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- USACE's EWN initiative conducted a short course titled, "Engineering With Nature® for Sustainable Estuaries" in association with the Restore America’s Estuaries 2018 Summit in Long Beach, California. Go to the workshop (internal link)
Go to the workshop (internal link)
Go to the workshop (internal link)
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- Experts from around the world joined at the University of California Santa Cruz for the NNBF Symposium.
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- hosted by the International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE) 2018
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- Research group studies restoration sites to determine shape of future projects
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- Conference videos, presentations, and building with nature guidelines.
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- Cornell Chronicle. >>Read article (PDF)
- Dr. Tosin Sekoni, research ecologist at ERDC and the USACE Philadelphia District conducted a field-based, Engineering With Nature workshop that taught new techniques in living shoreline establishment practices. >>Read more (PDF)
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- Terra et Aqua #150. >>Read the article (PDF)
- WEDA Press Release- WEDA's 2017 Environmental Excellence Award for Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change presented to EWN team.
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- The ERDC partnered with USACE Galveston District to conduct a field-based EWN workshop.
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- Application of native plant species enhance engineering objectives.
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- Siddharth Narayan, civil engineer at the University of California Santa Cruz and Dr. Todd Bridges who directs the EWN initiative, discuss the benefits of nature-based solutions in a PBS News Hour Science article. >>Read the article (external link)
- WEDA Press Release- WEDA's 2017 Environmental Excellence Award for Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change was presented to the Project Team for Strategically Placing Dredged Material Enhancing Horseshoe Bend Island, Horseshoe Bend Island Project in the Atchafalaya River, Louisiana, USA. Read more details.
Project team members are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research & Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District; Weeks Marine, Inc.; Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company; and Mike Hooks, Inc. During the 1990s, placement of shoal material dredged from Horseshoe Bend occurred at eight wetland development sites located along the river's banklines adjacent to the channel. Capacity of these placement sites was nearly exhausted by 1999. Beginning in 2002, strategic placement of the sediment dredged from Horseshoe Bend occurred at the mid-river open water placement area. Between 0.5 to 1.8 million cubic yards of sediment were placed every 1 to 3 years. This influenced and contributed to the development of an approximately 35 hectare island mid-river. The initial goal was to improve the understanding of how and why the island was formed over a 12 year period. Climate change, navigation, environmental, and economic benefits were identified and quantified to determine the multiple benefits being realized for enhancing the coastal Louisiana landscape with a focus upon carbon sequestration in the created habitat and CO2 reductions in emissions.
As the USACE increases its use of Engineering with Nature (EWN) principles and practices nationwide, capturing the full array of benefits of reductions in carbon released to the atmosphere as well as the environmental, economic, and social benefits generated by these novel solutions becomes critical. The USACE Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) developed metrics to capture the benefits of strategically placing dredged material in a river system to allow nature to self-form an island downstream that is producing a wide array of benefits both for local communities and the broader ecosystem at large. These metrics can be used to justify the application of this island-building approach at other riverine sites nationwide. >>Read the article (external link)
- On March 23, 2017, The Engineer Research and Development Center partnered with USACE Galveston District to conduct a field-based EWN workshop. >>Read the article (external link)
- The ERDC and USACE Galveston District conducted a field-based EWN workshop that demonstrated how the application of native plant species can enhance engineering objectives while maximizing environmental benefits. The addition of vegetation resulted in nature-based features that enhanced the structural integrity of dikes in placement areas located in the Galveston Bay, Matagorda Bay, and Corpus Christi Bay. >>Download the demo workshop video (1:25) (mp4)
- Dr. Todd Bridges, Dr. Jeff King, Ms. Mary Bryant, and Dr. Todd Swannack participated in the Natural Capital Symposium (NCS) at Stanford University, Stanford, CA. The NCS brought together more than 300 leaders in natural capital approaches from more than 30 countries located around the world. Read more details.
Keynote speakers at the symposium included the presidents and CEOs of the World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy. The NCS coordinates with international and domestic groups focusing on natural capital approaches, to ensure that the growing community of practice around natural capital approaches continues to engage, learn, and adapt. Interactive sessions throughout the symposium focused around five central themes: sustainable development planning, securing freshwater, fostering resilient coastal communities, developing sustainable cities, and creating standards for the private sector. Throughout the week, the US Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) Engineer Re search and Development Center's (ERDC) participants made several connections and identified numerous collaboration opportunities that will leverage ongoing ERDC research projects with current NCS projects. As an invited speaker, Dr. Todd Bridges provided the audience with a description of ERDC's Engineering with Nature (EWN) Program including highlights of several USACE coastal projects that resulted in ecosystem and engineering benefits.
Likewise, Dr. King and Ms. Bryant presented posters that offered symposium attendees additional insight specific to EWN and ERDC's coastal engineering research. The symposium concluded with Dr. Bridges, Dr. King, Ms. Bryant and Dr. Swannack hosting a workshop that focused on the elucidation and quantification of benefits derived from Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF). Information derived from this workshop will be integrated into a chapter of the International NNBF Guidelines Document, which is an independent effort being led by ERDC.
