Subject Expertise: Water
(1999-2000) Concerns over the Chesapeake Bay's blue crab resource led the Chesapeake Bay Commission to establish a Bi-State Blue Crab Advisory Committee (BBCAC), which worked to develop recommendations for future management of the blue crab in Maryland and Virginia. The IEN convened and facilitated the public involvement component of the BBCAC consensus building effort to improve economic efficiency of the blue crab fishery and develop a long-term bay-wide strategy to ensure sustainability of the resource. The effort involved technical work groups composed of scientists and fisheries... Continue reading →
(2007) The IEN facilitated a consensus-building process to help the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) consider amendments to portions of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board's Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Permit Regulations. IEN work included refining the goals and desired outcomes of the discussion, interviewing members of a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to introduce the consensus building process and assess key needs, interests and concerns, and facilitating three meetings of the TAC. The Board approved the proposed MS4 General Permit... Continue reading →
(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 →
(2006) IEN worked with a stakeholder planning committee to design the second invitation-only high level stakeholder-based Governor's Summit. The Summit identified key issues that need to be addressed in protecting Virginia's natural resources, as well as potential solutions and priorities for the next five years.
(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 →
(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
(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 →
(2004 - 2005) IEN convened and facilitated a community advisory committee, and facilitated public involvement workshops on watershed issues, development of possible solutions, proposed projects and plans, and finalizing the watershed plan. Watershed plan: link to Fairfax website
(2003 - 2004) IEN worked with ICMA to develop and conduct a webcast on \"Collaborative Problem Solving and Consensus Building: Effective Approaches for Watershed Protection and Restoration\" (April 2004); this was followed by a 2-day workshop in New Orleans on the same topic (November 2004).