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Season 4

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S4 Trailer – The Engineering With Nature® Podcast

We’re getting ready to launch Season 4 of the Engineering With Nature® Podcast in May. Host Sarah Thorne recently talked with Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the National Lead of the Engineering With Nature Program, and Jeff King, Deputy National Lead of the Engineering With Nature Program, about the EWN Podcast and what’s ahead for Season 4.

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S4 E1 – Scaling Up, Up, Up, with CSTORM and EWN

Welcome to the first episode of Season 4! Our theme is “Up, Up, Up, with Nature-Based Solutions” and we have a fabulous line-up of guests who are going to join us and talk about the climate change imperative—and the opportunity to collaborate on developing and implementing landscape-scale projects.

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S4 E2 – High Energy Roundtable with the EWN Practice Leads

Host Sarah Thorne and Jeff King, Deputy Lead of the Engineering With Nature Program at the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), are joined by a roundtable of EWN Practice Leads who are all with USACE. Elizabeth Godsey is the Technical Lead for Coastal Engineering and Regional Sediment Management with Mobile District; Danielle Szimanski is a Project Manager and Ecologist with Baltimore District; Edward Brauer is a Senior Hydraulic Engineer with St. Louis District; and David Crane is an Environmental Resource Specialist with Omaha District.

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Season 3

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S3 Trailer – The Engineering With Nature® Podcast

Season 3 of the Engineering With Nature® Podcast launches October 6. It’s been a big year for Engineering With Nature! Host, Sarah Thorne, recently talked with Todd Bridges, Lead Engineering With Nature, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), about why and what’s coming up in Season 3. As Todd notes: “there’s a whole range of things that make this year a big year, including the fact that Congress recognized Engineering With Nature in very formal way by including it within the budget, which brings importance and urgency to execute.” We’ll be talking about the new policy directives and measuring the benefits of natural and nature-based solutions. Our guests from the new EWN Proving Grounds – Mobile District, San Francisco District and St Louis District – will discuss how they are integrating EWN approaches into their work. And we’ll talk about EWN’s recently launched International Guidelines on the Use of Natural and Nature Based Features for Flood Risk Management that provide technical practitioners the tools and knowledge needed to plan, design, engineer, and construct NNBF projects.

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S3 E1 – Evolution of Nature Infrastructure Policy

President Biden’s January 2021 Executive Order, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, emphasizes the urgency of taking action to build climate resiliency and specifically calls for the inclusion of nature-based solutions. Combined with the $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act approved by the US Senate in August, 2021, which describes major infrastructure projects to be undertaken, these represent an unprecedented opportunity to incorporate Engineering With Nature approaches into infrastructure policy and projects. Our guests are Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Lead for EWN; Sarah Murdock, Director of US Climate Resilience and Water Policy at The Nature Conservancy; Justin Ehrenwerth, President and CEO of The Water Institute of the Gulf; and Mindy Simmons, Senior Policy Advisor, Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Business Line Manager at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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S3 Engineering With Nature® Podcast Special Edition: Follow-up to the NNBF Guidelines Launch

Over 700 people attended the live launch of the International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management on September 16, 2021. Host Sarah Thorne talks with Todd Bridges, Lead, Engineering With Nature, United States Army Corps of Engineers, about the importance of the Guidelines. This effort was the culmination of five years of collaboration to develop the Guidelines, 1000 pages of knowledge, information and experience about the use of natural nature-based features for flood risk management and, the 150-page Overview that is intended to be more accessible to a broader range of readers beyond the technical community. As Todd notes, “we’ve developed some thoughts, ideas, and information that we believe will help practitioners, agencies, authorities, and organizations and communities around the world pursue this idea of combining nature with engineering and infrastructure to develop better systems that perform in a sustainable and enduring way into the future.”