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- Dr. Burton Suedel was interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio about the collaboration between the USACE and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee to create breakwater habitat in Milwaukee. Read more details.
Breakwater structures are designed to protect vessels from the effect of waves by forming an artificial harbor. Large rock is often used to armor a breakwater structure in the Great Lakes. To create a more dynamic habitat for a variety of aquatic animals the USACE is evaluating the placement of smaller rocks with the larger rocks.
Photo of breakwater was captured by Susan Bence.
>>Read more about this story and listen to the interview (external link)
- The Engineer Research and Development Center partnered with USACE Philadelphia District to conduct an EWN workshop. >>Read the article (external link)
- Dr. Todd Bridges presented LTC Michael Bliss, USACE Philadelphia District (NAP) Commander, with a plaque recognizing NAP as an EWN "Proving Ground" and its commitment to promoting the principals and practices of EWN in its programs and projects.
The Engineer Research and Development Center partnered with USACE Buffalo District to repair common tern (Sterna hirundo) habitat. >>Read the article (external link)
- The Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research and EWN programs have joined with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's Office of Science and Technology and Sedimentation and River Hydraulics Group to produce a design support manual on large wood utilization in river and floodplain restoration. The target audience is the entire community of restoration practice. The manual addresses project planning, geomorphic effects, ecological responses, design and engineering, risk issues, regulatory considerations, project implementation and staging, monitoring and adaptive management, active and passive restoration techniques, large wood dynamics in peak flows, and large wood utilization and considerations in flood response. >>Download the manual (PDF)
- Ms. Monica Chasten of the US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District was presented the 2016 Engineering With Nature (EWN) Leadership Award for her contributions to the EWN program over the last six years. Read more details.
Ms. Chasten was presented with the award by Dr. Todd Bridges, ERDC Senior Research Scientist and EWN Program Manager. Ms. Chasten and the Philadelphia District, as an EWN Proving Ground, have been incorporating EWN practices and principles into its New Jersey projects where dredged material is being beneficially used to restore degraded marsh and create habitat for a variety of wildlife. The award was created to recognize outstanding EWN proponents who provide their time and expertise to advance EWN throughout the Corps.
- The Engineer Research and Development Center partnered with USACE Philadelphia District to plan marsh restoration. >>Read the article (external link)
- Dr. Todd Bridges was the keynote speaker at the "Engineers Australia" speaker tour. >>Read the article (external link)
- LTG Bostick visited the USACE Buffalo District on 3 September 2015. Mr. Matthew Burkett, Project Manager, provided a poster presentation titled Engineering With Nature (EWN) and the Great Lakes: An Achievable Path to Sustainable Projects and Benefits. The Buffalo and Galveston Districts have agreed to serve as EWN Proving Grounds for District-wide implementation of the principles and practices of EWN. >>View the poster (PDF)
- Cynthia Banks briefed MG Richard Stevens, USACE Deputy Commanding General (DCG), on Engineering With Nature (EWN). In addition to the DCG, attendees included: MAJ Sha-Lin Ynacay (Executive Officer to the DCG), COL Mitchell Lewis (USACE Chaplin), Dr. David Pittman (ERDC Deputy Director) and Dr. Beth Fleming (ERDC Environmental Laboratory Director). Discussions ensued on the wide range applicability of EWN in Civil Works and how important it will be to share lessons learned along the way. The group was also visiting to participate in the Change of Command Ceremony.
- Dr. Todd Bridges, Dr. Burton Suedel, Cynthia Banks (all of ERDC-EL) and Dr. Julie Rosati (ERDC-CHL) met with USACE Galveston District (SWG) on 31 August 15 in Galveston, TX for a workshop to collaboratively discuss Engineering With Nature (EWN) on the Texas Coast. Read more details.
The twenty-three participants included representatives from the Texas General Land Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Port of Houston Authority, and National Marine Fisheries Service. The workshop began with a field site inspection to the Bolivar Marsh Restoration and Evia Island Creation projects Afterwards, workshop participants discussed coastal Texas regional sediment and ecological resources management opportunities within the Galveston Bay, identified knowledge gaps, and explored R&D project development opportunities. In addition, Dr. Bridges presented Col. Richard Pannell, SWG Commander, with a plaque recognizing SWG as an EWN "Proving Ground" and its commitment to promoting the principals and practices of EWN in its programs and projects.
- Natural and Nature-Based Features offer valuable options for developing ‘multiple lines of defense’ for coastal systems with the aim of producing social, economic and ecological benefits that promote coastal and community resilience. >>View the brochure (PDF)
- The USACE Galveston District was selected as a "Proving Ground" for EWN. >>Read the article (external link)
- The USACE Buffalo District was selected as a "Proving Ground" for EWN. >>Read the article (external link)
- Monica Chasten, Operations Project Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District and Engineering With Nature Leadership Team Member, received a national award on Capitol Hill for her efforts to help re-establish coastal navigation and restore degraded marsh in New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Read more details.
