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EWN runs and hosts workshops, seminars, roundtables, and other meetings as part of its core activities. These events provide the opportunity to hear experts speak about EWN applications and concepts. Most events are for our USACE districts and cooperating partners. The content is organized into the following categories: briefings, lectures, short courses, and workshops. Use the dropdown to sort by category, sort by date, or perform a keyword search.

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May 16-17, 2019 - NNBF Symposium at Edinburgh’s Centre for Carbon Innovation, Edinburgh, Scotland (details)

05/16/1019 05/17/1019 symposium

During May 16th –17th, 2019, England's Environment Agency and USACE's Engineering With Nature (EWN) Initiative hosted a Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) Symposium at Edinburgh's Centre for Carbon Innovation, Edinburgh, Scotland. Over 100 people from 15 different countries attended the symposium, which offered a range of topics including, but not limited to: the UK's Building With Nature (BwN) Program, Natural Flood Management in the UK's Cumbria, UK's Land4Flood Program, NNBF practices in the United States, and sandy reinforcement of Houtribdijk in the Netherlands. The symposium also offered a breakout session for participants to learn more about specific ways to deliver nature-based solutions through more focused discussions about projects and associated best practices, which were derived from this international community. The symposium concluded on Friday (May 19th) with site visits to the Eddleston Water Project and Belford Natural Flood Scheme Project. The Symposium was offered in conjunction with a planned, in-person meeting of the working group for the International NNBF Guidelines Project that occurred May 13th-15th, 2019. Please see the NNBF Guidelines Project – Spring 2019 to learn more about the agenda and exhibits associated with the meeting.

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Welcome by Roseanna Cunningham

May 16th, Symposium Presentations

May 17th, Symposium Site Visits

Additional Information

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Belford, leaky dam using fallen trees
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Belford, directing water flow to overflow pond
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Belford, NNBF group walking to view natural flood management strategies.

April 15, 2019 - EWN Seminar: Engineering With Nature meets with University of Oklahoma, Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds (CREW); guest presenter, Dr. Robert Nairn, Director of CREW at OU. (details)

04/15/1019 workshop

POCs:

TOPIC: Ecotoxic Metal Retention in Ecologically-Engineered, Passive Treatment Systems: An Engineering With Nature Application in Small Mid-Continent Watersheds

Water quality degradation due to past mining practices has led to substantial ecological damage in small watersheds of the Central United States. The University of Oklahoma Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds (CREW) has led efforts to design, construct and evaluate passive technologies which promote specific, naturally-occurring, ecosystem-scale mechanisms to address contaminants of concern. See Flyer (pdf)

Agenda (PDF)

Seminar

R&D Lightning Talks

March 20, 2019 & April 11, 2019 - Engineering With Nature on Capitol Hill (details)

03/20/2019 04/11/2019 briefing

In two events in March and April, information sessions on the topic of Natural Infrastructure: A Smart Investment were held for House and Senate staff and others. On 20 March 2019, the Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee sponsored the House information session, which was organized by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and included participation from Caterpillar, AECOM, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, and USACE, which was represented by Dr. Todd Bridges, National Lead for the USACE EWN Initiative. On 11 April 2019, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee sponsored an information session on the same topic. During both sessions, short presentations by panel members were followed by a discussion period when attendees posed a range of questions regarding future opportunities for natural infrastructure, engineering and policy considerations, and follow-on actions. The attendees at the session were provided with copies of the EWN Strategic Plan, the recently published book Engineering With Nature: An Atlas, and other supporting materials. Positive discussion and feedback was offered during both sessions.

POC: Dr. Todd Bridges, Todd.S.Bridges@usace.army.mil

Invite for the House of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and House Staff (PDF)

Invite for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (PDF)

Natural Infrastructure Briefings

  • USACE Engineering With Nature by Dr. Todd Bridges, National Lead for the USACE EWN Initiative (PDF)
  • AECOM by Dr. Michael Donahue, Vice President, AECOM (PDF)
  • The Nature Conservancy by Ms. Sara Murdock, Director, US Climate Resilience and Water Policy at The Nature Conservancy (PDF)

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Pictures from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee session held on 11 April 2019.

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Pictures from the House of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee session held 20 March 2019.

March 28, 2019 - Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) 2019 Sustainability Training Forum: Puget Sound Recovery & the Built Environment (details)

03/28/2019 conference session

The SAME 2019 Sustainability Forum was hosted at the University of Washington, Husky Union Building (HUB). This one-day training forum featured keynote speaker Dr. Todd Bridges, USACE National Lead for the Engineering With Nature Initiative (EWN) and Luncheon Speaker Stephanie Solien, Vice Chair Puget Sound Partnership, Co-Chair Southern Resident Orca Task Force. The training forum was composed of sessions focused on Puget Sound Recovery Track and the Built Environment Track. A session focused on EWN discussed a broad range of applications and value that can be provided by using the EWN approach specific to the Puget Sound region.

SAME Program (PDF)

Plenary Program

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Engineering With Nature Training Session & Forum:

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December 13, 2018 - 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. (details)

12/13/2018 short course

On December 13, 2018, the 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. The short course included a range of topics that provided participants (1) an overview of EWN practices and example projects that promote coastal resilience, flood risk reduction and enhance ecosystem services; (2) an introduction to a diverse number of EWN solutions, which include a systems approach that incorporates the use of natural and nature-based features (NNBF); (3) a greater understanding of the application and utility of specific NNBF types (e.g., beaches/dunes, wetlands, reefs, islands, etc.) used to create EWN solutions; (4) insight into current efforts to quantify EWN "triple win" outcomes; and (5) methods for achieving project success through the incorporation of the four EWN elements. Approximately 85 individuals participated in the short course, which included 14 speakers from a diverse set of organizations that are applying EWN practices to address current and future-anticipated, issues/challenges confronting our estuarine systems. All participants in the EWN Short Course received a copy of the EWN Atlas, which served as a course book highlighting 56 EWN projects. The RAE EWN Short Course agenda for the December 13th presentations is included. Likewise, the presentations are also included for your review.

Agenda

Introduction

Coastal Wetlands: EWN Applied Research, Outcomes, and Case Studies

Beaches and Dune Systems: EWN Applied Research, Outcomes, and Case Studies

Other Estuarine Features: EWN Applied Research, Outcomes and Case Studies

Organizational Thoughts and Perspectives: Considerations Pursuing EWN Initiatives in Coastal Systems

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December 12, 2018 - USACE hosted an Engineering With Nature Session as part of the Restore America's Estuaries 2018 Summit in Long Beach, CA. (details)

12/12/2018 conference sessions

On December 12, 2018, USACE hosted an Engineering With Nature (EWN) Session titled, "Engineering With Nature (EWN) for Sustainable Estuaries: Collaborating for "Triple-Win" Solutions" as part of the Restore America's Estuaries 2018 Summit in Long Beach, CA. The EWN Session included a range of topics with a focus on recent EWN activities, coastal projects and emerging EWN research and collaborations that are occurring in estuarine systems. Presentations were offered by a total of six speakers from a diverse set of organizations (e.g., USACE, Auburn University, NOAA, and Ecology & Environment, Inc.) that are applying EWN practices and/or conducting EWN research. Throughout the session, participants were provided information on: EWN practices, technologies and case studies; Integration of EWN science, engineering and education; and EWN updates specific to efforts supporting coastal resilience and estuarine sustainability. The RAE EWN Session outline for the December 12th presentations is included. Likewise, the presentations are also included for your review.

