Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Subject Expertise: Water

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,

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,

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,

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,

Sustainable Fisheries

(2012) IEN facilitated a capacity building and partnership initiative with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Maryland local governments.On the premise that healthy terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems can most successfully be achieved in partnership with local government, IEN led a process to address the greatest threat to Maryland's natural resources and the critical ecosystem support functions they provide, watershed use change. The goal to develop a pro-active approach to strategically target DNR assistance to protect the most ecologically valuable resources threatened... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Water, Local Government,State Government,

TMDL Milestones

(2011) Led by the CBF/Choose Clean Water Coalition, a multi-state multi-organization partnership conducted annual assessments—interim appraisals that reviewed progress, estimated pending success or failure, and offered recommendations for mid-term adjustments, and final assessments that assessed states’ and EPA’s efforts to meet Milestone goals for the Phase I Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs). Development of these assessments occurred collaboratively. Stage I of the project focused on convening project partners to build a consensus for methodology, a strategy for communication, and a... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Strategic Planning, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,

Watershed Management Plans for Fairfax County

(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 →

Categorized as: 2000s, Consensus Building, Strategic Planning, Water, Land, Local Government,

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