The Summit brought together more than 1,000 government, nonprofit, academic, and private sector collaborators to share recent progress and identify the next steps for evaluating and planning integrated water resources projects. One hundred and twenty joined the event on-site, while 903 participants joined virtually.
Participants heard from senior administration personnel on the importance of considering and valuing a comprehensive range of economic, environmental, and social benefits in support of the President’s priorities, including the Justice40 Initiative and EO 14072. Ultimately, the feedback and perspectives shared in this Summit will provide USACE and many others with actionable and practical guidance to formulate, evaluate, and deliver nature-based solutions within integrated water resources projects.
Recorded presentations and panel discussions are hosted by The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
The Summit Proceedings capture the summary and highlights from keynote messages, panel discussions, and breakout sessions.
A capstone report, summarizing the EWN and The Water Institute’s policy research effort, will be released in early 2023 and will reflect the study team’s findings and recommendations.
USACE Engineering With Nature engaged The Water Institute of the Gulf and the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to consider how to make progress on nature-based solutions and quantify the broader set of economic, environmental, and social benefits and costs such projects produce. Proceedings and reports currently available from these efforts are linked below. Future reports and products will be available here.
Learn more about this research effort, Comprehensive Benefits Evaluation for Nature-Based Solutions.
This report examines: 1) the evolution of USACE’s mission and the related authorities, policies, and practices for using BCA; 2) how challenges in using BCA outside of USACE influence the integration of NBS; and 3) gaps and obstacles within law and policy to further the implementation of NBS projects.
Second in a series of reports, this paper outlines the steps and processes taken to select six final case studies for analysis.
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 prioritizing water resources projects.