Session Description

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November 1, 2018 - EWN Initiative Hosts Three Sessions during American Shore & Beach Preservation (ASBPA) Association Meeting (details)

11/01/2018 lecture

On November 1, 2018, USACE hosted three EWN Sessions as part of the ASBPA’s 2018 National Coastal Conference in Galveston, Texas. The three EWN Sessions included a range of topics with a focus on recent EWN activities, coastal projects and emerging EWN research. Presentations were offered by a total of 12 speakers from a diverse set of organizations that are applying EWN practices and/or conducting EWN research. Throughout the sessions, participants were provided information on: EWN practices, technologies and case studies; Integration of EWN science, engineering and education; and EWN updates specific to efforts supporting coastal resilience and development of the International Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) Guidelines. The ASBPA agenda for November 1st EWN presentations is included. Likewise, the presentations are also included for your review. POCs: Todd Bridges, todd.s.bridges@usace.army.mil and Jeffrey King, jeffrey.k.king@usace.army.mil

ASBPA Conference

Session 1: EWN Introduction and Example Case Studies

Session II: Combining Science, Engineering and Education

Session III: EWN Considerations for Coastal Resilience, NNBF Guidelines, and the Natural Infrastructure Initiative

September 20, 2018 - NNBF Symposium Offered at University of California Santa Cruz (details)

09/20/2018 Symposium

On September 20, 2018, USACE, The Nature Conservancy and the University of California Santa Cruz hosted a Symposium on Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF). The symposium included a range of topics information specific to: NNBF practices and example projects that promote resilience and flood risk reduction; application/utility of specific NNBF types (coastal and riverine/fluvial examples); valuation and benefits analysis, which includes engineering, environmental, and socio‐economic; US and international examples of NNBF projects; the important role of community and stakeholder engagement; and R&D efforts that support NNBF solutions. Four session were offered and included 15 speakers from a diverse set of organizations that are applying Engineering With Nature (EWN) practices in pursuit of enhanced coastal resilience.

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NNBF Point of Contact:


Session I: NNBF Projects and Associated Applications/Techniques in Western US

  1. Hamilton and Sears Point Projects by Julien Meisler, Sonoma Land Trust, and Elizabeth Murray, USACE-ERDC
  2. Strategic Sediment Placement in SF Bay by Jeremy Lowe, San Francisco Estuary Institute
  3. 2013 Colorado Flood Recovery: A Case Study in Riverine/Fluvial NNBF Applications by Randy H. Mandel, Great Ecology, Inc.

Session II: Communication, Collaboration and Public Engagement

  1. Telling the Story of NNBF by Doug Parsons, America Adapts Media
  2. Public Engagement on NNBF: Building the Case by Sarah Newkirk, The Nature Conservancy
  3. Large Scale and Long Term: The Role of Science and Collaboration in Large Ecosystem Restoration Projects by Anne Morkill, USFWS San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex
  4. FEMA Perspectives on NNBF by Katie Grasty, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Session III: Valuation, Financing, and Perspectives on NNBF Integration to Enhance Flood Risk Reduction Strategies

  1. Rigorously Valuing the Flood Savings from Wetlands and Reefs for Insurance and Disaster Recovery by Mike Beck, The Nature Conservancy
  2. Financing Natural and Nature-based Features: How to Pay for NNBF by Charlie Colgan, MIIS Center for Blue Economy
  3. Natural Capital Solutions in the Private Sector by Jim South, The Nature Conservancy
  4. Mainstreaming Nature Based Solutions in World Bank Flood Risk Reduction Investments by Denis Jean-Jacques Jordy, The World Bank

Session IV: International NNBF Pursuits and Resilience Efforts in California’s North Bay Watershed

  1. NNBF Examples and Flood Risk Reduction Measures in the Netherlands by Quirijn Lodder, Rijkswaterstaat
  2. NNBF & Flood Risk Reduction Projects from Canada by Enda Murphy, National Research Council-Canada
  3. North Bay Watershed Resilience by LTC Travis Rayfield, USACE San Francisco District

July 29, 2018 - Short Course: NNBF for Coastal Resilience hosted by the International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE) 2018 (details)

07/29/2018 workshop

Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) Short Course

The US Army Corps of Engineers organized and conducted (July 29, 2018) a short course titled, “Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) for Coastal Resilience” in association with the International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE) 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. The short course included a range of topics with a focus on current and emerging NNBF applications in coastal settings. Course lectures were offered by 14 speakers from a diverse set of organizations that are applying Engineering With Nature (EWN) practices in pursuit of enhanced coastal resilience. Throughout the one-day course, participants were provided on: NNBF practices that promote coastal resilience and flood risk reduction; applications and utility of specific NNBF types (e.g., beaches/dunes, wetlands, reefs, islands, etc.); benefits analysis that includes engineering, environmental, and socio-economic components; information on example NNBF projects; the importance of community and stakeholder engagement; and insight into current R&D efforts that support NNBF solutions and strategies.

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NNBF Point of Contact:

Short-Course Agenda

Short Course Presentation

Application and Utility of Specific NNBF Types:

  1. Application and Utility of Specific NNBF Types: Tidal WetlandsGeorganna Collins and Dr. Nigel Pontee (PDF)
  2. NNBF Solutions using Tidal WetlandsDr. Nigel Pontee (PDF)
  3. Reefs/Sub-Aquatic Vegetation Dr. Siddharth Narayan and Dr. Jane Smith (PDF)
  4. Mangroves Case StudyDr. Victoria “Tori” Johnson (PDF)
  5. Beaches/DunesJohn Winkleman (PDF)
  6. IslandsDr. Joe Gailani and Monica Chasten (PDF)
  7. NNBF w/ Highway and Linear Transportation Projects – Case StudyTina Hodges (PDF)

Important Considerations When Pursuing NNBF Projects:

  1. Framework for NNBF ProjectsDr. Jeffrey King (PDF)
  2. Community & Stakeholder EngagementDr. Maria Dillard (PDF)
  3. Identifying/Reporting Benefits Associated with NNBF Projects: Qualitative/Quantitative Analysis of Engineering, Environmental, and Socio-Economic ParametersDr. Siddharth Narayan and Dr. Nigel Pontee (PDF)
  4. State of the Science/Engineering: R&D Focused on NNBF: Current efforts Knowledge Gaps and Barriers Future Needs and OpportunitiesDr. Julie Rosati (PDF)

May 6, 2018 - 34th PIANC World Congress Conference short course: Working with Nature in the Americas: Generating Ecosystem Services in the Waterborne Transport Sector (details)

05/06/2018 workshop

A short course on “Working with Nature in the Americas: Generating Ecosystem Services in the Waterborne Transport Sector” was held May 6, 2018, in Panama City, Panama, coincident with the 34th PIANC World Congress Conference. The short course discussed the application of Working with Nature in practice and drew from three active PIANC EnviCom Working Groups: Working Group 176 on Working with Nature (WwN); working Group 195 on Ecosystem Services; and Working Group 175 on Managing Environmental Risks. Each topic was discussed as it related to waterborne transport infrastructure and an international collection of case examples were presented illustrating how projects effectively created ecosystem services while managing risks. Several projects that were WwN-certified by PIANC were presented as examples of how WwN concepts were applied in the Americas and globally.

