EWN Implementation Cadre
EWN Implementation Cadre
The EWN Implementation Cadre is an informal network of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) practitioners, representing a variety of disciplines across the enterprise, that is working to advance the application of EWN principles, practices, and technologies to deliver nature-based solutions. The Cadre provides opportunities to share knowledge, experience, and ideas and will ultimately expand USACE’s ability to deliver projects that integrate nature and human engineering.
USACE team members interested in joining and participating in the EWN Implementation Cadre can do so by submitting their contact information here.
EWN Practice Leads
The EWN Implementation Cadre is organized and led by USACE EWN Practice Leads. EWN coastal and riverine Practice Leads are experienced practitioners with expertise in coastal or riverine systems and enthusiasm for EWN. They work closely with the EWN National Lead and Program Manager to facilitate communication, collaboration, and partnerships across USACE and with other government, private, and academic organizations to advance EWN practice and field-scale application.
Coastal Practice Leads
Coastal Practice Lead: Elizabeth Godsey
Elizabeth S. Godsey, P.E.
Elizabeth Godsey is the technical lead for Coastal Engineering and Regional Sediment Management for the USACE Mobile District (SAM). She has over 19 years of experience within USACE, providing diverse civil, military, and interagency coastal planning and engineering services. Much of her experience comes from leading the coastal engineering design services for the District’s Coastal Resiliency Program, which currently directs one of the largest authorized system-wide coastal storm risk management programs in USACE. Elizabeth has contributed to large-scale regional sediment-management strategies and restoration of several coastal barrier islands along the northern Gulf of Mexico. With the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program, she works with a broad multiagency team to integrate nonstructural solutions, such as voluntary buyouts in high risk areas, and use of natural features, such as marshes and barrier islands, in the system-wide strategy for risk reduction.
EWN Motivation: “I desire to build upon the successes we had in the Northern Gulf of Mexico to broaden the application of EWN and systems across the USACE enterprise. I have seen firsthand the high cost of constructing and maintaining vast assets of traditional gray infrastructure, as well as the increasing vulnerabilities resulting from climate change. I see the need to incorporate solutions that reduce life-cycle costs and provide for broader national economic, environmental, and social benefits.”
Coastal Practice Lead: Danielle Szimanski
Danielle Szimanski is a project manager and ecologist for the USACE Baltimore District (NAB) with 10 years of experience. She works in the Navigation Branch, focusing on shallow-draft operations and maintenance (O&M) dredging projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s Coastal Bays, which have led to island creation, wetland restoration, and small-scale beach renourishment. In addition to her work on shallow-draft dredging projects, she also has experience in oyster restoration projects, sediment sampling analysis studies, and planning studies. Recently, Danielle has been working on the Swan Island modeling project team, a collaborative multiagency effort to quantify the benefits of the island’s restoration from the Baltimore District’s maintenance dredging project. She also sits on the Baltimore District’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) board of directors, designing, organizing, and teaching the District’s newly revamped program.
EWN Motivation: “I want to encourage open sharing of EWN research and ideas to allow further collaboration and improvements across a range of disciplines. I hope to bridge gaps between organizations with common goals, facilitating better understanding, creation of new ideas, and productive relationships on future projects.”
Riverine Practice Leads
Riverine Practice Lead Eddie Brauer
Edward Joseph Brauer, P.E.
Edward Brauer is a senior hydraulic engineer in the USACE St. Louis District (MVS) and regional technical specialist in river engineering for the Mississippi Valley Division. He has 19 years of project experience, which includes navigation; environmental restoration; research on river-training structures, including physical effects and environmental impacts; sediment transport; geomorphology; field methods; and lock design on rivers within the U.S., South America, and Europe. He has developed and led classes on shallow draft navigation and river-training-structure design and construction (including EWN topics) for engineers in the U.S. and Brazil. He is a member of the USACE River Engineering Committee, the chair of the River Engineering Working Group, the secretary of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) Environmental Commission, and an adjunct professor at St. Louis University.
EWN Motivation: “I enjoy working to find solutions to engineering problems that include added value for a broad set of project partners and stakeholders. I want to foster consistent application of EWN principles within the districts and subsequently with the field-level engineers, biologists, and local stakeholders to support a cultural change in how we approach problems.”
Riverine Practice Lead Dave Crane
Dave Crane is an Environmental Resources Specialist in the Omaha District (NWO). He has 14 years of experience leading multidisciplinary, multiagency teams to plan, design, and oversee construction of projects with mutual ecosystem and flood risk management (FRM) benefits. He specializes in projects on large rivers across the Midwest, including the Missouri River and South Platte River. He has extensive experience working with the Missouri River Recovery Program, implementing habitat restoration projects while accommodating FRM and critical infrastructure. Dave has served as the environmental lead on multiple large-scale levee setbacks along the Missouri River, reconnecting thousands of acres of floodplain habitat and constructing of over 1,000 acres of “borrow-pit wetlands” on state and federal conservation land. He has found that the ecosystem benefits of a project can bring significant partnership opportunities that would not have been possible otherwise.
EWN Motivation: “I want to share how to accommodate ecosystem restoration while building for flood risk management and other USACE missions, and vice versa. I aim to help USACE staff understand who to partner with and how to organize complicated, multiagency teams into well-oiled machines.”