EWN News

Technical Report: Water Level Management for Enhanced Fish and Wildlife Habitat in Upper MS River Navigation Pools

Thursday October 7, 2021

A new EWN® technical report is available, Water Level Management for Enhanced Fish and Wildlife Habitat Production in Upper Mississippi River Navigation Pools. This report describes projects successfully incorporating Engineering With Nature® principles in a review of the physical setting and historical fish and wildlife habitat management efforts using Upper Mississippi River System navigation dams. Several […]

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

Wednesday October 6, 2021

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.”

Associated Press Article Explores USACE Interest in Natural Infrastructure

Tuesday October 5, 2021

“We need to re-envision what infrastructure looks like.” Dr. Todd Bridges, National Lead, Engineering With Nature An article released by the Associated Press discusses the Corps of Engineers heightened interest in nature-based solutions through the leadership of the Engineering With Nature Initiative. The article mentions the challenges to implementing nature-based solutions but also the pieces […]

Ep 1 – Evolution of Nature Infrastructure Policy

Tuesday October 5, 2021

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.

Bridges Briefs White House Coastal Resilience Interagency Working Group on International NNBF Guidelines

Tuesday October 5, 2021

Dr. Todd Bridges introduced the International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management to the White House Coastal Resilience Interagency Working Group on September 21, 2021. The working group includes senior leaders from the Executive Office of the President and from agencies across the federal government, including NOAA, FEMA, HUD, DOD, DOI, […]