Clients: State Government
(2004 - 2005) The Virginia Ad Hoc Dam Safety Task Force facilitated by IEN Senior Associate Bruce Dotson and Director Frank Dukes met four times over a period of five months to adjust dam safety specifications in situations where development has taken place downstream after the dam was originally constructed and where, if a dam failed during a maximal storm, there would be threat to life as well as property and infrastructure. A substantial number of these dams were owned by home owner associations in lake oriented communities. The committee looked at the regulatory requirements from a... Continue reading →
(2005) IEN facilitated a discussion between the members of the Radiation Safety Advisory Committee, appointed jointly by the governor and VDH, about the role and authority of the committee. Concerns included: Virginia becoming an agreement state to administer federal radiation program as well as the roles and responsiblitities of the committee and VDH as they work together on a range of radiation safety topics.
(2004) IEN worked with a stakeholder planning committee to design an invitation-only, high level stakeholder-based Governor's Summit. The Summit identified key issues that needed to be addressed in protecting Virginia's natural resources, as well as potential solutions and priorities for implementation in the years after the summit. Governors Leadership Summit Report
(2004) IEN facilitated a regulatory negotiation of a stakeholder advisory committee convened by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The committee identified areas of agreement for new nutrient management regulations that will move away from N to P-based planning.
IEN mediated a dispute between the residents of St. Michaels, Maryland and developer Midland Real Estate Company concerning acceptible development density and good design. A committee composed of town representatives and the developers agreed on several points and created a final report for the Town Commisioners. Two members of the committee dissented from the final mediation consensus statement and the final report was never submitted to the Town Commissioners. The future of the proposed development remains unclear, but one can expect additional opposition and negotiation if the plan... Continue reading →
(2000) The IEN facilitated the public participation process for Virginia's new Forest Legacy initiative. Virginia was one of the first southern states to initiate the Forest Legacy program, which was developed to purchase conservation easements for important forests that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. Led by the Virginia Department of Forestry, Forest Legacy will be an important tool for preserving Virginia's forests during the anticipated growth in coming years. An intensive public participation process was used to establish the priorities and eligibility criteria for the... Continue reading →
(2008) Inspired by the Virginia Waste Solutions Forum in 2005, the University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center convened a meeting among stakeholders representing a wide range of agricultural and environmental interests on Maryland's Delmarva peninsula in February 2008. At this meeting, participants explored the potential for establishing a collaborative effort to improve water quality while fostering agricultural economic viability. While a decision had not been finalized, participants agreed that a collaborative could be worthwhile and that they would continue meeting to explore the... Continue reading →
(2006) IEN assisted the City of Newport News and the Virginia-recognized Mattaponi, Upper Mattaponi and Pamunkey tribes with the mitigation of impacts to culturally important sites affected by the proposed King William Reservoir.
(1999 - 2003) The IEN assisted the Meridian Institute to coordinate a process chaired by the US Forest Service that was measuring sustainable forestry practices in the United States. The Roundtable for Sustainable Forests used an internationally developed set of seven criteria and 67 indicators of sustainable forests. The IEN assisted with facilitating a communications and outreach committee, facilitating Roundtable meetings and workshops, and developing communication materials in collaboration with project partners. The outcomes from these workshops was used to develop a national report on... Continue reading →
(1989-1990) A collaborative negotiation process facilitated by the IEN for over eighteen months, in which representatives of the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Health and Environmental Concerns, home builders, wetland consultants, and industry leaders in forestry, mining and agriculture met monthly to develop recommendations for wetland permitting procedures.