Nature-Based Solutions for Coastal Resilience – Protecting Infrastructure, Nature, and People

Nature-Based Solutions for Coastal Resilience – Protecting Infrastructure, Nature, and People

Organizer: 
Brenda Dix
ICF
Time Slot: 
Concurrent Sessions 1
Session Type: 
Symposium
Abstract: 

This symposium will highlight recent and ongoing efforts to increase nature-based solutions to improve coastal resilience. Lessons will be shared from two FHWA-funded pilot projects (Mississippi Department of Transportation [MDOT] and Oregon Department of Transportation [ODOT]), The Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which may be transferable to protecting other coastal infrastructure and communities. The five presentations in this symposium will focus on the following topics:
• FHWA, ICF, and South Coast Engineers are developing an implementation guide on the use of nature-based solutions for transportation practitioners, to be released in Summer 2019. This guide will draw lessons learned from five pilot projects, a white paper on the current state of knowledge and practice, and four regional peer exchanges held to solicit local expertise.
• MDOT will present on the causes of vulnerability of a bridge damaged by storm surge during Hurricane Katrina, and potential adaptation options, including nature-based adaptation options.
• ODOT will present nature-based conceptual designs that would protect the Oregon Coast Highway from exposure to coastal bluff erosion under 2050 sea level rise scenarios.
• The Nature Conservancy will present the ecological benefits of nature-based solutions and how they can provide environmental and restoration advantages.
• The USACE’s Engineering with Nature program will present best practices for integrating nature into infrastructure design to maximize economic, social, and environmental benefits.

Presentations

Moderator
Brenda Dix, ICF
Implementation Guide for Nature-Based Solutions for Coastal Highway Resilience
Rebecca Lupes, FHWA
Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) Pilot
Bret Webb, South Coast Engineers
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Pilot: Green infrastructure techniques for resilience of the Oregon coast highway
Geoff Crook, Oregon Department of Transportation
Natural infrastructure and restoration projects: Protecting ecosystems and infrastructure
Kelly Leo, The Nature Conservancy
Engineering with Nature
Jeff King, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers