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The EWN Webinar Series covers important topics, best practices, cutting-edge research and the latest developments in this growing field that seeks to align natural and engineering process in order to efficiently and sustainably deliver economic, environmental and social benefits. These publicly accessible seminars are offered periodically and available for all sectors, individuals, and interested learners to engage with experts in the growing EWN community. If you are interested in receiving notifications for future seminars, please provide us with your contact information using the Contact Us feature. Previous seminars have been recorded and are available on this page along with applicable fliers, slides and videos. We hope you enjoy the seminars and welcome your feedback.

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N-EWN: The Network for Engineering With Nature, Developing Future Practice and Practitioners

November 2020 – N-EWN: The Network for Engineering With Nature, Developing Future Practice and Practitioners

  • Dr. Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist (ST), Environmental Science, National Lead, USACE EWN,
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Dr. Brian Bledsoe, UGA Athletic Association Professor
  • Director, Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems, University of Georgia

Summary/Description:
The University of Georgia’s Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering With Nature Initiative have formed a partnership. N-EWN will be a clearing house for tools, products and outreach for nature-based solutions and natural infrastructure projects. Today we’ll learn more about how N-EWN will work to prepare the engineers, ecologists and social scientists of the future and to advance our capabilities to deliver infrastructure solutions for communities and ecosystems.

11/01/2020

Coordination of Built and Natural Infrastructure to Enhance Human-Natural Water System Resilience

September 2020 - Coordination of Built and Natural Infrastructure to Enhance Human-Natural Water System Resilience

  • Dr. John Sabo, Professor, School of Life Sciences
  • Founding Director, Future H2O
  • Knowledge Enterprise Development, Arizona State University

Summary/Description:
Natural infrastructure offers a promising, soft-path solution to water security challenges, but the scientific framework for siting and measuring the efficacy of such restoration projects is nascent. In this study, we addressed this research gap in the Brazos River basin, the largest river basin in Texas, USA, and a basin undergoing intensifying extremes (drought and flood). Our analysis is motivated by the tension between changing extremes and the resilience of coastal manufacturing in the region, but with an eye for guiding corporate water stewardship “beyond the four walls” of manufacturing facilities and towards a broader basin-scale view of water stewardship. To this end, we developed a scientific framework and financial toolkit for quantifying the potential impact of constructed wetlands on streamflow (water outcomes) and cash flow (investment outcomes) compared to a purely built, or hard path, infrastructure project heightening an existing dam.

09/10/2020