Sponsored by the Regional Sediment Management (RSM) and Dredging Operations Environmental Research (DOER) Programs, the workshop was a conduit to share technical presentations, network, and to generate outcomes for the RSM and DOER programs that will support more sustainable projects.
A workshop on “Regional Sediment Management (RSM) and Engineering With Nature (EWN)” was held August 28-30, 2012, in Portland, Oregon. The workshop was developed to accomplish several goals. One was to identify opportunities to advance science, engineering and operational practice leading to expanded environmental benefits from navigation infrastructure and operations within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The workshop’s second goal was to conduct the RSM fiscal year 2012 In Progress Review(IPR). The workshop was sponsored by the Regional Sediment Management and Dredging Operations Environmental Research (DOER) Programs and further served as a conduit to share technical presentations, to network, to participate in valuable discussions of relevant experiences and to generate outcomes that will support the USACE Navigation mission.
The 60 participants in the workshop included representatives from USACE HQ, scientists and engineers from ERDC, 21 USACE Districts as well as representatives from academia and industry.
The workshop began with ten presentations (see below) to help build shared understanding of the context and the opportunity for applying EWN to the various Civil Works missions. Representatives from the ERDC CHL and EL, USACE Districts including St. Louis, Mobile and Galveston, and academia discussed opportunities for past and ongoing projects related to EWN.
Building on the presentations and discussion that followed, participants were divided into six facilitated breakout groups and asked to complete three specific questions related to opportunities, gaps, and communications.