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Related PIANC Working Groups:

Case Studies:

Discussions and Closing Remarks:

Workshop participants identified a list of necessary ingredients for making progress on developing and implementing Working with Nature in infrastructure projects:

  1. Promote recognition that natural systems have a value to be conserved and enhanced.
  2. Advance our ability to measure and communicate added value.
  3. Improve our ability to investigate, estimate and project the costs for WwN measures and projects. This is needed for communication with decision makers, those who will be approving project investments. We need the means to develop confidence in cost estimates and management.
  4. Project development should be an inclusive process, from design to outcomes, through meaningful stakeholder engagement (e.g., the community, and others).
  5. Effective communication is key. Engineers and scientists tend to use technical language. This language is not always accessible to stakeholders. We need to communicate so we are understood.
  6. Communication should be balanced, to include both environmental and engineering considerations (issues and opportunities). We shouldn’t be emphasizing one to the detriment of the other.
  7. Project teams would benefit from obtaining professional help to develop and implement comprehensive communication plans.
  8. Engineers need to understand how to implement WwN in order to develop better projects that incorporate natural value. Also, stakeholders should be actively engaged in order to develop broad understanding about the project. Expectations should be actively managed.
  9. We need to develop deliberate diversity within our project teams in support of planning, design, construction and operations. Engineers can’t just talk and work with other engineers and biologists can’t just talk and work with other biologists. WwN requires an integrated blend of expertise.
  10. The worldwide WwN community, including project teams, should engage universities as a way of contributing to the education and training of future engineers and environmental scientists.
  11. Focused investment is needed to develop design manuals, guides, standards, etc. to support engineering practice related to WwN.
  12. An integrated approach is needed in the development of future standards so that WwN opportunities and solutions becomes a part of “normal” or conventional engineering practice, e.g., channel design, breakwater design, etc.
  13. Courage. We need champions who are willing to invest in innovative approaches without perfect knowledge about outcomes.
  14. Persistence. The path to innovation and progress can be long and bumpy; commitment and determination are needed to keep pushing the project forward. You have to be prepared for the long-haul.

April 9-12, 2018 - ERDC-NAP Demonstration Workshop on Engineering with Nature; Rehoboth Beach, DE (details)

04/09/2018 04/10/2018 04/11/2018 04/12/2018 workshop

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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.

BOTTOM LINE UPFRONT: The US Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Engineer, Research and Development Center (ERDC) and Philadelphia District (NAP) conducted a field-based, Engineering with Nature (EWN) workshop that taught new techniques in living shoreline establishment practices to enhance engineering objectives while maximizing environmental benefits. The addition of vegetation to an existing revetment resulted in nature-based features that attenuate waves, build dunes, create wildlife habitat, and prevent erosion in areas located along the Bubble Gum Beach, Indian River Inlet, the Delaware Bay and surrounding ecosystems. The workshop offered an interagency group field experience in conducting living shoreline plantings while providing insights and instructions for incorporating EWN principles into existing projects. This is the second of a series of field-based, EWN workshops that will be facilitated by ERDC to train USACE engineers, scientists, and project managers on new techniques to manage existing engineering structures using native vegetation.

BACKGROUND: In March 2016, the USACE and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-National Ocean Service (NOS) conducted a collaborative workshop on Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF). During this workshop, participants identified several NNBF collaborative projects, and the use of native vegetation on Dredged Material Placement Areas was identified as priority for application of EWN principles and practices on a national scale. Currently, this concept is being expanded to other areas such as USACE dams, reservoirs, parks, and public and private lands. In June 2016, NAP was selected as an EWN "Proving Ground". This status was conferred on NAP based on their pursuit of EWN practices. ERDC and NAP subsequently began to explore the use of native vegetation on projects as part of an EWN approach."

This ERDC/NAP EWN demostration workshop included 30 participants representing USACE ERDC, Philadelphia District, Saint Louis District, Norfolk District, US Fish and Wildlife Service – New Jersey and Delaware Field Offices, US Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Texas A&M University, and Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) - a non-profit organization. The workshop brought together a diverse group, consisting of engineers, wildlife biologists, marine biologists, soil scientists, and ecologists, promoting collaboration across multiple disciplines. The workshop culminated into a session identifying projects where EWN practices are applicable.

OUTCOMES: Workshop participants gained practical experience in planting and coir log installation techniques. In addition, participants took a tour of the James Farm Ecological Preserve, led by Bob Collins, Program Manager of the CIB. Presentations on the first day of the workshop covered EWN science and engineering applications including, but not limited to: ecosystem basics, site evaluation, biotechnical planting, hard-green structure installation, vegetative survey, plant selection, ecological and regulatory considerations. The workshop successfully promoted EWN principles, while providing opportunities for technology transfer and future collaboration.

NEXT STEPS: The following initiatives will further promote objectives in support of the EWN program:

  1. Direct engagement with NAP to extend applications of vegetation establishment in other projects within their Districts, and possible planting in Mordecai Island (FY 19).
  2. Prepare tech note to highlight lessons learned during the SWG and NAP demo workshops, and benefits of pursuing additional demonstration workshop (FY19-20).
  3. Determine feasibility and interest in conducting similar workshops in Detriot District (FY19).
  4. Development of technical guidance promoting EWN through the use of living shorelines as part of construction, operation, and maintenance of existing and new projects.

VIDEO: ERDC-NAP Engineering With Nature workshop video (mp4, 133 MB)

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL: USACE Philadelphia District & Marine Design Center Flickr photos of EWN workshop and story.

Use or reproduction of any slides/graphics or portions of figures etc. found herein shall contain an acknowledgement of the author/institution and be by permission of the author.

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Workshop Participants planting Panicum amarum, during EWN Demo Workshop in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
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Philadelphia District engineers and biologists placing oyster shells in crevices of existing revetment during EWN demo workshop in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
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US Fish and Wildlife Service (New Jersey Field Office) Staff planting Juniperus virginiana to stabilize dunes as part of EWN demo workshop in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
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US Fish and Wildlife Service (Delaware Bay Estuary Program) staff planting Panicum amarum to stabilize dunes as part of EWN demo workshop in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
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Philadelphia District engineers planting Spartina alterniflora to stabilize dunes as part of EWN demo workshop in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
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Workshop participants pose for a photo after the planting exercise.
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ERDC Workshop facilitators pose for a group photo after the completion of planting, biolog installation, and oyster shell placement. From left, Kevin Philley, Darrel Evans, Tosin Sekoni, and Matthew Balazik.
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Workshop participants planted 1,000 herbaceous species (Panicum amarum and Spartina alterniflora) and 40 shrubs and trees (Solidago sempervirens, Juniperus virginiana, and Prunus maritima) during the EWN Demo Workshop in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Photo by Barbara Conlin.
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Miranda Ryan and Rachel Schwaab of USACE Norfolk District planting dune grasses in Zone B within the workshop site during the EWN Workshop in Rehoboth Beach, Sussex County, DE.
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ERDC scientist teaches participants on site evaluation, planting design, and design implementation at the Center for the Inland Bays, Rehoboth, DE, as part of the EWN demo workshop.

