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Featured: Landscape architecture provides a powerful approach for revealing and communicating multi-functional value in projects. The EWN initiative has been collaborating with landscape architects for several years to identify ways of creating diversified economic, environmental and social value through infrastructure investment. Our recently updated EWN Designs page includes several reports, innovative designs and architectural renderings that illustrate EWN principles and practices in application for new and existing USACE projects around the country. We hope you are inspired by the potential for Engineering With Nature!

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    Design & Renderings: Jetty design with expanded ecosystem services.
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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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    Design & Renderings: Aerial of restored parcel that includes walking trails, native vegetation and other recreational opportunities.
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    Design & Renderings: Horizontal levee design that achieves storm and flood risk reduction while increasing habitat value.
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    Design & Renderings: Design rendering that depicts diverse marine ecosystem near Galveston-Bolivar, Texas.
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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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    Design & Renderings: Cross section of breakwater concept that increases expands ecosystem service and recreational benefits. Courtesy of Scape Studios.
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    Design & Renderings: Rendering that depicts marsh mounds created through beneficial use of dredged sediment.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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.

Call for Project Nominations for the EWN® An Atlas Volume 2 (ends March 13, 2020).

Due to the strong, positive response to the EWN Atlas, we are now actively planning the development of Volume 2 of the Atlas, where we plan to feature >50 new projects illustrating practice around the world. We are pleased to announce that Volume 2 of the EWN Atlas is planned for publication and release in fall 2020.

EWN News

Brief Research Report Article in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution titled Evaluating Resilience Co-Benefits of Engineering with Nature® Projects is now available. Read more (internal link)

The Corps Environment, Volume 21, Issue 2: Unexpected partnership advances mutual goals. See article (PDF)

EWN introduces a new page: Designs. Producing LA renderings is a valuable technique that can be leveraged to convey information about a project and its integration with the surrounding environment. Designs (internal link)

The Corps Environment Volume 21, Issue 1: Project nears completion with landmark publication (PDF)

List of new and updated EWN initiative projects now available (internal link)

Call for Project Nominations for the EWN An Atlas Volume 2 to end March 13, 2020. (internal link)

University of Georgia offers the Nature-Based Infrastructure Engineering and Design course for the spring semester. (PDF)

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.