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New Initiatives Improve Wetland Restoration Outcomes: Engineering with Nature and the Use of Natural and Nature-Based Features

Jacob F. Berkowitz and Nia R. Hurst
April 18, 2022

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Wetland Science & Practice

For some time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has supported an initiative called Engineering With Nature® (EWN) and the application of Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF), both of which promote the incorporation of natural processes and structures into the design and operation of ecological restoration and flood risk reduction projects. Each approach is introduced below, with an emphasis on potential applications in a wetland restoration context. Additionally, examples of recent and ongoing case studies that align with these initiatives are discussed.

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