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 →
(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.
(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 →
(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.
(2007-2011) 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.
IEN facilitated an interagency strategic planning workshop for offices coordinating non-point source pollution efforts in the state.
(1998) At the request of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), IEN developed a \"Model Wellhead Protection\" implementation package. The package included model plans, ordinances, and outreach programs for Virginia localities. Numerous communities have since requested this package and have used the model plans to assist their local planning.