Subject Expertise: Water
(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.
(1998) IEN was asked to facilitate the Virginia Coastal Program's (VCP) first formal strategic planning effort, during which stakeholders were asked to take a fresh look at VCP priorities, at VCP structure, and at how to optimize the protection of coastal resources. This six-month process involved stakeholder interviews, research, meetings with agency stakeholders, and meetings with interest groups with environmental, economic, and local government interests. The IEN developed meeting summaries, an Issues Paper, a Primer on the Virginia Coastal Program, a Themes-Directions-Options paper, and... Continue reading →
(1997) With support from the Virginia Sea Grant Program, the Institute conducted a convening study on the Menhaden fisheries controversy to determine whether alternative dispute resolution techniques could be used to resolve this protracted common property resource conflict. Upon completion of the study, IEN published a report called, "The Menhaden Fishery Controversy: A Convening Analysis."
(1988 - 1992) IEN facilitated a year-long process for a task force composed of twelve Virginia state agencies to develop a state plan for protecting ground water from pesticides.
(2006) IEN assisted the City of Newport News and the Virginia-recognized Mattaponi, Upper Mattaponi and Pamunkey tribes with the mitigation of impacts to culturally important sites affected by the proposed King William Reservoir.
(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 →
(2007-2011) This three-year project developed a real-time, microcomputer-based system for supporting community consensus decision-making about watershed issues. Led by a multi-disciplinary team at Virginia Tech, this project involved stakeholders from the North Fork of the Shenandoah watershed, representing a wide range of interests including agriculture, government, private business, environmental and utilities. The overall goal was to develop a flexible, practical toolkit that will provide watershed stakeholders with the knowledge and skills to select water quality protection mechanisms... Continue reading →
(1989-1990) A collaborative negotiation process facilitated by the IEN for over eighteen months, in which representatives of the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Health and Environmental Concerns, home builders, wetland consultants, and industry leaders in forestry, mining and agriculture met monthly to develop recommendations for wetland permitting procedures.
(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.