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Season 1

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Over the last 10 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working through an initiative called Engineering With Nature® that uses natural processes and systems to deliver a broad range of economic, environmental, and social benefits. EWN, as it is called, is developing and implementing nature-based solutions for water and infrastructure projects. EWN brings together a growing international community of practitioners, scientists, engineers, and researchers, from all kinds of disciplines to collaborate on how best to harness the power of nature to innovate, solve problems, and create sustainable solutions. This podcast tells their stories. It's a show about innovation and collaboration. It is about combining natural and engineering systems. And it is about amazing results for infrastructure, the environment, and communities. People from different organizations, disciplines and perspectives will talk about how they are transforming traditional approaches to infrastructure development across the US and around the world by applying the principles and practices of EWN. Host, Sarah Thorne of Decision Partners, has been working with her colleagues at the US Army Corps of Engineers on the EWN initiative for the past decade, and, through this podcast, will share stories of the people, their unique collaborations, and a broad range of projects that exemplify the principles and practices of EWN. We hope you'll listen to the show and be inspired!

Trailer 1 – The Engineering With Nature® Podcast

Host, Sarah Thorne of Decision Partners, has been working with her colleagues at the US Army Corps of Engineers on the EWN initiative for the past decade, and, through this podcast, will share stories of the people, their unique collaborations, and a broad range of projects that exemplify the principles and practices of EWN. We […]

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Ep1 – Celebrating the 10-Year Anniversary of Engineering With Nature®

Guest: Todd S. Bridges, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist (ST), Environmental Science, and National Lead, Engineering With Nature Initiative, US Army Corps of Engineers

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Ep2 – Using Natural Forces and Sediment to Restore Coastal Marsh Habitat

Guest: Jeff Corbino, Chief, Environmental Function, Operations Division – Technical Support Branch, New Orleans District, US Army Corps of Engineers

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Ep3 – Using Natural Infrastructure to Increase Resilience for Military Installations

Guest: Brigadier General Patrice Melancon,
Executive Director of the Program Management Office,
Tyndall Air Force Base,
US Air Force

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Ep4 – Characterizing Storm and Flood Risk Reduction Benefits Derived from Mangroves During Extreme Weather Events

Guest: Tori Tomiczek, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, United States Naval Academy

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Ep5 – Collaborating to Create Wildlife Habitat While Restoring Islands and Improving Community Resilience

Guest: Paula Whitfield, Research Ecologist, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Ep6 – Assessing the Value of Natural and Nature-Based Features in Coastal Storm and Flood Risk Reduction

Guest: Mike Beck, Ph.D., Research Professor and Head of the Coastal Resilience Lab, University of California at Santa Cruz

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Ep7 – Incorporating EWN into Coastal Texas Resilience and Restoration

Guest: Edmond Russo, Ph.D., P.E., Director, Environmental Laboratory, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center

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Ep8 – Protecting Fragile Coasts and Improving Community Resilience

Guest: Monica Chasten, Project Manager, Operations Division, Philadelphia District, US Army Corps of Engineers

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Ep9 – Collaborating with Industry to Promote Natural Infrastructure

Guests: Don McNeill, Director of Natural Infrastructure Initiative, Caterpillar, Inc. and Mike Donahue, Ph.D., Vice-President of Water Resources and Environmental Services, AECOM

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Ep10 – Collaborating with Academia to Develop Future Practice and Practitioners

Guests: Brian Bledsoe, Ph.D., Director of University of Georgia’s Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems and Todd S. Bridges, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist (ST), Environmental Science, and National Lead, Engineering With Nature Initiative, US Army Corps of Engineers

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Season 2

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We're working on an exciting line-up for Season 2 focused on how we're collaborating to develop natural infrastructure solutions to help tackle the challenges of climate change, coastal resilience, flood risk management, ecosystem restoration and beyond through the application of EWN principles and practices. We'll discuss how EWN is expanding through collaboration with practice across civil works infrastructure and military installations. We'll be talking with expert collaborators from national and international agencies, public and not-for-profit organizations, and academia about leading practice applications of nature-based solutions. We'll also talk to contributors to two important forthcoming EWN publications -- EWN: An Atlas, Volume 2 and the International Guidelines on the Use of Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management. The stories in the EWN Podcast Season 2 will demonstrate the power of collaboration and nature-based solutions to solve important infrastructure challenges.

Trailer – The Engineering With Nature® Podcast

Season 2 of the Engineering With Nature® Podcast launches March 17th, and we’re pretty excited about the lineup. Host, Sarah Thorne, recently talked with Dr. Todd Bridges, National Lead for Engineering With Nature (EWN), United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), about the upcoming season. His bottom line: “the future is right and the future is bright for EWN. It is the right direction for infrastructure and the timing is ideal.”

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Ep1 – Expanding Engineering With Nature

As the world emerges from the COVID 19 pandemic, infrastructure will play a key role in helping economies around the world recover. The World Economic Forum estimates $100 trillion dollars will be committed to infrastructure projects in the next thirty years.

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Ep2 – Expanding the Practice of EWN® through Landscape Architecture

In this episode, we’re talking with Rob Holmes at Auburn University, Sean Burkholder at the University of Pennsylvania, and Brian Davis at the University of Virginia. They are landscape architects who have joined forces with Engineering With Nature®. Jeff King, deputy lead of the Engineering With Nature program at the US Army Corps of Engineers, shares his excitement about bringing these disciplines together and discusses the synergies, opportunities, and potential for advancing the practice of EWN.

