Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Subject Expertise: Water

Chesapeake Bay Stakeholder Assessment

(2015-Present) IEN is conducting an assessment of stakeholder experiences with Phase I and Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) developed by states and the District of Columbia as part of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (Bay TMDL) accountability framework. Over 100 conversations with stakeholders will inform answers to the following questions: What aspects of the Phase I and II WIP process facilitated implementation? What topics does the Phase III WIP process need to address more directly? How may Phase III WIPs and the oversight of implementation better engage... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Strategic Planning, Water, Business and Industry,

Regulatory Negotiations: MS4, Construction Permits, Nutrient Trading

(2012) IEN worked with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation to facilitate separate discussions for the MS4 General Permit RAP, the Construction General Permit RAP, and the Nutrient Trading RAP. The goals of the negotations were: to ensure that all RAP members have an opportunity to be heard and are able to contribute to discussions, to determine key issues of concern to RAP members and facilitate discussions of how proposed regulatory amendments address those concerns, and to help identify consensus and remaining differences concerning draft proposed regulations.

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, People & Communities, Water, State Government,

Eastern Shore Coastal Flooding Workshop: Historic and Future Sea Levels

(2012) Project partners applied for a Virginia Sea Grant following last year’s project: Planning for Virginia’s Coastal Resilience. The result of that project was a series of events entitled “Sea Level Rise in Hampton Roads: Virginia Beach Listening Sessions,” which were hosted in four locations in Virginia Beach to foster a community discussion on the effects of sea level rise on property values, wildlife habitat, erosion, and other concerns. Building on this work, leaders in other coastal Virginia localities, including the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission and the members of... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, People & Communities, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,

Virginia Beach Focus Group Discussion of Sea Level Rise Policies

(2012) Citizens and elected decision-makers are ready and eager to find ways to tackle the difficult issue of how to plan for sea level rise. The results of four community listening sessions in 2011 on sea level rise in Virginia Beach indicate the urgency of the situation: 90% of participants believe that planning for sea level rise should be a priority for local government. Following a presentation to City Council in May 2011, Councilors shared their opinion that more information was needed on the public perception of sea level rise, specifically regarding solutions. This feedback served as... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Research, People & Communities, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,

Sea Level Rise in Hampton Roads: Findings from the Virginia Beach Listening Sessions

(2011) - The Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN), in collaboration with Hampton Roads Planning Commission (HRPDC), Wetlands Watch (WW), Old Dominion University (ODU), and the City of Virginia Beach, facilitated a series of four public listening sessions in Virginia Beach in the spring of 2011. This initiative was a first for the state of Virginia and one of the few opportunities for public engagement on sea level rise that has occurred in the nation.  The primary goal of this pioneering effort was to provide a forum for residents of urban, suburban, and rural areas of Virginia... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, People & Communities, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,

Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute

The Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute is a program for emerging leaders confronted with Virginia's most pressing natural resource issues who seek new skills in conflict resolution and collaborative problem solving. VNRLI is comprised of six sessions held over nine months in regions across Virginia, during which Fellows learn about the important environmental issues facing our state through a combination of mini-lectures, experiential exercises, stakeholder panel discussions, and field trips. You can find more information about the program... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Core Project, Current, Consensus Building, Training, Energy, Land, People & Communities, Water,

Elizabeth River Project: Eastern Branch Strategy

(2014) The Elizabeth River Eastern Branch Strategy is being developed by multiple stakeholders within the Elizabeth River watershed. The Institute, working with the Elizabeth River Project, served as facilitator throughout the project, including four large group meetings. After creating the vision below, the group reached consensus on a series of goals and actions intended to identify and address contamination, restore wildlife habitat, and engage the public. The initial planning phase was completed in August 2014, with implementation expected to take a number of years. A healthy, enduring... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Water,

Virginia Department of Health: Waterworks Regulations

(2014) With planning beginning in January, a contract finalized in May, and five meetings held between August and November 2014, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Drinking Water convened a stakeholder group of 31 individuals to make recommendations for updating drinking water regulations for the Commonwealth of Virginia. RAP members were selected by ODW. Membership represented diverse interests across the state, including local utilities, private providers, advocates for low-income housing, and others. The Waterworks Regulations Regulatory Advisory Panel (RAP) process was... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, Water, State Government,

Clinch River Valley Initiative

(2010 - Present) The Clinch River Valley Initiative (CRVI) is a pioneering effort to build local economies in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia, focusing on the Clinch River Valley—one of the most biodiverse river systems in North America. Working at a watershed scale with several local partners, this grassroots effort has developed significant support and momentum throughout the region. Utilizing a consensus-based approach, project partners have developed goals for connecting downtown revitalization, outdoor recreation, creating a state park, enhancing water quality, entrepreneurship and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Core Project, Current, Consensus Building, Public Participation, Research, Strategic Planning, Health & Food, People & Communities, Water,

Living Waters: An Interfaith Summit

State faith, conservation, science, and public policy leaders gathered on November 19, 2013, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond for "Living Waters: An Interfaith Summit” to discuss stewardship of rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay." The summit brought together a diversity of people to examine water quality through the lens of faith, establish partnerships, and discover collaborative ways to restore and protect our living waters. The all-day forum included presentations from guest speakers followed by group... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, People & Communities, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,

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