September 18, 2017 - PIANC Smart Rivers Conference: Working with Nature in Rivers (details)

09/18/2017 09/19/2017 workshop

A short course on "Working with Nature in Rivers: Managing Ecosystem Services and Risks" was held September 18, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, coincident with the PIANC SMART Rivers 2017 Conference. The workshop provided an overview of the activities of the PIANC Environmental Commission (EnviCom) specifically as they relate to Working with Nature (WwN). PIANC developed the WwN approach to consider project objectives for ports and navigational infrastructure in the context of the ecosystem, and to foster designs that use natural processes to achieve project goals and improve ecosystem habitat. The WwN approach has the potential to yield multiple economic, social, and environmental benefits, in addition to achieving port / navigational management goals.

The short course drew from three active PIANC EnviCom Working Groups (WG): WG 175 on Managing Environmental Risks, WG 176 on Working with Nature, and WG 195 on Ecosystem Services. An international collection of case examples were presented illustrating how projects can effectively manage ecosystem services and risks in riverine settings. Each case study was discussed as it relates to riverine transport infrastructure.

Participants in the short course were engineers and scientists from nine different countries representing waterborne transport infrastructure organizations worldwide. Over the half-day short course, six technical presentations were presented, which included a broad range of issues related to identifying, developing and quantifying environmental benefits associated with applying EWN principles to navigation, such as innovative engineering and operational practices, modeling, benefits quantification, and strategic communications with stakeholders. A facilitated discussion followed to identify opportunities, needs, and constraints relevant to implementing EWN in riverine systems. The short course created a foundation for more extensive, detailed use of EWN in navigation projects in the U.S. and worldwide.

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July 25-27, 2017 - USACE/Landscape Architecture Workshop on Engineering With Nature (details)

07/27/2017 07/26/2017 07/25/2017 workshop

The USACE hosted a diverse group of landscape architects during an EWN Workshop at the US Army’s Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS, July 25-27, 2017. It was attended by 35 total participants. USACE participants (17 total) originated from Headquarters, Engineer Research and Development Center, Institute for Water Resources, Buffalo District, Philadelphia District, Charleston District, Galveston District, New Orleans District and Chicago District. Of the previously identified representatives, several were also members of the USACE's Landscape Architecture-Community of Practice (COP). Participants from outside the USACE consisted of 18 landscape architects representing a diverse number of universities (Harvard, University of California-Davis, Rhode Island School of Design, Cornell, SUNY Buffalo, University of Toronto, and University of Southern California); private sector firms (AECOM and ENE); and a state government agency (Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority). The Dredging Research Collaborative (DRC), which is a non-profit organization focused on advancing public knowledge of sediment management and envisioning/realizing preferred sedimentary futures, was represented by ten individuals that were affiliated with the previously identified universities. The workshop introduced the two respective communities and offered an initial opportunity to identify potential working relationships of interest. Specifically, the meeting allowed participants to explore potential collaborations through discussions and exercises that prioritized EWN approaches to new and/or existing water infrastructure projects and operations. Ultimately, workshop participants were able to define clear, prioritized activities that will form the basis for future collaboration.

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Proceedings Paper

Agenda

Project vignettes

USACE EWN Proving Grounds

June 1-2, 2017 - "Building a Resilient Scheldt Delta" (details)

06/01/2017 06/02/2017 workshop

Summary: During June 1-2, 2017, the Delta Academy (an academy within HZ University of Applied Sciences) and Rijkswaterstaat (Netherlands' Department of Waterways and Public Works) hosted the "Building a Resilient Scheldt Delta" Conference. The conference attracted an international gathering of approximately 160 people, which included eco-engineers, civil engineers, biologist, water managers, social scientists and students for the purpose of discussing current applied research focused on sediment management, spatial adaptation and restoring the natural dynamics and biodiversity in the Scheldt Delta. During the conference, participants identified seven 'living lab' projects within the Scheldt Delta and adjacent waters. The 'living lab' projects will offer students, scientists, engineers and water managers a diverse number of collaborative opportunities to conduct applied research and deploy innovative solutions that promote a resilient Scheldt Delta.

For more information on the workshop, go to the Building a Resilient Scheldt Delta page.

March 13-16, 2017 - ERDC-SWG Demo Workshop on Engineering with Nature (details)

03/13/2017 03/14/2017 03/15/2017 03/16/2017 workshop

Summary: On March 13-16, 2017, the US Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) Engineer, Research and Development Center (ERDC) and Galveston District (SWG) conducted a field-based, Engineering with Nature (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, Corpus Christi Bay and surrounding ecosystems. The workshop offered an interagency group field experience with new planting techniques while also providing additional perspectives and instructions for incorporating EWN principles into coastal projects. This is the first in a series of field-based, EWN workshops that will be facilitated by ERDC to train USACE engineers, scientists, and project managers on new techniques to manage dredge material placement areas (DMPAs) using native vegetation.

Planting techniques
Planting native vegetation on DMPAs

Background: In October 2014, SWG was selected as an EWN "Proving Ground". This status recognizes a USACE District for their pursuit of EWN principles and practices. ERDC and SWG subsequently began to explore use of planting native vegetation on DMPAs as part of an EWN approach to managing disposal areas. In March 2016, the USACE and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-National Ocean Service (NOS) conducted a collaboration workshop on Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF). During this workshop, participants identified several NNBF collaborative projects, and the use of native vegetation on DMPAs was identified as a priority for application of EWN principles and practices on a national scale.

This ERDC/SWG EWN workshop included 32 participants representing USACE ERDC, SWG, NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service, US Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas General Land Office, and the private sector (e.g., Ecology and Environment, Inc.; and Gahagan & Bryant and Associates, Inc.). The workshop brought together a diverse group, consisting of engineers, landscape architects, marine biologists, soil scientists, and ecologists, which promoted collaboration across multiple disciplines. The four-day workshop culminated into a session identifying projects within Galveston District where EWN practices and techniques are applicable.

Participants
Practical experience onsite

Outcomes: Workshop participants gained practical experience in onsite and offsite harvesting, planting, transplanting, plugging, soil modification, coconut coir log installation, and broadcast seeding techniques. In addition, participants NRG Energy, Inc.'s EcoCenter and met with Dr. Jens Figlus of Texas A&M University-Galveston to learn about the Sargassum-Dune experimental design. Presentations on the first day of the workshop covered EWN science and engineering applications including, but not limited to: biotechnical planting, coir log installation, vegetative surveys, plant selection, ecological and regulatory considerations. The workshop successfully promoted EWN principles, while providing opportunities for technology transfer and future collaboration.

Next Steps: The following initiatives will further promote objectives in support of the DOER program and the EWN focus area:

  1. Direct engagement with SWG District regarding the PA-14 Erodible Berm Project in Galveston Bay.
  2. Prepare ERDC technical note to highlight lessons learned during workshop and benefits of pursuing additional demonstration workshops in the future (FY17/18).
  3. Determine feasibility and interest in conducting similar workshops in Philadelphia and Buffalo District (FY18).
  4. Continued development of technical guidance documents promoting EWN through the establishment of native vegetation as part of DMPA construction and maintenance.