Chasten was honored with the Army Corps of Engineers Award by the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) during a ceremony at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. in Feb. 2015. ASBPA bestows the honor to an individual who makes significant contributions to coastal projects. The ASBPA citation stated that Chasten “epitomizes the role of a public servant and has been a tireless advocate for Regional Sediment Management practices.” >>Read the article (external link)
- USACE Galveston and Buffalo Districts have agreed to serve as EWN "proving grounds" for district-wide implementation of principles and practices. Ongoing efforts included an implementation workshop with each district conducted by the EWN Leadership Team. At each workshop, participants shared information about EWN and ongoing projects, and worked in collaborative teams to identify opportunities to implement principles and practices in current and future district projects.
>>(October 21-22, 2014) Galveston District (workshops)
>>(December 1-3, 2014) Buffalo District (workshops)
- EWN Leadership Team members recently contributed to the Western Dredging Association and Texas A&M Dredging Summit and Expo in a significant way through oral and poster presentations, leadership and national recognition. >>More details here (internal link)
- Dr. Todd Bridges and Cynthia Banks briefed the Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), on Engineering With Nature and Natural and Nature-Based Features along with Ms. Kate Brandt, Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy, LTG Antoinette Gant, Honorable Darcy's Executive Officer, and John Coho and Amelia Bourne, USACE. The theme of the trip was 'Sustainability and Energy'.
- The ERDC and the Institute for Water Resources (IWR) have joined forces in support of the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS) to develop a technical framework for evaluating and implementing Natural and Nature-based Features (NNBF) to reduce coastal storm risks and enhance system resilience. Read more details.
The study promotes the concept of multiple lines of defense include NNBF solutions (e.g., beach nourishment, artificial reefs, dunes, salt marshes, and living shorelines) that can be used in combination with structural and non-structural measures to generate an array of ecosystem benefits, including reductions in coastal storm damages, recreational benefits, and wide variety of environmental benefits. >>NNBF (internal link)
- The Engineering With Nature program has been recognized for its contributions by advancing EWN principles and practices within USACE. The team recognized at the USACE National Awards Ceremony and was recently presented both awards during an awards ceremony in October.
- The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Environmental Laboratory's (EL) Dr. Thomas Fredette, Research Biologist, was recently presented the first Engineering With Nature (EWN) Leadership Award for his contributions to the EWN program for the last five years. Dr. Fredette was presented with the award by Dr. Todd Bridges, ERDC-EL Senior Research Scientist and EWN Program Manager. Read more details.
The award was created to recognize outstanding EWN proponents who provide their time and expertise to advance EWN throughout the Corps. The award presentation was made on 2 December 2014 during an EWN workshop that kicked off the Buffalo District's (LRB) participation as a lead EWN District. LRB has already been actively working on EWN demonstration projects with Dr. Fredette on benthic habitat development at the Cleveland, OH breakwater and common tern nesting habitat development at the Ashtabula, OH breakwater.
- The book entitled, "A Design Manual: Engineering With Nature Using Native Plant Communities" (PDF) has been published. For more information about EWN using Native Plant Communities, click here. (internal link)
- Drs. Todd Bridges and Jarrell Smith brief LTG Thomas Bostick, USACE Commanding General, on 28 AUG 14. Dr. Bridges presented a poster titled "Engineering With Nature and Natural and Nature-Based Features: A Path to Sustainable Projects and Benefits" which described the USACE Engineering With Nature Program and broad topics including environmental sustainability, coastal resilience, beneficial use of dredged material, strategic sediment placement and technology transfer. Read more details.
Dr. Smith demonstrated the Sediment Erosion with Depth Flume (Sedflume) and the Particle Imaging Camera System (PICS) both state-of-the-science devices and methods that enable scientists and engineers to perform quantitative measurements of sediment transport processes in the laboratory and the field.
- To learn more about "Realizing a Triple Win in the Desert: Systems-level Engineering With Nature on the Rio Grande", visit >>here. (external link)
- Engineering With Nature is part of the sustainability article discussed on page 44.
- EWN was featured in The Military Engineer (TME) 2014 January/February publication (Volume 106, Issue 687). TME is published by the Society of Military Engineers. This article can be found on page 41. >>Read the article (external link)
- EWN was featured in the Corps Environment newsletter (Volume 15, Issue 2). The article was titled “ERDC Environmental Research Supports USACE Civil Works, Military Missions”; and can be found on page 3. >>Read the article (external link)
- In support of the Army Education Outreach Program (AEOP), Dr. Duncan Bryant and Jessica Coleman HQUSACE participated in the NJ&EE STEM Challenge workshop on 17 June 2014 at the National Conference Center, Leesburg, VA. The purpose and goal of the two and half hour workshop was to reinforce the real-world application of multi-disciplinary STEM concepts and problem-solving, collaboration and creativity, professionalism and presentation skills. Read more details.
The challenge focused on USACE's role in managing our nation's water infrastructure. The workshop description was, "Change the way you think about environmental engineering as you manage a river system in order to ensure the survivability of the local area endangered species, produce the required power by the hydropower units, manage flood risk, and provide the necessary water to the agricultural sector." Seven students ranged from grades 6-9th, and consisted of students who placed first in their regional Ecybermission challenges. The scientific and engineering concepts taught in this challenge will feed into the broader societal discussion of managing our natural resources with the future leaders in the STEM arena.
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