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Title: Embracing biodiversity on engineered coastal infrastructure through structured decision-making and Engineering With Nature®
Authors: Dolatowski, Emily J.
Suedel, Burton C.
Calabria, Jon
Bilskie, Matthew V.
Byers, James E.
Broich, Kelsey
McKay, S. Kyle
Tritinger, Amanda S.
Woodson, C. Brock
Keywords: Biodiversity
Environmental engineering
Shore protection
Sustainable engineering
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC TR-24-9
Abstract: Extreme weather variation, natural disasters, and anthropogenic actions negatively impact coastal communities through flooding and erosion. To safeguard coastal settlements, shorelines are frequently reinforced with seawalls and bulkheads. Hardened shorelines, however, result in biodiversity loss and environmental deterioration. The creation of sustainable solutions that engineer with nature is required to lessen natural and anthropogenic pressures. Nature-based solutions (NbS) are a means to enhance biodiversity and improve the environment while meeting engineering goals. To address this urgent need, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering With Nature® (EWN) program balances economic, environmental, and social benefits through collaboration. This report presents how design and engineering practice can be enhanced through organized decision-making and landscape architectural renderings that integrate engineering, science, and NbS to increase biodiversity in coastal marine habitats. When developing new infrastructure or updating or repairing existing infrastructure, such integration can be greatly beneficial. Further, drawings and renderings exhibiting EWN concepts can assist in decision-making by aiding in the communication of NbS designs. Our practical experiences with the application of EWN have shown that involving landscape architects can play a critical role in effective collaboration and result in solutions that safeguard coastal communities while maintaining or enhancing biodiversity.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC TR-24-9
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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