Realizing Multiple Benefits in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Baltimore District Dredging Projects through Application of Engineering With Nature (R) Principles
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PURPOSE The application of Engineering With Nature EWN principles at existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers USACE dredging and navigation projects is increasing. This technical note TN documents four USACE Baltimore District NAB projects that successfully applied EWN principles. BACKGROUND Advancing best practices within the USACE involves identifying actions that can be taken to better align and integrate engineering and natural systems to produce more socially acceptable, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable projects. EWN is a USACE initiative that supports more sustainable practices, projects, and outcomes by working to intentionally align natural and engineering processes to efficiently and sustainably deliver economic, environmental and social benefits through collaborative processes Bridges et al. 2014 Gerhardt-Smith and Banks 2014. The EWN initiative focuses on developing practical methods to provide an ecosystem approach to navigation infrastructure development and operations that is applicable across multiple USACE missions and business lines. Projects demonstrating EWN principles illustrate the use of science and engineering to maximize natural processes to produce practical operational efficiencies that support substantiated economic, social, and environmental benefits while continuing to meet project needs. A critical aspect of EWN is science-based collaborative processes to organize and focus interests, stakeholders, and partners to produce more broadly acceptable projects www.engineeringwithnature.org. Developing sustainable and resilient infrastructure requires the USACE to apply new approaches to engineering and operating infrastructure. The EWN program is developing and demonstrating, through multiple projects, the capabilities that are needed to achieve sustainable project outcomes.
- Civil Engineering