Nature Based Solutions for Puerto Rico

4-5 May 2022 – A symposium hosted by USACE Engineering With Nature® and FEMA Community Planning & Capacity Building Objective: Develop a path forward for implementation of Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) for flood risk reduction and other infrastructure projects in Puerto Rico (PR). In the midst of hurricane recovery, the island is exploring natural […]

29 July 2018 – NNBF for Coastal Resilience hosted by International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE)

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.

Natural Infrastructure for Sustainable, Resilient Installations: Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona

1-3 March 2022. Military installations in the desert Southwest are grappling with the challenges posed by a range of natural hazards, such as drought, heat, winds, wildfire, desertification, earthquakes and soil erosion. An Engineering with Nature (EWN) workshop was conducted in conjunction with the Department of the Navy at Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS) Yuma […]

EWN at Department of Defense Installations – Virtual Workshop

24-25 August 2021. This two-day virtual event featured over 40 participants from across the Department of Defense, U.S. Government, industry, non-government organizations, and academia to examine ways to increase resilience on DoD installations using nature-based infrastructure solutions. Workshop Output Slides (pdf) Combined Presentations (pdf) Engineering With Nature is front and center in DoD’s Climate Adaptation […]

Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Project

Project Overview The San Francisco District’s Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Project (Pajaro) will utilize nature-based engineering solutions to provide critical flood risk reduction for the City of Watsonville, the Town of Pajaro, and the surrounding agricultural areas in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Currently, the Pajaro River levees provide an 8-year level of flood risk reduction to […]

S3 E10 – USACE, NOAA, and the Value of Partnership

In this episode, host Sarah Thorne and Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Lead of the Engineering With Nature® Program, are joined by Steve Thur, Director of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NCCOS is the marine science entity of the National Ocean Service; and its role is to serve the science needs of NOAA, other federal and state government partners, and decision makers. We discuss how the practice of Engineering With Nature and the application of NBS are evolving and the importance of protecting critical coastal ecosystems. We’re also telling the story of a powerful collaboration and partnership between USACE and NOAA.

Examining Shoreline and Riverbank Restoration in the face of Climate Change

On Wednesday, February 23, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a field hearing in Bethany Beach, DE on coastal and riverbank resiliency in parallel with the introduction of the Shoreline Health Oversight, Restoration, Resilience, and Enhancement Act (SHORRE Act). Chairman Carper noted the recently introduced SHORRE Act, which he hopes will be […]

Global Guidelines Promote Natural Infrastructure

By Thomas Frank, 09/17/2021 06:50 AM EDT It’s 1,020 pages long, took five years to write — and could help galvanize the movement toward using natural infrastructure to protect the world against flood damage. The first International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management were released yesterday, culminating a global effort led […]

What is Engineering With Nature?

Engineering With Nature® is the intentional alignment of natural and engineering processes to efficiently and sustainably deliver economic, environmental, and social benefits through collaboration.

Mordecai Island (Barnegat Bay, New Jersey)

Background Mordecai is an undeveloped back barrier island that runs parallel to the Barnegat Bay shoreline of Beach Haven, New Jersey (Figure 1). In addition to providing habitat for a wide range of estuarine organisms and nesting shorebirds, the island serves as a wave-break, protecting the adjacent developed shoreline of Beach Haven from the erosive […]