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S3 E2 – Considering and Evaluating the Benefits of Natural Infrastructure

In Episode 1 we discussed the unprecedented opportunity presented by President Biden’s January 2021 Executive Order, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, to incorporate Engineering With Nature approaches into major infrastructure and climate resilience projects. Factoring the benefits and costs of nature-based solutions into decisions about infrastructure investments is a critical step on the path to sustainability. This episode continues the discussion with our guests, Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Lead for EWN; Sarah Murdock, Director of US Climate Resilience and Water Policy at The Nature Conservancy; Justin Ehrenwerth, President and CEO of The Water Institute of the Gulf; and Mindy Simmons, Senior Policy Advisor, Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Business Line Manager at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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S3 E3 – The Next Generation Makes the Future of EWN Even Brighter

This episode exemplifies our theme for Season 3 – Creating the Future with EWN. Host, Sarah Thorne, and Jeff King, Deputy Lead of the Engineering With Nature program at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are talking with three PhD students who are doing truly groundbreaking work: Matt Chambers from the University of Georgia; Joseph Holway from Arizona State University; and Justine McCann from the University of Oklahoma.

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S3 E4 – Engineering With Nature for Safe and Livable Cities

How can Engineering With Nature approaches make urban landscapes more livable? In this episode, host Sarah Thorne and Todd Bridges, the Army’s Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science and National Lead for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering With Nature Program, are talking with planners from two very different cities—New York City and Fort Collins, Colorado. Our guests are Adam Parris, Deputy Director for Climate Science and Services at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency, and Jennifer Shanahan, Senior Watershed Planner in the Natural Areas Department at the City of Fort Collins, Colorado. Both are working to support their city’s efforts to make urban communities safer, more sustainable, and more resilient.

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S3 E5 – Applying EWN Strategies at National Parks and Refuges

Climate change and the imperative to take action now is top of mind following the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. The effects of climate change – rising sea levels, changing temperature and precipitation patterns, wildfires, and many other changes impact vulnerable natural resources, including national parks and wildlife refuges.

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S3 E6 – Parks and Refuges Embrace the Future Through Adaptive Management, Planning and Partnerships

In this episode, host Sarah Thorne and Jeff King, Deputy Lead of the Engineering With Nature Program at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, continue the discussion with Rebecca Beavers, Coastal Geology and Adaptation Coordinator for the National Park Service and Scott Covington, Senior Ecologist for Refuges within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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S3 E7 – Plants as Eco-Engineers and Drivers of Community Resilience

In this episode, host Sarah Thorne and Jeff King, Deputy Lead of the Engineering With Nature® Program at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are joined by Tosin Sekoni, Research Ecologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Art Froehlich, CEO of AgriView and partner in The Communities for Life Network. They’re talking about the importance of plants in the design of natural infrastructure to increase both ecosystem and community resilience.

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S3 E8 – The Dreamt Land—California Water, Sustainability, and EWN

In this episode, host Sarah Thorne and Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Lead of the Engineering With Nature® Program, are joined by author Mark Arax. Mark’s recent book, The Dreamt Land, describes in very personal terms the history of California’s water challenges, its unprecedented irrigation experiment, and the emerging threats of climate change.

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S3 E9 – The Dreamt Land – Rebalancing the System

The Valley, the most productive agricultural region in the world, is running out of water due to a combination of climate change, expansion of agriculture, urban development, and a century of trying to control nature. How this system can be rebalanced is where we start the conversation.

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S3 E10 – USACE, NOAA, and the Value of Partnership

In this episode, host Sarah Thorne and Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Lead of the Engineering With Nature® Program, are joined by Steve Thur, Director of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NCCOS is the marine science entity of the National Ocean Service; and its role is to serve the science needs of NOAA, other federal and state government partners, and decision makers. We discuss how the practice of Engineering With Nature and the application of NBS are evolving and the importance of protecting critical coastal ecosystems. We’re also telling the story of a powerful collaboration and partnership between USACE and NOAA.

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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.

S2 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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S2 E1 – 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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S2 E2 – 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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S2 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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S2 E3 – 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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S2 E4: 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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S2 E5 – 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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S2 E6 – 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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S2 E7: 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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S2 E7: 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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S2 E8: 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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S2 E8: 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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S2 – 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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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!

S1 Trailer – The Engineering With Nature® Podcast

Length: 1 minute, Air Date: July 13, 2020 *Occasionally external links are blocked when connected to VPN. 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, […]

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S1 E1 – 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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S1 E2 – 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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S1 E3 – 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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S1 E4 – 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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S1 E5 – 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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S1 E6 – 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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S1 E7 – 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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S1 E8 – 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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S1 E9 – 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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S1 E10 – 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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