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Extra: What’s Coming Up in EWN?

In our next episode, we’ll be talking with Enda Murphy of the National Research Council of Canada and Sam Whitin of EA Engineering, Science and Technology about Building Resilience in Cold Regions with EWN and Natural and Nature-based Features. They’ll be talking about interesting projects underway and planned in Alaska and Canada.

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Ep3 – Building Resilience in Cold Regions with EWN® and Natural and Nature-Based Features

Climate change is having a significant effect on Arctic communities. The loss of permafrost and ice sheets, sea level rise, erosion, and many other factors are putting people living in coastal communities and their traditional way of life at risk. In this episode, we’re discussing the unique challenges and opportunities involved in identifying and designing resilience strategies to help remote northern communities in Alaska and Canada whose future and way of life is imminently threatened by climate change

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Ep 4: Parts 1&2 – EWN’s Synergies with the World Bank’s Approach to Natural Infrastructure

In 2020, natural hazards like storms, floods, droughts, and wildfires caused more than $200 billion in damage worldwide and the death of 8,000 people. Since 1980, there have been 285 weather and climate-related disasters in the United States alone that have produced at least $1 billion in damage. In this two-part episode, we’re talking with Dr. Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Lead for Engineering With Nature®, and Dr. Brenden Jongman, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist with the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).

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Ep 5 – How DARPA is Applying Nature Based Solutions Around the World

Seventeen hundred U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) bases around the world are subject to sea level rise, which has increased by seven to eight inches since 1900. Natural hazards, such as severe storms and hurricanes, are occurring more frequently; and climate change is changing the profile of those hazards. Innovative solutions are needed to protect these bases. In this episode we’re talking with Dr. Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Lead for Engineering With Nature®, and Dr. Lori Adornato, Program Manager at DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, about the passion they share for oceanography and for solving future challenges by using innovative nature-based solutions.

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Ep 6 – Exploring How EWN Can Add Value to Climate Change Initiatives

In 2020, the United States experienced extreme droughts, wildfires, flooding, and a record number of hurricanes. What if there was a better way to monitor and prepare for these natural events, and how could an Engineering With Nature (EWN) approach add value to “the climate change imperative?” That’s what we’re exploring in this episode with Safra Altman, PhD, Research Ecologist in the Environmental Laboratory at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Marshall Shepherd, PhD, Meteorologist and Director of the Atmospheric Sciences Program at the University of Georgia. Through the Network for Engineering With Nature (N-EWN), Safra and Marshall have initiated a project to assess pre- and postdisaster monitoring. What they learn will be an important part of a bigger project to ultimately help improve community resilience to climate change and extreme weather events by applying EWN approaches.

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Ep 7: Part 1 – EWN Collaboration with the California Department of Water Resources & Part 2: Integrating EWN Into Critical Watershed Projects in California

From flood risk to extreme drought and wildfire, California is feeling the brunt of climate change impacts and is, by necessity, at the forefront of climate change innovation. In this episode, we’re talking about the unique challenges of managing California’s precious water resources and about a new collaboration between the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and Engineering With Nature®. Our guests are Dr. Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Lead for EWN, and Kris Tjernell, Deputy Director, Integrated Watershed Management for the California Department of Water Resources. The goal of the collaboration on EWN is to advance opportunities for truly integrated solutions to water resource challenges.

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Ep 7: Part 2 – Integrating EWN into Critical Watershed Projects in California

In Part 2 of Episode 7, we continue our discussion with Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Lead for EWN; and Kris Tjernell, Deputy Director, Integrated Watershed Management for the California Department of Water Resources. We discuss their plans to fully integrate EWN into critical watershed projects in California. They hope these projects will showcase innovation and new ways of thinking about climate change adaptation and resilience on a broad scale, while accelerating the multi-benefits of water management, habitat restoration and community resilience.

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Ep 8: Part 1 – EWN in the Pacific Region

Climate change is affecting the ecosystems that support life and everything we depend on. The United Nations declared 2021 to 2030 the ‘Decade of Ecosystem Restoration’, and there is a global effort to restore ecosystems and the many benefits they provide, from enhancing food security and safe water to biodiversity. In this episode, we’re talking about the Pacific Region and how Engineering With Nature can learn from and add value to innovative ecosystem restoration, conservation, disaster management efforts, and infrastructure development. Our guests are Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Lead for EWN; Anita van Breda, Senior Director, Environment and Disaster Management, World Wildlife Fund; and William Glamore, Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow at the Water Research Laboratory, UNSW Sydney, Australia.

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Ep 8: Part 2 – Nature-Based Solutions for Infrastructure, the Global Sand Crisis, and Wealth Distribution

In Part 2: Nature-Based Solutions for Infrastructure, the Global Sand Crisis, and Wealth Distribution, discussion continues with Todd Bridges, National Lead of the Engineering With Nature program at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Anita van Breda, Senior Director, Environment and Disaster Management at the World Wildlife Fund; and William Glamore, Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow at the Water Research Laboratory, UNSW Sydney, Australia. We’re talking about the International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features coming out in September and other critical guidance documents that Anita contributed to, including Natural and Nature-Based Flood Management: A Green Guide and Nature-Based Solutions for Water-Related Disasters. As we’re learning, natural and nature-based approaches to infrastructure challenges are becoming common practice in the Pacific.

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Special Engineering With Nature® Podcast: Natural and Nature-Based Features Guidelines Launch

After years of development and collaboration with 150+ contributors and authors, from 70+ organizations, from 10+ countries, the International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management are being released on September 16, 2021.

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