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Engineering With Nature An Atlas Volume 2

The Atlas, Volume 2, showcases EWN principles and practices in action through illustrations and descriptions of 62 projects from around the world. These projects demonstrate what it means to partner with nature and deliver engineering solutions with a diversity of economic, environmental and social benefits.

Watch the Book Launch Ceremony

On 7 April 2021, USACE held a virtual international Book Launch Event to celebrate the release of the Engineering With Nature Atlas, Volume 2. The ceremony includes messages from LTG Scott A. Spellmon, 55th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other executives and leaders from organizations around the world. 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.

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

Bridges, T. S., E. M. Bourne, B. C. Suedel, E. B. Moynihan, and J. K. King. 2021. Engineering With Nature: An Atlas, Volume 2. ERDC SR-21-2. Vicksburg, MS: U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. http://dx.doi.org/10.21079/11681/40124.

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 (445.7Mb)
ERDC-EL SR-18-8 Ebook file.pdf (33.48Mb)

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

How The Atlas is Organized


Protecting coastlines & enhancing recreation
Aerial view of the completed breakwater and Dangote marine terminal entrance. (Photo by Boskalis and CDR)
  • Spanjaards Duin ‘s-Gravenzande

    • South Holland, the Netherlands
  • Piping Plover Habitat Superior

    • Wisconsin, United States
  • King Fisher Beach

    • Port O’Connor, Texas, United States
  • Dangote Sandbar Breakwater

    • Lekki, Lagos State, Nigeria
  • Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge

    • Milton, Delaware, United States


Creating Natural Defenses & Aquatic Habitats
Pierce Marsh after restoration. (Photo by USACE Galveston District)
  • Big Swamp

    • Coralville, New South Wales, Australia
  • Dow Former Ash Pond

    • Midland, Michigan, United States
  • Pierce Marsh

    • Hitchcock, Texas, United States
  • Ellis Meadows Restoration

    • Leicester, England, United Kingdom
  • Tidmarsh Farms Cranberry Bog

    • Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
  • Drake Wilson Island

    • Apalachicola, Florida, United States
  • Jekyll Creek

    • Jekyll Island, Georgia, United States
  • Umetco Former Mine Site

    • Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
  • Clinton River Mouth Wetland Restoration

    • Harrison Township, Michigan, United States
  • Tomago Wetlands

    • Tomago New South Wales, Australia
  • Sabine National Wildlife Refuge

    • Cameron, Louisiana, United States


Discovering Placement Solutions with Multiple Benefits
Aerial view of the wetland at Unity Island two years after placement of dredged sediment. (Photo by Kevin Lesika, USACE Buffalo District)
  • Northerly Island

    • Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Marker Wadden

    • Lake Marken, Flevoland, the Netherlands
  • Cat Island and Ship Island Restorations

    • Cat Island and Ship Island, Mississippi, United States
  • Pool 8 Enhancement

    • Brownsville, Minnesota, United States
  • Unity Island

    • Buffalo New York, United States
  • Swan Island Restoration

    • Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, United States


Stabilizing Shorelines and Creating Habitat
The natural salt marsh vegetation recovering at Sullivan’s Island due to shoreline stabilization. (Photo by SCTNC)
  • Goldbug Living Shoreline

    • Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, United States
  • Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

    • Cape Fear River, North Carolina, United States
  • Bonner Bridge

    • Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, United States
  • Mangrove Reef Walls

    • Englewood and Fort Pierce, Florida, United States
  • Wind Farm Oyster Reefs

    • Borssele, Zeeland, the Netherlands


Strengthening and Restoring Natural Waterways
The restored Boardman River through the former Sabin and Boardman dams and impoundment. (Photo by Conservation Resource Alliance and AECOM)
  • Boardman River Dam Removals

    • Traverse City, Michigan, United States
  • Old Scheldt and Kalkenvaart

    • Aard, East Flanders, Belgium
  • Eddleston Water Restoration

    • Peebles, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Deer Island

    • Little Sioux, Iowa, United States
  • Rogue River Stabilization

    • Grants P ass, Oregon, United States
  • Meadowview Stream Restoration

    • Temecula, California, United States
  • River Nairn Restoration

    • Aberarder, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Environmental Pool Management

    • Upper Mississippi River, Missouri, United States
  • Mill River Dam Removals

    • Taunton, Massachusetts, United States


Mitigating Flood Risk Through Natural Processes
Reconnecting the tidal channels at Kerry Island provides new estuary habitat. (Photo by Inter-Fluve)
  • Smithills Flood Management

    • Smithills, England, United Kingdom
  • Kerry Island Estuary Restoration

    • Clatskanie, Oregon, United States
  • Wendling Beck Flood Management

    • Worthing, England, United Kingdom
  • Southern Flow Corridor

    • Tillamook, Oregon, United States
  • Low Leighton Flood Management

    • New Mills, England, United Kingdom
  • Weardale Flood Management

    • Weardale, England, United Kingdom
  • Puyallup River Revetment

    • Orting, Washington, United States


Exploring Alternative Interventions
Woody debris installed in Horsetail Creek to provide cover for fish. (Photo by Inter-Fluve)
  • Howland Dam Fish Bypass

    • Howland, Maine, United States
  • Jackson Park Ecosystem Restoration

    • Jackson Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Flimby Flood Management

    • Flimby, England, United Kingdom
  • Dry Creek Restoration

    • Sonoma County and Healdsburg, California, United States
  • Clackamas River

    • Clackamas, Oregon, United States
  • Horsetail and Oneonta Creek

    • Corbet, Oregon, United States
  • Narborough Flood Management

    • Narborough Bog, England, United Kingdom
  • Chatfield Reservoir–Plum Creek

    • Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Westmoreland Park

    • Portland, Oregon, United States
  • Galloway Creek

    • Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States


Engineering Structures to Include Beneficial Habitat
Looking downstream at the vegetated mile 100 islands in the Mississippi River. (Photo by Dawn Lamm, USACE St. Louis District)
  • Brooklyn Tide Pools

    • Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Mile Point Wall Reconfiguration

    • Jacksonville, Florida, United States
  • Clay Ripener

    • Delfzijl, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Hartlepool Headland Coastal Protection Scheme

    • Hartlepool, England, United Kingdom
  • Regulating Works Project

    • Middle Mississippi River, Missouri and Illinois, United States
  • Emiquon Water Management

    • Havana, Illinois, United States
  • Lower Yellowstone River Fish Passage

    • Intake, Montana, United States
  • Matarandiba Island Slope Stabilization

    • Matarandiba Island, Bahia, Brazil
  • Cypress Reforestation

    • Montegut, Louisiana, 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 Deputy National Lead and Program Manager for EWN. 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.