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2022 SUMMIT SUCCESS: Measuring What Matters

A more comprehensive and equitable evaluation of benefits.

Washington, D.C.

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.

If you are not measuring it, it is not a real thing.

Brenda Mallory, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Meeting Resources

Recorded presentations and panel discussions are hosted by The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Summit Proceedings

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.

In LTG Spellmon’s words, “Change takes courage.  As one starts down the path of innovation, what was once novel, becomes more familiar and more established.”  That is our goal.  That is our agenda. 

Michael L. Connor, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Army (Civil Works)

Learn More

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.

Some of the benefits will be readily monetized and other benefits, not so much.  But that doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t relevant, important and real and shouldn’t be factored in decision making.

Todd Bridges, National Lead, Engineering With Nature

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Evolution of Benefits Evaluation and Prioritization of Water Resources Projects

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Consideration of Nature-Based Solutions in USACE Planning Studies

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Planning and Valuation Methods for Case Study 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.