Contact: Please contact Dr. Tosin Sekoni by e-mail or by phone (601-634-3732) if you would like additional information concerning this workshop.

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February 23, 2017 - USACE-NOAA Collaboration Workshop on NNBF (details)

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Summary: On February 23, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Ocean Service conducted a meeting on Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) that was focused on the Texas coast. The purpose of the meeting was to strengthen collaboration, understanding and creative application of NNBF; facilitate appropriate implementation of NNBF solutions for increased resilience; and seek opportunities to leverage resources. Participants identified clear, prioritized activities along the Texas coast to form the basis for consideration of future collaborations.

Background: This meeting was the third USACE/NOAA Collaboration Workshop on Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) over the last 12 months. It was attended by 24 participants representing USACE (Galveston District and US Army's Engineer Research and Development Center), NOAA's National Ocean Service (Office for Coastal Management and National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science), and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (Restoration Center). Participants included leadership at numerous levels, a variety of roles in USACE and NOAA, and diverse disciplines and programmatic backgrounds. During the 1-day workshop, the participants gained a greater understanding for how missions are executed and for ongoing/future-anticipated, NNBF-related work within the respective agencies. The workshop included plenary and breakout group (comprised of a mixture of USACE and NOAA participants) discussions. These discussions resulted in the identification of areas where the two organizations could collaborate along the Texas Coast to address information gaps and advance practice on NNBF.

Outcomes: The high quality of engagement among USACE and NOAA participants was evidenced by focused and energetic presentations that inspired a productive dialogue and ultimately resulted in the identification of high-priority, NNBF needs and opportunities along the Texas coast. In turn, NNBF project ideas were identified, which included several that integrated science, engineering, management, and evaluation practices. Decreasing uncertainty gaps and increasing confidence in the design, construction, performance, and ecosystem services produced by NNBF were key themes of the 1-day workshop. NNBF-related projects and activities within USACE's Galveston District were identified as potential opportunities for coordinated action to address the gaps. Workshop participants developed for consideration an initial list of specific, collaborative opportunities within a portfolio that included a mix of more than 25 near to long-term efforts. Specific examples of NNBF project collaboration opportunities in Galveston District included, but were not limited to:

  1. Matagorda Bay west foreshore island and wetland creation;
  2. Galveston Bay subaquatic ecosystem restoration;
  3. South Padre Island sand engine and placement;
  4. Jefferson County large scale shoreline and marsh restoration;
  5. Creation of breakwaters along the Galveston Intracoastal Waterway;
  6. Studies of Mission Aransas NERR beneficial use site(s) and associated NNBF;
  7. Identification of data gaps across agencies, such as modeling and evaluation of ecosystem benefits, with implementation of methods to improve data sharing; and
  8. Expand our knowledge and understanding of NNBF solutions that are derived through assessment/management activities and also satisfy environmental compliance requirements.

Next Steps: The immediate next steps that will be taken following the workshop include:

  1. Prepare a joint, 1-page executive summary of the workshop (present document);
  2. Distribute a draft workshop proceedings report to senior leadership for feedback by April 28, 2017, which will be followed by report finalization and joint publication; and
  3. Hold a senior leadership team follow-up teleconference by March 24, 2017, to track progress.
  4. Engage the USACE-NOAA NNBF Collaboration Strategy Leadership and Coordination Groups to solicit their input on the identified project opportunities.

Proceedings Paper:

USACE and NOAA. Natural and Nature-Based Features Workshop in Galveston District. Proceedings of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Workshop, Galveston, TX, USA, February 23, 2017. (PDF)

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October 4-5, 2016 - USACE-NMFS Collaboration Workshop on Engineering With Nature (details)

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On March 1-3, 2016, USACE and NOAA-National Ocean Service held a collaboration workshop on the development and use of Natural and Nature-Based Features in Charleston, South Carolina. One of several follow-on actions resulting from this workshop was to conduct a collaboration meeting between USACE and NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to identify opportunities to use the principles and practices of Engineering With Nature (EWN) to further the missions, projects and coordination/consultations undertaken by USACE and NOAA-NMFS. On October 4-5, 2016 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the USACE and NOAA-NMFS workshop on EWN was attended by 38 participants representing USACE (HQ, Engineer Research and Development Center, North Atlantic Division, New England District, New York District, Philadelphia District, Baltimore District, New Orleans District, Galveston District, Los Angles District) and NOAA (National Marine Fisheries Service-HQ, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, Southeast Region Field Office, Coastal Zone Management, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service). Participants included leadership at numerous levels, a variety of functional roles in USACE and NOAA, and a diversity of project and programmatic experience. Over two days, the participants gained a greater understanding of organization missions and opportunities to use EWN to develop solutions that are directly relevant to mission execution for USACE and NOAA-NMFS. The workshop included plenary and breakout group discussions designed to identify solutions and prioritize future actions.

Proceedings Paper:

USACE and NOAA. Engineering With Nature Workshop. Proceedings of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Workshop, Gloucester, MA, USA, October 5-6, 2016. (PDF)

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August 16, 2016 - Taiwan Water Resources Agency Visit: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

08/16/2016 Banks, Cynthia briefing

June 22, 2016 - BG Graham and North Atlantic Division Commanders Visit: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

06/22/2016 Banks, Cynthia briefing

June 16, 2016 - California DredgeFest 2016: "Evaluation of Berm Shape for Wave Energy Reduction in Restored Tidal Wetlands in San Francisco Bay" (PDF)

06/16/2016 Murray, Elizabeth briefing

June 7-8, 2016 - Engineering With Nature and Philadelphia District Collaborative Meeting (details)

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District hosted an Engineering With Nature (EWN) collaborative meeting on 07-08 June in Philadelphia, PA. A multi-disciplinary team from around the country met to discuss the EWN program, highlight best practices and capture new project ideas for future collaboration. The Philadelphia district as well as the Galveston and Buffalo Districts have committed to being EWN Proving Grounds by incorporating EWN principles and practices across district programs and projects. The two-day workshop featured opening plenary presentations on a number of topics, including coastal resiliency; marsh restoration; natural and nature-based features; habitat enhancement and regional sediment management, and interactive breakout sessions to identify opportunities for applying EWN concepts in their respective areas of responsibility.

The 35 participants included planners, regulators, environmental resources professionals, engineers, project managers, EWN Leadership Team members and ERDC Environmental and Coastal and Hydraulics subject matter experts.

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March 1-3 2016 - USACE-NOAA Collaboration Workshop on Natural and Nature-Based Features (details)

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A collaboration workshop on the topic of natural and nature-base features (NNBF) between the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration-National Ocean Service (NOAA-NOS) was held on 01-03 March in Charleston, South Carolina. NNBF refers to those features that define natural coastal landscapes and are either naturally occurring or engineered to mimic natural conditions. Some examples of NNBF are beaches and dunes, salt marshes, oyster reefs and barrier islands. The objectives of the workshop included to:

  1. Identify high-priority, resilience-based NNBF projects of common interest to USACE and NOAA-NOS;
  2. Categorize and prioritize projects that are identified for future collaboration;
  3. Form a USACE/NOAA-NOS Leadership and Implementation Group to provide agency advocacy and oversight; and
  4. Develop and publish a joint USACE/NOAA-NOS report that documents results of the workshop.

