Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Subject Expertise: Water

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,

Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission: Working Waterfront Workshop

(2014) Virginia’s coastal communities have a long history of active, bustling waterfronts that host  a variety of businesses oriented to commercial and recreational fishermen, boaters, the seafood industry, and other water-dependent jobs. The Virginia Coastal Program is developing a plan to help preserve working waterfronts, enhance their economic viability and ensure continued contributions to the fabric of life in the Commonwealth’s coastal zone. The Working Waterfront Workshop in Spring 2014 focused on defining what working waterfronts are, developing consistent inventories, and framing... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Strategic Planning, Water, Local Government,

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,

Virginia Sea Grant: Design Competition Facilitation

(2014) Virginia Sea Grant’s (VSG) annual symposium in Spring 2014 planned a discussion session around the idea of launching a formal design competition for structural and land use approaches to sea level rise in Virginia. Virginia’s coastal zone is at great risk from sea level rise, ranking second in the nation behind New Orleans. In other states, design competitions have been used successfully to help local governments visualize the problems, and provide a political impetus for making changes to plan for sea level rise. With funding from VSG, IEN worked with the session leaders to design... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Public Participation, Water, Land, Nonprofit Organizations,

Stormwater Summit

(2013) \"A Collaborative Summit: Protecting Water Quality Through Actions on Urban-Suburban Properties\" was held February 13-14, 2013 in Williamsburg. With 179 people attending, the Summit was a unique convening of a diverse group of interests, experiences, and perspectives from government, non-profit, research, education and private sectors. All assembled for two days to join forces to tackle one the most difficult but necessary water quality challenges for Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay Region: achieving a widespread, accelerated use of watershed restoration and stormwater retrofit best... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Strategic Planning, Water, Federal Government,

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,

Local Government Capacity Building Grants Facilitation

(2012) In the fall of 2012, the IEN began work with three communities in Virginia and one community in West Virginia that received grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to address local stormwater issues. The IEN is currently writing case studies for each project that will assist communities with similar characteristics when developing policies and projects related to stormwater. Petersburg The City of Petersburg is developing a water quality master plan to ensure compliance with state stormwater regulations. With funds from the NFWF grant, Petersburg... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Public Participation, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,

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,

Virginia Coastal 309 Assessment

(2005 - 2006) IEN conducted Virginia's second (1997) and fourth (2005) 309 assessments of Virginia's coastal resources. The assessment covered changes over the past five years in coastal resource management, resource characterization, threats, and opportunities for state programs to improve protection of coastal resources. Virginia Coastal Assessment

Categorized as: 2000s, Research, Land, Water, State Government,

Ad Hoc Dam Safety Study Committee

(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 →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Water, State Government,

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