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USA Today Special Edition highlights the Network for Engineering With Nature (NEWN) and the university partners

June 2021 - USA Today Special Edition highlights the Network for Engineering With Nature (NEWN) and the university partners that have joined with the goal to accelerate the use of natural infrastructure in the public and private sector.

Through research, education, and application these partners are working to leverage natural systems for innovative infrastructure development. Full Article, pg. 78. (External link)

San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge

May 2021 - USACE Signs MOU with California Department of Water Resources to Collaborate on Engineering With Nature

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) and the California Department of Water Resources (CADWR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in May 2021 to collaborate on Engineering With Nature. USACE and CADWR share the common goal of sustainable, integrated management of water resources and flood systems that support public safety and ecosystem health. The collaboration will advance the use of Engineering With Nature principles and practices to beneficially integrate engineering and nature with infrastructure solutions and systems. By diversifying infrastructure project benefits (including social, economic, and environmental benefits) more socially acceptable, equitable, and thus viable solutions can be developed for communities. The MOU identifies the general framework that CADWR and USACE will use in their collaboration and potential project targets for such collaboration, including the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan and associated Conservation Strategy, San Joaquin River basin integrated watershed management, and other efforts. Both organizations are committed to advancing future practice through innovation, demonstration and communication to achieve strategic and operational objectives. MOU (PDF)

This photo was taken opposite the Dos Rios Ranch looking at the mouth of the West Stanislaus Irrigation District intake canal at the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge. It is the site of the Three Amigos Non-Structural Alternative flood protection project – a collaboration between the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Hemimysis-driven novel ecosystem

April 2021 - Incorporating Nature-based Solutions to the Built Environment.

Two articles featuring EWN demonstration projects are available as part of a special series documenting the way in which the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets can be addressed when nature-based solutions (NBS) are incorporated into the built environment.

"Integrating Engineering With Nature® strategies and landscape architecture techniques into the Sabine-to-Galveston Coastal Storm Risk Management Project." Learn how EWN strategies were developed then design concepts tested through collaborative drawing sessions to ultimately expand overall project value and produce infrastructure to benefit the coastal community. Read More. (Internal link)

"A Hemimysis-driven novel ecosystem at a modified rubble-mound breakwater: An Engineering With Nature® Demonstration Project." See how this project used a low-cost design modification applied during the repair of rubble-mound breakwater structures to achieve benefits beyond safe navigation. Read More. (Internal link)

NNBF group picture

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