January 18-20, 2011
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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- US Navigation Program Overview – Mr. Jim Walker
- Working and Building with Nature – Dr. Todd Bridges
- Building with Nature Concept, Principles & Program Governance – Dr. Gerard van Raalte
- Environmental Enhancements and Navigation Infrastructure – Dr. Tom Fredette
- USACE Regional Sediment Management – Dr. Linda Lillycrop
- The Sand Engine – Dr. Martin Baptist
- Modeling the ecological potential of sand extraction in the Southern North Sea – Dr. Martin Baptist
- Expanding Benefits Associated with Navigation Infrastructure – Mr. Ty Wamsley
- Room for the River and Cyclic Floodplain Rejuvenation – Dr. Martin Baptist
- Ecosystem Engineers, Ecodikes, Rich Revetments, Harbouring opportunities – Dr. Martin Baptist
- Ecodynamic solutions for the protection of intertidal habitats – Dr. Anneke Hibma
- Optimizing dredge plant engineering and operational considerations for WnN and BwN and Project Management and Tools: Budgeting and Operating – Ms. Karen Garmire and Dr. Edmond Russo
- Working With Nature Beneficial Use Studies – Dr. Joe Gailani and Dr. Doug Clarke
- Beneficial Use or Business as Usual – Dr. Gerard van Raalte
- OpenEarth and EDD-Tools – Dr. Anneke Hibma
- Obstacles to Implementing Working with Nature Concepts – Dr. Doug Clarke
- Adaptive monitoring, probabilistic impact assessment – Dr. Martin Baptist