The workshop included a plenary session where USACE and NOAA-NOS senior leaders presented agency overviews related to NNBF and interactive breakout sessions to gather input on uncertainty, opportunities and challenges concerning NNBF. Forty workshop participants represented USACE (Headquarters, North Atlantic and South Atlantic Divisions, Galveston and Philadelphia Districts, ERDC Environmental and Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratories, and the Institute for Water Resources) and NOAA (National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Office for Coastal Management, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, National Geodetic Survey, National Marine Fisheries Service).

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October 8, 2015 - U.S. Engineer Research and Development Center Environmental Laboratory Conference: "Engineering With Nature Collaborates Across ERDC, USACE and Non-Governmental Organizations" (PDF)

10/08/2015 Banks, Cynthia briefing

September 10, 2015 - MG Richard Stevens Visit: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

09/10/2015 Banks, Cynthia briefing

September 3, 2015 - LTG Thomas Bostick Visit: "Engineering With Nature (EWN) and the Great Lakes: An Achievable Path to Sustainable Projects and Benefits" (PDF)

09/03/2015 Burkett, Matthew briefing

September 1, 2015 - 92nd Coastal Engineering Research Board Meeting: "USACE Engineering With Nature and Regional Sediment Management Proving Grounds" (PDF)

09/01/2015 Bridges, Todd S. Lillycrop, Linda briefing

August 26, 2015 - Environmental Advisory Board Visit: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

08/26/2015 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

August 18-20 2015 - Regional Sediment Management and Engineering With Nature In-Progress Reviews and Working Meeting (details)

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The RSM and EWN In-Progress-Review (IPR) and Working Meeting was held 18-20 August in Vicksburg, MS. About 50 attendees representing Corps wide MSCs, Districts, and ERDC participated. The IPR included briefings on FY15 RSM and EWN District and R&D initiatives and provided the opportunity to share lessons learned with the RSM and EWN Communities. The meeting included discussions on topics to advance RSM and EWN as well as R&D Demonstrations on

  1. National Coastal Mapping Program new products,
  2. Use of Biopolymers for Erosion Control on levees,
  3. the Sediment Research Laboratory, and
  4. the Cognitive Environmental Effects Research Flume

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July 28, 2015 - United Kingdom Environment Agency: "Engineering With Nature for Sustainable and Resilient Water Resources Infrastructure" (PDF)

07/28/2015 Banks, Cynthia briefing

June 23, 2015 - Western Dredging Association Summit and Expo: "Using Dredged Material Best Practices and Nature to Create River Island Habitat in Coastal Louisiana, USA" (PDF)

06/23/2015 Suedel, Burton briefing

June 23, 2015 - Western Dredging Association Summit and Expo: "Engineering With Nature Geographic Project Mapping Tool" (PDF)

06/23/2015 Banks, Cynthia briefing

June 23, 2015 - Western Dredging Association Summit and Expo: "Evolving Dredging Practices to Engineer With Nature" (PDF)

06/23/2015 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

June 23, 2015 - Western Dredging Association Summit and Expo: "Lessons Learned from Coastal Beneficial Use Features in Galveston Bay and Application to Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

06/23/2015 Russo, Edmond briefing

May 27-28, 2015 - Engineering With Nature Leadership Team Holds Annual Strategic Meeting (details)

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The Engineering With Nature (EWN) Leadership Team participated in a strategic meeting 27-28 May 2015 in Washington, DC. The purpose of the meeting was to share accomplishments to date, current projects, and identify future opportunities. The participants also provided valuable input for the development of the EWN Strategic Plan through 2020 for the following themes:

  1. communication/engagement
  2. project demonstration/implementation and
  3. program development.

May 14, 2015 - Coastal Planning Prospect Course: "Engineering With Nature: Nearshore Berm Placements at Fort Myers Beach and Perdido Key, Florida, USA" (PDF)

05/14/2015 Brutsche, Katherine briefing

April 22, 2015 - NOAA Visit: "The USACE Engineering With Nature Program" (PDF)

04/22/2015 Banks, Cynthia briefing

April 15, 2015 - South Dakota State University: "Engineering With Nature: Coastal Protection" (PDF)

04/15/2015 Smith, Jane briefing

March 31 - April 1, 2015 - Engineering With Nature for Water Operations Strategic Meeting (details)

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On 31 March - 01 April 2015, approximately 30 scientists and engineers from the EWN Leadership Team, the ERDC Environmental Laboratory and USACE water operations staff came together for a strategic meeting sponsored by the EWN and Water Operations Technical Support Programs. Meeting participants included a cross section of staff from ERDC Laboratories, HQ, and several from the Districts: Kansas City, Mobile, Nashville, New England, Omaha, Portland, Sacramento, St Paul, and Walla Walla Districts were all represented. Participants were divided into four groups focused on the following topics: Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants, Environmental Flows and Sediment Transport, Habitat Development and Fish Passage.

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March 18, 2015 - Lake Erie Allegany Partnership Meeting: "USACE Green Breakwaters - Engineering With Nature Pilot Projects on Lake Erie" (PDF)

03/18/2015 Bijhouwer, Paul briefing

February 09, 2015 - ESRI Meeting: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

02/09/2015 Niles, Tony briefing

January 22, 2015 - ASA Jo-Ellen Darcy Visit: "Engineering With Nature and Natural and Nature-Based Features: A Path to Sustainable Projects and Benefits" (PDF)

01/22/2015 Bridges, Todd S. Banks, Cynthia briefing

January 16, 2015 - BG Hill and Southwestern Division Commanders Visit: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

01/16/2015 Banks, Cynthia briefing

December 1-3, 2014 - Engineering With Nature and Buffalo District Collaborative Meeting (details)

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The USACE Engineering With Nature (EWN) team conducted a successful "Proving Ground" implementation workshop with USACE Buffalo District on 1-3 December. Approximately 30 USACE team members collaborated in this effort from Buffalo District, Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)-Environmental Laboratory and ERDC-Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory. The Buffalo and Galveston Districts have agreed to serve as EWN Proving Grounds for District-wide implementation of the principles and practices of EWN. Participants shared information about EWN, ongoing projects, and worked in collaborative teams to identify opportunities to implement EWN principles and practices within the Districts current and future projects. Collaborating programs for this EWN effort include: Dredging Operations Environmental Research, Regional Sediment Management, Dredging Operations Technical Support, Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research, and Flood and Coastal.

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October 21-22, 2014 - Engineering With Nature and Galveston District Collaborative Meeting (details)

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The USACE Engineering With Nature team conducted a successful "Proving Ground" implementation workshop with Galveston District on 21-22 October. Forty USACE team members collaborated in this effort from Galveston District, Southwest Division, Engineer Research and Development Center, Institute for Water Resources and Headquarters. Galveston and Buffalo Districts have agreed to serve as EWN Proving Grounds for District-wide implementation of the principles and practices of EWN.

Participants shared information about EWN, ongoing projects, and worked in collaborative teams to identify opportunities to implement EWN principles and practices within the Districts current and future projects, including the two Recon studies for the Houston Ship Channel deepening and Coastal Texas. Lessons learned from this workshop will be applied in the Buffalo District Proving Ground Workshop being planned.

Collaborating programs for this EWN effort include:Dredging Operations Environmental Research, Regional Sediment Management, Dredging Operations Technical Support, Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research, and Flood and Coastal.

