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The Network for Engineering With Nature® invites you to the N-EWN Knowledge Series: A Continuing Education Series about Engineering with Nature…

Enhancing Benefits Evaluation for Water Resources Projects: Towards a More Comprehensive Approach for Nature-Based Solutions with Dr. Jordan Fischbach


Thursday, May 18, 2023

12:30-1:30pm ET on Zoom

Continuing Education Credit (1-hr) will be available to attendees. To see more about this webinar series and view past webinars, please visit N-EWN Webinars.

Jordan R. Fischbach, PhD, is the Director of Planning and Policy Research at The Water Institute of the Gulf. For the past 10 years, Dr. Jordan Fischbach has been the principal investigator for the Coastal Louisiana Risk Assessment (CLARA) modeling effort, which provides next-level modeling capabilities for Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to efficiently estimate flood risk under a wide range of future environmental, operational, and growth uncertainties, and with various proposed projects in place.

Towards a More Comprehensive Approach for Nature-Based Solutions

The economic benefits associated with water resources projects have been the focus of federal investment decisions for decades. However, the science of quantifying and evaluating the diverse environmental, social, and economic benefits and costs of water resources projects, particularly those including Nature Based Solutions (NBS), has advanced in recent years. In 2021, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering With Nature® team engaged in a collaborative effort with The Water Institute to consider how to better quantify the broader set of economic, environmental, and social benefits and costs that integrated water resource projects can provide. The collaborative study team identified and further evaluated six completed USACE planning studies that encompass the navigation, coastal storm risk management, flood risk management, and ecosystem restoration missions within USACE to assess methods for evaluating NBS and the comprehensive benefits expected from water resources projects. 

In this webinar, Dr. Jordan Fischbach will present the results from this collaborative study, focusing on key findings and opportunities for USACE to enhance its planning and evaluation process moving forward.



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