Engineering With Nature An Atlas, Volume 2

These projects are delivering broad engineering, economic, environmental, and social value and demonstrate the potential and power of Engineering WITH Nature.

LTG Scott A. Spellmon, 55th Chief of Engineers, and Commanding General U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Atlas, Volume 2, showcases EWN principles and practices in action through illustrations and descriptions of 62 projects from around the world. These projects demonstrate what it means to partner with nature and deliver engineering solutions with a diversity of economic, environmental, and social benefits.

Book Launch Ceremony

On 7 April 2021, USACE held a virtual international book launch ceremony to celebrate the release of Engineering With Nature An Atlas, Volume 2. The ceremony includes messages from LTG Scott A. Spellmon, 55th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other executives and leaders from organizations around the world. 

Event program (PDF)

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Engineering With Nature: An Atlas is available at Knowledge Core, ERDC’s digital repository:

Bridges, T. S., E. M. Bourne, B. C. Suedel, E. B. Moynihan, and J. K. King. 2021. Engineering With Nature: An Atlas, Volume 2. ERDC SR-21-2. Vicksburg, MS: U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.

There are two versions of this document available for download. The Hardback file is the highest quality version and may take some time to download. The E-book file is a version of the document that has been optimized for tablet and monitor viewing.

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Inside the Atlas

Beaches and Dunes: Protecting Coastlines and Enhancing Recreation
Wetlands: Creating Natural Defenses and Aquatic Habitats
Islands: Discovering Placement Solutions with Multiple Benefits
Reefs: Stabilizing Shorelines and Creating Habitat
Riverine Systems: Strengthening and Restoring Natural Waterways
Floodplains: Mitigating Flood Risk Through Natural Processes
Use of Vegetation and Natural Materials: Exploring Alternative Interventions
Environmental Enhancement of Infrastructure: Engineering Structures to Include Beneficial Habitat

Beaches and Dunes

Protecting coastlines & enhancing recreation

  • Spanjaards Duin’s-Gravenzande
    • South Holland, the Netherlands
  • Piping Plover Habitat Superior
    • Wisconsin, United States
  • King Fisher Beach
    • Port O’Connor, Texas, United States
  • Dangote Sandbar Breakwater
    • Lekki, Lagos State, Nigeria
  • Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge
    • Milton, Delaware, United States
Aerial view of the completed breakwater and Dangote marine terminal entrance. (Photo by Boskalis and CDR)


Creating Natural Defenses & Aquatic Habitats

  • Big Swamp
    • Coralville, New South Wales, Australia
  • Dow Former Ash Pond
    • Midland, Michigan, United States
  • Pierce Marsh
    • Hitchcock, Texas, United States
  • Ellis Meadows Restoration
    • Leicester, England, United Kingdom
  • Tidmarsh Farms Cranberry Bog
    • Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
  • Drake Wilson Island
    • Apalachicola, Florida, United States
  • Jekyll Creek
    • Jekyll Island, Georgia, United States
  • Umetco Former Mine Site
    • Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
  • Clinton River Mouth Wetland Restoration
    • Harrison Township, Michigan, United States
  • Tomago Wetlands
    • Tomago New South Wales, Australia
  • Sabine National Wildlife Refuge
    • Cameron, Louisiana, United States
Pierce Marsh after restoration. (Photo by USACE Galveston District)


Discovering Placement Solutions with Multiple Benefits

  • Northerly Island
    • Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Marker Wadden
    • Lake Marken, Flevoland, the Netherlands
  • Cat Island and Ship Island Restorations
    • Cat Island and Ship Island, Mississippi, United States
  • Pool 8 Enhancement
    • Brownsville, Minnesota, United States
  • Unity Island
    • Buffalo New York, United States
  • Swan Island Restoration
    • Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, United States
Aerial view of the wetland at Unity Island two years after placement of dredged sediment. (Photo by Kevin Lesika, USACE Buffalo District)


Stabilizing Shorelines and Creating Habitat

  • Goldbug Living Shoreline
    • Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, United States
  • Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson
    • Cape Fear River, North Carolina, United States
  • Bonner Bridge
    • Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, United States
  • Mangrove Reef Walls
    • Englewood and Fort Pierce, Florida, United States
  • Wind Farm Oyster Reefs
    • Borssele, Zeeland, the Netherlands
The natural salt marsh vegetation recovering at Sullivan’s Island due to shoreline stabilization. (Photo by SCTNC)

Riverine Systems

Strengthening and Restoring Natural Waterways

  • Boardman River Dam Removals
    • Traverse City, Michigan, United States
  • Old Scheldt and Kalkenvaart
    • Aard, East Flanders, Belgium
  • Eddleston Water Restoration
    • Peebles, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Deer Island
    • Little Sioux, Iowa, United States
  • Rogue River Stabilization
    • Grants Pass, Oregon, United States
  • Meadowview Stream Restoration
    • Temecula, California, United States
  • River Nairn Restoration
    • Aberarder, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Environmental Pool Management
    • Upper Mississippi River, Missouri, United States
  • Mill River Dam Removals
    • Taunton, Massachusetts, United States
The restored Boardman River through the former Sabin and Boardman dams and impoundment. (Photo by Conservation Resource Alliance and AECOM)


Mitigating Flood Risk Through Natural Processes

  • Smithills Flood Management
    • Smithills, England, United Kingdom
  • Kerry Island Estuary Restoration
    • Clatskanie, Oregon, United States
  • Wendling Beck Flood Management
    • Worthing, England, United Kingdom
  • Southern Flow Corridor
    • Tillamook, Oregon, United States
  • Low Leighton Flood Management
    • New Mills, England, United Kingdom
  • Weardale Flood Management
    • Weardale, England, United Kingdom
  • Puyallup River Revetment
    • Orting, Washington, United States
Reconnecting the tidal channels at Kerry Island provides new estuary habitat. (Photo by Inter-Fluve)

Use of Vegetation and Natural Materials

Exploring Alternative Interventions

  • Howland Dam Fish Bypass
    • Howland, Maine, United States
  • Jackson Park Ecosystem Restoration
    • Jackson Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Flimby Flood Management
    • Flimby, England, United Kingdom
  • Dry Creek Restoration
    • Sonoma County and Healdsburg, California, United States
  • Clackamas River
    • Clackamas, Oregon, United States
  • Horsetail and Oneonta Creek
    • Corbet, Oregon, United States
  • Narborough Flood Management
    • Narborough Bog, England, United Kingdom
  • Chatfield Reservoir–Plum Creek
    • Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Westmoreland Park
    • Portland, Oregon, United States
  • Galloway Creek
    • Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States
Woody debris installed in Horsetail Creek to provide cover for fish. (Photo by Inter-Fluve)

Environmental Enhancement of Infrastructure

Engineering Structures to Include Beneficial Habitat

  • Brooklyn Tide Pools
    • Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Mile Point Wall Reconfiguration
    • Jacksonville, Florida, United States
  • Clay Ripener
    • Delfzijl, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Hartlepool Headland Coastal Protection Scheme
    • Hartlepool, England, United Kingdom
  • Regulating Works Project
    • Middle Mississippi River, Missouri and Illinois, United States
  • Emiquon Water Management
    • Havana, Illinois, United States
  • Lower Yellowstone River Fish Passage
    • Intake, Montana, United States
  • Matarandiba Island Slope Stabilization
    • Matarandiba Island, Bahia, Brazil
  • Cypress Reforestation
    • Montegut, Louisiana, United States
Looking downstream at the vegetated mile 100 islands in the Mississippi River. (Photo by Dawn Lamm, USACE St. Louis District)