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October 15, 2014 - Western Dredging Association Eastern Chapter Meeting: "Advancing Mission Sustainability: Integrating ESA Section 7(a)(1) and Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

10/15/2014 Smith, Jennifer Gerhardt briefing

August 28, 2014 - LTG Thomas Bostick Visit: "Engineering With Nature and Natural and Nature-Based Features: A Path to Sustainable Projects and Benefits" (PDF)

08/28/2014 Bridges, Todd S. Smith, Jarrell Banks, Cynthia briefing

August 27, 2014 - DOTS Webinar Series: "USACE Threatened and Endangered Species Team (TEST) Approach: ESA Section 7(a)(1) and Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

08/27/2014 Smith, Jennifer Gerhardt Hartfield, Paul briefing

August 08, 2014 - USACE Buffalo District Visit: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

08/08/2014 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

July 22-24, 2014 - Regional Sediment Management (RSM) and Engineering With Nature (EWN) Working Meeting (details)

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The purpose of the working meeting was to identify RSM and EWN opportunities within USACE missions and to share successes and lessons learned in the field of water resources infrastructure and operations. The working meeting was sponsored and collaboratively organized by the RSM and EWN Programs. The overall goals of the working meeting were to:

  1. conduct the annual RSM and EWN In-Progress-Review (IPR) of FY14 initiatives,
  2. introduce four new EWN Action Demonstration Projects, and
  3. establish future direction and collaborations between RSM and EWN with USACE Districts.

Sixty participants included representatives from USACE Headquarters, Districts and ERDC. The working meeting included technical presentations, group breakout sessions and demonstrations on a broad range of topics associated with navigation, flood risk management, and environmental restoration. In addition, several dialogue sessions focused on innovative engineering and operational practices, modeling, data management, and strategic communications for the advancement of a joint RSM and EWN community.

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June 26, 2014 - Engineering and Construction/Research and Development Webinar: "Research and Development Supporting Sustainable Solutions" (PDF)

06/26/2014 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

June 25, 2014 - National Dredging Meeting: Washington, D.C.; "An Overview of the USACE Engineering With Nature Initiative" (PDF)

06/25/2014 Banks, Cynthia briefing

May 29, 2014 - Coastal Resilience "Science Day" as part of United Nations International Maritime Organization 37th London Convention Scientific Group and the 8th Scientific Group London Protocol Meetings: "River Island Building Using Engineering With Nature Principles" (PDF)

05/29/2014 Banks, Cynthia briefing

May 29, 2014 - Coastal Resilience "Science Day" as part of United Nations International Maritime Organization 37th London Convention Scientific Group and the 8th Scientific Group London Protocol Meetings: "Enhancement of Coastal Habitats through the Beneficial Use of Dredged Material" (PDF)

05/29/2014 Corbino, Jeff briefing

April 29 - May 1, 2014 - Regional Sediment Management – Engineering With Nature Inland Working Meeting (details)

04/29/2014 04/30/2014 05/01/2014 workshop

USACE Omaha District hosted a Regional Sediment Management-Engineering With Nature (RSM-EWN) Inland Working meeting 29 April to 1 May 2014 in Omaha, NE. RSM program manager Linda Lillycrop (CHL) and EWN initiative lead Dr. Todd Bridges (EL) are working to expand RSM and EWN approaches to the inland waterway systems. District, ERDC, and IWR-HEC participants presented and discussed the RSM-EWN challenges and opportunities on riverine and reservoir systems; spoke on past and current RSM-EWN projects; and described numerical modeling capabilities that could be used or enhanced for these efforts. These briefs and discussions provided information to develop a framework for integrating RSM-EWN on inland systems. To access the final agenda and presentations, click below:

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April 22, 2014 - The Nature Conservancy Webinar: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

04/22/2014 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

March 24, 2014 - Louisiana Senator Landrieu's Office Visit: "Louisiana Senator Landrieu's Office Visit Engineering With Nature: A Path to Sustainable Projects and Benefits" (PDF)

03/24/2014 Banks, Cynthia Burks-Copes, Kelly briefing

February 26, 2014 - DOTS Webinar Series: "Engineering With Nature Project Mapping Tool (EWN ProMap)" (PDF)

02/26/2014 Fredette, Tom briefing

February 5, 2014 - USACE Planning Associates Visit: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

02/05/2014 Banks, Cynthia briefing

November 6, 2013 - DOTS Webinar Series: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

11/06/2013 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

November 3-7, 2013 - CERF 2013 Conference - Toward Resilient Coasts and Estuaries, Science for Sustainable Solutions: "Engineering With Nature: Striving for Sustainable, Multi-objective Coastal Infrastructure" (PDF)

11/03/2013 Fredette, Tom briefing

September 6-13, 2013 - 2013 International Coasts and Ports Conference: "Engineering With Nature for Sustainable Water Resources Infrastructure" (PDF)

09/06/2013 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

August 29, 2013 - Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Visit: "Dredging, Sediment Management and Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

08/29/2013 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

August 20-22, 2013 - Regional Sediment Management and Engineering With Nature Workshop (details)

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A workshop on "Regional Sediment Management (RSM) and Engineering With Nature (EWN)" was held August 20-22, 2013, in Vicksburg, MS. Sponsored by the RSM and the Dredging Operations Environmental Research programs, the overall goals of the workshop were to:

  1. identify EWN and RSM opportunities within the USACE missions;
  2. introduce seven new EWN action projects;
  3. provide RSM program updates and conduct the annual RSM in-progress review of District initiatives for fiscal year 2013;
  4. share successes and lessons learned across the RSM and EWN communities;
  5. establish future EWN and RSM direction and collaborations with the Districts.

Workshop participants included representatives from USACE Headquarters, ERDC, Institute for Water Resources-Hydrologic Engineering Center (IWR-HEC), and Districts. The workshop included technical presentations and group breakout sessions on a broad range of topics associated with Navigation, Flood Risk Management, and Environmental missions, including innovative engineering and operational practices, modeling, data management, and strategic communications for the advancement of a joint EWN and RSM community. Coordinators of the workshop were Dr. Todd Bridges of ERDC Environmental Laboratory (EL) and Ms. Linda Lillycrop of ERDC Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). The 64 participants in the workshop included representatives from USACE HQ, IWR-HC, Districts, and scientists and engineers from ERDC. The workshop included numerous technical presentations and group breakout practices, numerical modeling, and strategic communications for the advancement of a joint EWN and RSM community.

