Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Community Decisions for Watershed Planning


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 appropriate to their watershed. It also aimed to help stakeholders develop innovative strategies to reduce costs of meeting water quality protection goals. IEN's role was to help design and facilitate stakeholder involvement in the development of these tools.