Below is a list of a few of our most relevant publications related to the work that PROOF does. We have been developing the ideas we work with at PROOF for about fifteen years through our academic research, as members of the Dredge Research Collaborative, and with the Engineering with Nature Programs of the USACE.

Bay Migrations” in Places Journal. 2022.

This publication discusses some of the issues faced by rural communities during accelerated climate change, how they have faced similar issues historically, and the role of time and cultural values in developing authentic approaches to these problems that are suited to the place.

“Developing and monitoring an innovative NNBF to nourish a bay bar: An example from the southeast shore of Lake Ontario”. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 2022.

This article outlines our process at the Port Bay Cobble Bell and presents the first year of monitoring results. The publication is useful for considering this specific application or the general approach in other coastal areas, especially in the Great Lakes. The lead author was our close collaborator Tess Ruswick, who is the project manager for Healthy Port Futures and an ORISE Fellow with the USACE.

“Healthy Port Futures: Rethinking Sediments for Rivermouth Landscapes”, in Landscape Architecture Frontiers. 2021.

This publication presented the ideas developed with our Ohio partners through the Healthy Port Futures work. It included the Harbor Hemi-Marsh and Lorain Ring concepts, and a proposal for a Water Trail that shows how constructed wetlands and port infrastructure can work with natural features to create a regional recreation draw.

“Port Futures: Revaluing River Mouths in the Great Lakes Basin” in Fresh Water: Design Research for Inland Water Territories, by Mary Pat McGuire and Jessica Henson. 2018.

This early publication from the Healthy Port Futures work made the case for focusing on river mouths within the Great Lakes system as a means of restoring ecological and recreational function and managing sediment along Great Lakes coastlines.

“Public Sediment”, in Toward an Urban Ecology, edited by Kate Orff. 2016.

This early article lays out a landscape approach to working in nearshore coastal environments in ways that enhance community participation to improve ecosystem and coastal protection functions over time.