The Water Institute of the Gulf Joins the Network for Engineering With Nature®

(Athens, Georgia) This January, the Network for Engineering With Nature added a new member to the team: The Water Institute of the Gulf (the Water Institute) will join the University of Georgia’s Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to help further their goals of expanding and accelerating the practice of natural infrastructure in the public and private sectors.

“We are honored to join the Network and thrilled to collaborate with IRIS and the Army Corps of Engineers in this critical work addressing major infrastructure challenges facing communities around the country,” said Justin Ehrenwerth, president and CEO of the Water Institute. “We look forward to contributing to the movement to place natural infrastructure on equal footing with conventional infrastructure, which will result in building smarter projects that make our communities more equitable and resilient in the face of climate change.”

The Water Institute is an applied research organization with the mission of creating more resilient coastal communities, thriving economies, and healthy environments. In addition to a transdisciplinary team of geologists, ecologists, engineers, data scientists, modelers, geographers, anthropologists, planners and attorneys, the Water Institute brings an expertise in developing actionable and practical solutions to complex environmental and societal challenges.

“We are delighted to welcome The Water Institute of the Gulf to N-EWN.  They bring a strong interdisciplinary team that can support policy-making that expands the use of nature-based solutions, as well as a wealth of experience in designing and implementing large-scale projects,” Brian Bledsoe, director of IRIS and College of Engineering professor with the University of Georgia.

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