace.army.mil

Dr. Jeffrey King serves as assistant co-lead for the EWN initiative. In addition to leading and managing a broad array of EWN activities and collaborative efforts, Dr. King is also advancing R&D projects within the EWN portfolio.

Current projects and research interest include: (1) Incorporation of EWN techniques/designs as a novel approach to traditional infrastructure; (2) Design and application of natural-nature based features (NNBF); (3) Promoting landscape architecture concepts/practices in pursuit of nature-based solutions; and (4) Fostering collaborative partnerships to achieve innovative outcomes that are aligned with elements of the EWN Initiative.


Email: Mary.Bryant@usace.army.mil

Following her graduation from Texas A&M University, Mary A. Bryant joined the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory as a research hydraulic engineer. Passionate about the coastal environment, Ms. Bryant applies both numerical and physical model approaches to study nearshore water wave processes.

Her EWN-related research explores the roles of vegetation in mitigating coastal flooding, specifically the mechanisms by which vegetation attenuate propagating waves and stabilize coastal dunes. In addition to conducting technical research aligned with EWN principles and needs, Ms. Bryant assists in managing the EWN Initiative.