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February 6, 2013 - USACE Planning Associates Visit: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

02/06/2013 Banks, Cynthia briefing

December 13, 2012 - Engineering With Nature, Beneficial Use of Dredged Material, & D2M2 Workshop: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

12/13/2012 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

December 10-12, 2012 - Society for Risk Analysis: "A Mental Modeling Approach for Designing and Implementing the USACE s Engineering With Nature Initiative" (PDF)

12/10/2012 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

October 22-25, 2012 - Dredging 2012 Conference: "Analysis and Overview of Existing Navigation and Coastal Engineering With Nature Projects" (PDF)

10/22/2012 Fredette, Thomas briefing

October 22-25, 2012 - Dredging 2012 Conference: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

10/22/2012 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

October 21-24, 2012 - Restore America's Estuaries Annual Conference: "Engineering With Nature in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers" (PDF)

10/21/2012 Vuxton, Emily briefing

September 25, 2012 - Society of American Military Engineers Luncheon: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

09/25/2012 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

September 18-20, 2012 - Coastal Engineering Research Board Meeting: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

09/18/2012 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

September 5-6, 2012 - Philadelphia District Stakeholder Workshop: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

09/05/2012 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

August 28-30, 2012 - Regional Sediment Management and Engineering With Nature Workshop (details)

08/28/2012 08/29/2012 08/30/2012 workshop

Sponsored by the Regional Sediment Management (RSM) and Dredging Operations Environmental Research (DOER) Programs, the workshop was a conduit to share technical presentations, network, and to generate outcomes for the RSM and DOER programs that will support more sustainable projects.

A workshop on "Regional Sediment Management (RSM) and Engineering With Nature (EWN)" was held August 28-30, 2012, in Portland, Oregon. The workshop was developed to accomplish several goals. One was to identify opportunities to advance science, engineering and operational practice leading to expanded environmental benefits from navigation infrastructure and operations within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The workshop's second goal was to conduct the RSM fiscal year 2012 In Progress Review(IPR). The workshop was sponsored by the Regional Sediment Management and Dredging Operations Environmental Research (DOER) Programs and further served as a conduit to share technical presentations, to network, to participate in valuable discussions of relevant experiences and to generate outcomes that will support the USACE Navigation mission.

The 60 participants in the workshop included representatives from USACE HQ, scientists and engineers from ERDC, 21 USACE Districts as well as representatives from academia and industry.

The workshop began with ten presentations (see below) to help build shared understanding of the context and the opportunity for applying EWN to the various Civil Works missions. Representatives from the ERDC CHL and EL, USACE Districts including St. Louis, Mobile and Galveston, and academia discussed opportunities for past and ongoing projects related to EWN.

Building on the presentations and discussion that followed, participants were divided into six facilitated breakout groups and asked to complete three specific questions related to opportunities, gaps, and communications.

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July 23, 2012 - Dredged Material Beneficial Use Workshop: "Engineering With Nature and Beneficial Use" (PDF)

07/23/2012 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

June 11-13, 2012 - Western Dredging Association Meeting: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

06/11/2012 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

June 5-7, 2012 - Coastal Working Group Meeting: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

06/05/2012 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

June 3-6, 2012 - Coastal Society Annual Conference: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

06/03/2012 Vuxton, Emily briefing

May 30-31, 2012 - National Dredging Meeting: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

05/30/2012 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

May 21-24, 2012 - Environment, Energy Security and Sustainability (E2S2) Conference: "Designing Navigation and Coastal Infrastructure for Greater Environmental Sustainability: An Overview of Projects" (PDF)

05/21/2012 Banks, Cynthia briefing

May 21-25, 2012 - 35th Meeting of the Scientific Group of the London Convention and Protocol: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

05/21/2012 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

May 14-18, 2012 - Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on the London Protocol: Protection of Urban Ports and Ocean Environment: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

05/14/2012 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

April 24, 2012 - Engineering With Nature NGO meeting: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

04/24/2012 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

January 11, 2012 - Harvard University visiting students and faculty: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

01/11/2012 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

November 13-17 ,2011 - Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry: "Environmental Sustainability Innovations and Coastal Infrastructure Design" (PDF)

11/13/2011 Banks, Cynthia briefing

November 2 ,2011 - Western Dredging Association, Gulf Chapter Meeting: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

11/02/2011 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

September 22, 2011 - National Dredging Team, Quarterly Conference Call: "Engineering With Nature" (PDF)

09/22/2011 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

September 7-8, 2011 - Engineering With Nature Workshop (details)

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Sponsored by the Dredging Operations Research (DOER) Program, the workshop was a conduit to share technical presentations, network, and to generate outcomes that will support the DOER program through and Engineering With Nature approach.

A workshop on "Engineering With Nature: Designing Navigation Infrastructure for Greater Environmental Sustainability" was held September 7-8, 2011, in Charleston, South Carolina. The goal of the workshop was to identify opportunities to advance science, engineering, and operational practice leading to expanded environmental benefits from navitagion infrastructure and operations within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) through in-depth discussions of relevant experiences, issues, and lessons learned.

Participants in the workshop were representatives from USACE Headquarters, USACE Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), academia, industry, and several USACE Districts including Chicago, Jacksonville, Mobile, New England, New Orleans, Seattle, and St. Louis.

During the 1.5-day workshop, 14 technical presentations (see below) were presented on a broad range of issues related to identifying, developing and quantifying environmental benefits associated with navigation, such as innovative engineering and operational practices, modeling, benefits quantification, and strategic communications. Each presenter was charged with introducing respective concepts, projects, efforts and achievements made.

On the second day of the workshop, participants were divided into three breakout groups to discuss specific questions related to the opportunities, gaps, and obstacles for implementing the EWN concept.

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May 24-26, 2011 - National Dredging Meeting: "Working with Nature and Sustainable Dredging" (PDF)

05/24/2011 Bridges, Todd S. briefing

May 23-26, 2011 - Dredged Material Assessment and Management Seminar: "Environmental Enhancements of Navigation Infrastructure" (PDF)

05/23/2011 Suedel, Burton briefing

May 19-20, 2011 - Mid-South Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry: "Environmental Enhancements of Navigation Infrastructure" (PDF)

05/19/2011 Banks, Cynthia briefing

February 7-10, 2011 - Battelle Conference: "Environmental Enhancements of Navigation Infrastructure" (PDF)

02/07/2011 Fredette, Thomas briefing

January 18-20, 2011 - Working and Building With Nature Workshop (details)

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Sponsored by the Dredging Operations Environmental Research (DOER) Program and collaboratively organized with representatives from EcoShape in the Netherlands, participants at the workshop identified opportunities to advance science, engineering, and operational practice that could lead to expanded environmental benefits from navigation infrastructure and operations.

A workshop on "Working and Building with Nature" was held January 18-20, 2011, in Mobile, Alabama. The purpose of the workshop was to identify opportunities to advance science, engineering, and operational practice leading to expanded environmental benefits from navigation infrastructure and operations through in-depth discussions of relevant experiences, issues, and lessons learned. The concepts, principles, and practices associated with Working with Nature (as developed by the International Navigation Association, PIANC) and Building with Nature (as developed through a partnership between government and private sector interests in The Netherlands) support the development of navigation infrastructure by maximizing the use of natural processes and the generation of environmental benefits. The Working with Nature and Building with Nature concepts have garnered much support among navigation interests in many countries.

Participants in the workshop included representatives from USACE HQ, 12 scientists and engineers from ERDC, several representatives from Portland and Mobile Districts, and three representatives from EcoShape.

Over the two-day period, 17 technical presentations (see below) were presented on eight topics which included a broad range of issues related to identifying, developing and quantifying environmental benefits associated with navigation, such as innovative engineering and operational practices, modeling, benefits quantification, and strategic communications. The presenter was charged with introducing respective concepts, projects, efforts and achievements made on their topic. A facilitated discussion followed to identify opportunities, needs, and constraints relevant to each topic. The workshop created a foundation for more extensive, detailed exchanges and/or future collaborations.

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