Contributor, Practice Lead

David Crane

EWN Riverine Practice Lead, Environmental Resources Specialist, Omaha District


Dave Crane is an Environmental Resources Specialist in the Omaha District (NWO). He has 14 years of experience leading multidisciplinary, multiagency teams to plan, design, and oversee construction of projects with mutual ecosystem and flood risk management (FRM) benefits. He specializes in projects on large rivers across the Midwest, including the Missouri River and South Platte River. He has extensive experience working with the Missouri River Recovery Program, implementing habitat restoration projects while accommodating FRM and critical infrastructure. Dave has served as the environmental lead on multiple large-scale levee setbacks along the Missouri River, reconnecting thousands of acres of floodplain habitat and constructing of over 1,000 acres of “borrow-pit wetlands” on state and federal conservation land. He has found that the ecosystem benefits of a project can bring significant partnership opportunities that would not have been possible otherwise.

EWN Motivation: “I want to share how to accommodate ecosystem restoration while building for flood risk management and other USACE missions, and vice versa. I aim to help USACE staff understand who to partner with and how to organize complicated, multiagency teams into well-oiled machines.”

David Crane

Podcast Appearances

In Episode 2 we had a high energy roundtable with the EWN Practice Leads who play a critical role in broadening and expanding the application of En......
Welcome to Episode 2 of Season 4! EWN Practice Leads play a critical role in broadening and expanding the application of Engineering With Nature pr......
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Flood control projects such as levees are part of the Nation’s aging infrastructure.  After repeated flood damage and repairs, repairing in-place b......
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Research Projects

This project will develop improved levee setback engineering guidance, standards, and priorities for levee setback projects. The guidance will link......
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