Kick-Off: Developing the Great Lakes Natural and Nature-Based Features Playbook

Friday February 3, 2023

24-25 January 2023. The Engineering With Nature (EWN) initiative held a workshop in the USACE Chicago District to initiate the three-year development of specific guidance and protocols for incorporating natural and nature-based features (NNBF) on the Great Lakes. The workshop gathered 95 participants, 35 in-person and 60 remotely, from USACE Lakes and Rivers Division, Buffalo and […]

Swan Island resilience model development; Phase I : conceptual model

Friday January 27, 2023

Authors: Brook D. Herman, Paula E. Whitfield, Jenny Davis, Amanda S. Tritinger, Becky Raves Golden, S. Catie Dillon, Danielle M. Szimanski, Todd M. Swannack, Joseph Z. Gailani, and Jeffrey K. King This report documents the development of an integrated hydrodynamic and ecological model to test assumptions about island resilience. Swan Island, a 25-acre island in […]

21st Avenue West: A Pilot Study for Beneficial Use of Dredged Material for Addressing Degraded Aquatic Habitat and Benthic Communities

Wednesday January 25, 2023

Read more about Living Shoreline Creation Through Beneficial Use of Dredged Material (Duluth, MN)

S5 E4 – Measuring What Matters

Wednesday January 25, 2023

How do we measure what’s most important to us? And how do we translate those values into decisions about infrastructure projects so that they can deliver a diverse set of economic, environmental, and social benefits? That’s the focus of our discussion in this episode of the Engineering With Nature® Podcast. Host Sarah Thorne and Todd Bridges, National Lead of the Engineering With Nature Program, are pleased to welcome Justin Ehrenwerth, President and CEO of The Water Institute.

Enhancing Benefits Evaluation for Water Resources Projects Towards a More Comprehensive Approach for Nature-Based Solutions: Planning and Valuation Methods for Case Study Analysis

Monday January 23, 2023

The third in a series, this report provides methodological guidance for the retrospective case study analysis and should be of interest to technical readers at USACE, other federal agencies, and interested stakeholders. The report describes recent and relevant decision analysis methods designed to inform decision makers when considering or trading off among multiple objectives when […]

Assessing Drivers of Coastal Tundra Retreat at Point Hope, Alaska

Thursday January 19, 2023

Authors: Nicholas Cohn, Lauren V. Bosche, Taber Midgley, Christopher Small, Thomas A. Douglas, and Jeffrey King Shoreline erosion over the last few decades along the Point Hope, Alaska, USA coastline has led to considerable loss of tundra behind the beach. Analysis of available remote sensing, morphology, and hydrodynamic datasets are used to inform the time scales and mechanisms of coastal land […]

Assessing Shoreline Change at Point Hope, Alaska

Tuesday January 17, 2023

Read more about Developing and Optimizing Multi-Dimensional NNBF and EWN Strategies that Endure Cold Region Environments

Jacksonville District Hosts ERDC Leaders to Showcase EWN Initiatives

Tuesday January 17, 2023

In recent years, one of the most successful initiatives of USACE has been Engineering With Nature®. This international program leverages natural systems and processes to broaden the services, benefits, and value that infrastructure projects contribute to the nation. January 10-12, Dr. David Pittman, director of the Engineer Research and Development Centers (ERDC) along with other […]

Quantifying mineral-associated organic matter in wetlands as an indicator of the degree of soil carbon protection

Friday January 13, 2023

Authors: Anthony J. Mirabito, and Lisa G. Chambers As atmospheric carbon (C) concentrations increase, so too has interest in understanding the mechanisms that preserve C within the soil organic matter (SOM). Mineral-associated organic matter (MAOM) is one pool of SOM recently shown to protect soil organic C from mineralization. However, most MAOM research has been in […]

Blue Carbon in Natural Infrastructure

Friday January 13, 2023

By: Molly Bost, Jenny Davis, and Leanne Poussard (NOAA NCCOS) Global carbon emissions have significantly increased in the last century, largely due to industrial processes and the burning of fossil fuels.1 Emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gasses have increased global mean surface temperature, and alarmingly, 2013–2021 rank among the ten warmest years on record.2 […]