Service Areas: Consensus Building
(2002 - 2007) Working with different engineering firms, IEN facilitated the development of three watershed management plans for Fairfax County. These watershed plans provide an assessment of management and resource needs by defining problems within the watershed and prioritizing appropriate and workable solutions. The Institute developed the public involvement plan for the county and conducted a multi-stakeholder public involvement process for the three of the county's watersheds: Little Hunting Creek; Middle Potomac; and Cub and Bull Run. The process involved a standing steering committee... Continue reading →
(2006) Provided facilitation assistance to the twenty person Abrams/Opequon TMDL Implementation Steering Committee in Winchester and Frederick County (Virginia), in partnership with Virginia Tech and West Virginia University. The process involved helping plan and facilitate five Abrams/Opequon TMDL Steering Committee meetings throughout 2005 and 2006. It also involved planning and conducting three public workshops, averaging approximately 40 participants each, in conjunction with the Abrams/Opequon Steering Committee in the summer of 2006. The Abrams/Opequon TMDL implementation plan was... Continue reading →
(2005 - 2006) For decades, the Elizabeth River off Money Point has been a 35-acre biological dead zone. Little can survive along the river bottom, laced with some of the highest concentrations of cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the world. Money Point, almost a mile of prominent waterfront at the gateway to Chesapeake, Virginia, will again be celebrated as a hub for maritime activities, this time co-existing with one of the largest environmental restoration efforts on the Chesapeake Bay,thanks to the five revitalization goals developed through a... Continue reading →
(1998 - 1999) In a two-year effort, the IEN facilitated and mediated a consensus building effort for the Bryan Park Interchange Advisory Committee (BPIAC). BPIAC was convened by the Virginia Department of Transportation to provide citizen input on how it would deal with the increasingly congested intersection of I-95 and I-64 through the next 20 years. The project is seen by some as a new experiment in the way VDOT engages citizens in public involvement. BPIAC concluded its work in October 1999 with a consensus report, the first of its kind in the Commonwealth in its breadth and scope. The... Continue reading →
(1998) At the request of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), IEN developed a \"Model Wellhead Protection\" implementation package. The package included model plans, ordinances, and outreach programs for Virginia localities. Numerous communities have since requested this package and have used the model plans to assist their local planning.
(1998) The IEN conducted a regulatory negotiation to develop regulations under Virginia SB 415 for the privatization of soil Analysis for onsite septic systems. At the request of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), IEN convened the stakeholder advisory group which developed consensus recommendations for a new program. From a broad perspective, issues raised in the negotiation concerned land use management and planning, septic systems, ground water protection, and the privatization of soil analysis. The IEN facilitated the meetings, developed meeting summaries and reports, conducted... Continue reading →
(1998 - 1998) IEN convened a workshop for stakeholders involved in the Southern Watershed Area Management Plan (SWAMP) initiative, a joint effort between two Virginia cities, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, to protect the Southern Watershed.
(1998) IEN was asked to facilitate the Virginia Coastal Program's (VCP) first formal strategic planning effort, during which stakeholders were asked to take a fresh look at VCP priorities, at VCP structure, and at how to optimize the protection of coastal resources. This six-month process involved stakeholder interviews, research, meetings with agency stakeholders, and meetings with interest groups with environmental, economic, and local government interests. The IEN developed meeting summaries, an Issues Paper, a Primer on the Virginia Coastal Program, a Themes-Directions-Options paper, and... Continue reading →
(1995) Mediated a multi-party stakeholder task force that was created to deal with contentious proposed mental health insurance legislation.
(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.