Engagements News

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

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 Chicago Districts, and other Great Lakes stakeholders. During breakout sessions, participants answered questions about priorities, existing resources, how to measure success, tradeoffs, and barriers to implementing NNBF. The ultimate product will be the Great Lakes NNBF Playbook.

This new guidance for incorporating NNBF specifically on the Great Lakes will inform the overall Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study (GLCRS) and expand the application of nature-based solutions (NBS).

Learn more about the Great Lakes NNBF Playbook.

Collaborators met in Chicago Jan 2023 to begin developing a Great Lakes NNBF Playbook.

Meeting Resources

Workshop Assignments

Survey123 Link

Prior to the workshop, a survey was developed to capture existing or ongoing efforts in the Great Lakes region. Results will be added to EWN ProMap.


Attendees were asked to document their thoughts throughout the breakout sessions. Submissions should be emailed to workshop POCs.


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