WEDA Webinar – Engineering with Nature (EWN)

This Friday, Western Dredging Association (WEDA) will hold their next webinar on the topic “Engineering with Nature (EWN)”.


This webinar will be presented by Dr. Burton Suedel, a Research Biologist at U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.

Dr. Suedel leads the Risk Integration Team in the ERDC Environmental Laboratory where among other research interests he investigates ways in which environmental enhancements can be incorporated into navigation and port infrastructure planning.

He also manages the Dredging Operations Technical Support (DOTS) program that facilitates the transfer of existing and new navigation and dredging technology to stakeholders in the USACE’s navigation mission. He has received international recognition for applying the EWN initiative in practice at multiple USACE navigation and coastal projects nationwide.

Engineering With Nature is the intentional alignment of natural and engineering processes to efficiently and sustainably deliver economic, environmental, and social benefits through collaborative processes.

Sustainable development of water resources infrastructure is supported by solutions that beneficially integrate engineering and natural systems. With recent advances in the fields of engineering and ecology, there is an opportunity to combine these fields of practice into a single collaborative, and cost-effective approach for infrastructure development and environmental management.

Moving Toward Sustainable Practices

Triple-win outcomes can be achieved throughout EWN by systematically integrating social, environmental and economic considerations into decision making and actions at every phase of a project.

The result will be innovative and resilient solutions that are more socially acceptable, viable and equitable and, ultimately, more sustainable.

This webinar – taking place on Friday, December 11, 2020 from 1 to 2 PM EST – is being offered by WEDA as part of their mission to share knowledge and information about dredging.