Engineering With Nature

Western Dredging Association and Texas A&M Summit and Expo 22-25 June 2015 – Savannah, Georgia

Three organizations constitute the World Organization of Dredging Association. The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) region covers North, Central and South America. The Central Dredging Association (CEDA) covers most of Europe, Africa, and the Mid and Near East. The Eastern Dredging Association (EADA) covers the Far East and Pacific region. The overall goal of WEDA is to promote the exchange of knowledge in fields related to dredging, navigation, marine engineering and construction by sponsoring or co-sponsoring national and international technical conferences, seminars, and symposiums, including publication and dissemination of the proceedings.

On 22-25 June 15, Engineering With Nature (EWN) Leadership Team members participated in the Western Dredging Association’s and Texas A&M’s Dredging Summit and Expo held in Houston, Texas. Four papers were presented related to Engineering With Nature (EWN) during the Beneficial Use and Survey and Modeling technical sessions. The papers will be published as in the official conference proceedings. Drs. Todd Bridges and Edmond Russo also served a session chairs.

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  • Lessons Learned from Coastal Beneficial Use Features in Galveston Bay and Application to Engineering With Nature – Dr. Edmond Russo. View PDF <news/weda/PDF_1_Russo_WEDA_2015_V3.pdf>
  • Evolving Dredging Practices to Engineer With Nature – Todd S. Bridges. View PDF <news/weda/PDF_2_Bridges_EWN_WEDA_June2015.pdf>
  • Engineering With Nature Geographic Project Mapping Tool – Cynthia Banks. View PDF <news/weda/PDF_3_Banks_WEDA_EWN_ProMap_CJB_6-23-15_Final.pdf>
  • Using Dredged Material Best Practices and Nature to Create River Island Habitat in Coastal Louisiana, USA – Dr. Burton Suedel. View PDF <news/weda/EWN_HorseshoeBend_WEDA_Jun15_Suedel.pdf>

On 24 June 15, the EWN Action Project ‘Horseshoe Bend Island Creation in the Lower Atchafalaya River, Louisiana’ was presented the Western Dredging Association’s (WEDA) Gold Environmental Excellence Award, the highest of only two environmental awards given by the WEDA for navigation dredging. Dr. Burton Suedel (ERDC) accepted the award during the ceremony on behalf of the project team and described the project in detail during the WEDA Environmental Commission Plenary Panel. Other project team members include Dr. Jacob F. Berkowitz, Dr. Nathan R. Beane, Ms. Elizabeth Summers, Mr. Darrell E. Evans, Dr. Sung-Chan Kim (all ERDC), Mr. Jeffrey M. Corbino and Mr. Maik Flanagin (USACE New Orleans District). The dredging contractors for the project were Weeks Marine, Mike Hooks and Great Lakes Dredge and Dock.