Short Course: Engineering With Nature Design hosted by ASBPA National Coastal Conference

13 September 2022. The USACE’s EWN initiative conducted a short course titled, “Engineering with Nature Design” in association with the Coastal Zone Foundation in Long Beach, California. This course included a series of technical presentations covering a broad range of topics related to natural infrastructure (NI) including (1) an overview of the EWN program, (2) an introduction to NI applications in coastal wetlands and beaches, (3) an overview of EWN Beneficial Use best practices (4) a description of available EWN design and modeling tools and materials, and (5) case studies describing the use of EWN engineering tools.

Approximately 30 individuals participated in the short course, which included 8 speakers from a diverse set of organizations applying EWN practices to address current and anticipated challenges confronting our nations coastal areas. All participants in the EWN Short Course received a copy of the EWN Atlas, which served as a course book highlighting 56 EWN projects. The ASBPA Short Course agenda for the September 13th presentations is included. Likewise, the presentations are also included for your review. Short Course Agenda


  1. Introduction to EWN – Strategic Program Elements, Research and Development at ERDC, Partnerships, Policy Efforts, Application around the Nation, Amanda Tritinger, Coastal Hydraulics Laboratory, Engineer Research and Development Center, USACE
  2. Introduction to NI in Coastal Wetlands, Burton Suedel, Environmental Laboratory, Engineer Research and Development Center, USACE
    • Overview of Mangroves, Salt Marsh, Oysters – EWN Applied Research, Outcomes, Lab Studies, Modeling Capabilities, and Case Studies
  3. EWN Shoreline Protection, Jackie Brower, Moffatt & Nichol
    • Introduction and site evaluation and design considerations
      • Beach, dune, and berm creation, nourishment for beach stabilization on the coast
      • Living shorelines for shore protection in estuarine environments
  4. EWN Beneficial Use Best Practices, Arye Janoff, San Francisco District, USACE
    • Overview of the San Francisco Proving Ground District strategic sediment placement pilot project and EWN engineering tools
  5. EWN Engineering Tools, Tiffany Cheng, San Francisco District, USACE
    • Overview of available NNBF tools and project examples of how NNBF engineering tools are used
  6. EWN Engineering Design/Modeling, Margaret Owensby & Amanda Tritinger, Costal Hydraulics Laboratory, Engineer Research and Development Center,  USACE
    • Overview of EWN design and modeling tools, materials, and tutorials
  7. Natural and Nature-Based Feature (NNBF) Guidelines and Other EWN Strategic Communications, Burton Suedel & Amanda Tritinger, Environmental Laboratory & Coastal Hydraulics Laboratory, Engineer Research and Development Center, USACE
    • Large scale, international effort to provide a guide on the conceptualization, planning, design, engineering, construction, and maintenance of NI
    • Where to find it and how to use it

From the Participants

“Excellent course, I got so much out of it and it was very effectively presented.”

“This was great. Thank you for making it interactive.”

“Great presentation with an incredible amount of information!!”

“Amazing! It was nice to hear from numerous different subject experts. I would have liked to hear about ACOE innerworkings, like how to get an EWN co-sponsored project in my City’s jurisdiction.”

“Great course, I learned a lot. I particularly liked how well nature based and classic solutions can be integrated, e.g. dunes or other nature based feature created above harder structures to provide further protection in case of extreme event (and the nature-based feature can be restored but protected infrastructure damage is reduced).”