Service Areas: Consensus Building
(1984 - 1985) The Uranium Mining Task Force was created by the Coal and Energy Commission of the Virginia state legislature in January 1984 to address the risk and economic consequences of allowing uranium mining in the state. The Task Force consisted of the heads of the seven state agencies having environmental responsibility, including: the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, the State Air Pollution Control Board, the State Water Control Board, the Department of Health, the Department of Conservation and Economic Development, the Department of Labor and Industry, and the... Continue reading →
(2007-2008) The Elizabeth River Project underwent a yearlong revision process to the watershed Action Plan, last updated in 2002. The Elizabeth River is an important tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. While serving as a vehicle for economic activity, with many industries on the River served by its navigable waters, the River has also served as a reminder of the harm of environmental contamination. A series of stakeholder meetings were convened in 2007 and 2008 to evaluate existing and continuing problems (environmental, social, political) associated with the restoration of the Elizabeth River... Continue reading →
(1998) IEN facilitated a strategy development process for the implementation of new EPA policies aimed at making state and local more efficient in the use of available resources.
IEN facilitated an interagency strategic planning workshop for offices coordinating non-point source pollution efforts in the state.
(1994) IEN brought together the National Park Service, the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office, local officials, and residents to formulate a cohesive plan to revitalize St. Marys historic waterfront and to better accommodate visitors to Cumberland Island National Seashore.
(1994) Through a series of mediated discussions, IEN assisted the U.S. Forest Service and two state agencies responsible for the gypsy moth population control program to reconcile funding and administrative issues.
(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.