Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Subject Expertise: Water

The Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool (The RAFT)

The Goal of The Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool (The RAFT) To help Virginia’s coastal localities improve resilience to flooding and other coastal storm hazards while remaining economically and socially viable.  What is The RAFT? The RAFT is a “full service” tool to assist coastal localities to increase their resilience. Coastal resilience is the capacity to anticipate threats, reduce the community’s vulnerability, repond to, and recover from hazardous events and chronic stresses. A community can be vulnerable not only due to their physical location and... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Dialogue, Public Participation, Research, Land, People & Communities, Water, Educational Institutions,Local Government,

Governor's Advisory Council on Environmental Justice

Established by Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Executive Order 73, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Environmental Justice (ACEJ) is charged with advising the Executive Branch to help ensure that low-income and minority communities in Virginia do not bear a disproportionate environmental burden. ACEJ meetings are facilitated by IEN’s Director Tanya Denckla Cobb and other representatives of the Institute. The Council is comprised of 15 leaders from academia, business, public service, and non-governmental organizations, and will meet quarterly at locations across the state. Additional informationa... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, Consensus Building, Dialogue, Public Participation, Energy, Health & Food, Land, People & Communities, Water, State Government,

Community Relocation in the Face of Recurring Inundation: A Preliminary Framework

The resilience of Virginia's coastal cities, towns, and villages is threated by sinking ground (subsidence), increased rainfall intensity, storm surges and rising seas. The flood records are clear: more flooding is occuring now than ever before and more flooding is expected in coming years. These hazards directly affect regional economy, public health and social coherence. Coastal communities in Virginia are experiencing high risk areas prone to repeated flooding, some of which are projected over time to... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Land, People & Communities, Water, Educational Institutions,

Clarkton Bridge Stakeholder Engagement

IEN facilitated a stakeholder engagement process, funded by the Virginia Transportation Research Council, to determine the future of Clarkton Bridge. The bridge, which spans the Staunton River at the border between Halifax and Charlotte Counties in southern Virginia, is over 100 years old, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The condition of the bridge has deteriorated and it has been closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for several years. The Virginia Department of Transportation felt that the bridge posed a hazard to public safety and should be removed, while some... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Dialogue, Public Participation, Land, People & Communities, Water, Nonprofit Organizations,State Government,

Dan River Basin Community Stakeholder Team

On February 2, 2014 between 30,000 and 39,000 tons of coal ash and approximately 24 to 27 million gallons of ash pond water from the Duke Energy Dan River Steam Station were released into the Dan River. As part of its response to this event, Duke Energy contracted with IEN to provide impartial process design and facilitation of a community Stakeholder Team to identify community concerns and seek community consensus for solutions that address the impacts of the coal ash release. The facilitation team also included Dr. Martha Walker of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE). The Dan River Basin... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Dialogue, Public Participation, People & Communities, Water, Business and Industry,

2015-2016 Strategic Planning

IEN was asked to design and facilitate five strategic planning efforts in 2015-2016. We designed and facilitated meetings for the Albemarle Solid Waste Authority to enable its advisory committee to consider a range of options and reach consensus recommendations for the fate of the Ivy Landfill Transfer Station, for consideration by the Board of Supervisors. We designed and facilitated meetings for the U.Va. Sustainability Office to bring its staff together... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Strategic Planning, Land, People & Communities, Water, Educational Institutions,Local Government,Nonprofit Organizations,

James River Transmission Line

To meet increasing demand for power, and the requirement to reduce the possibilities for brownouts or other forms of outages, Dominion has proposed a new transmission line to cross the James River at historic Williamsburg. Key stakeholders are adamantly opposed to this proposal on the grounds that this will unalterably and irretrievably damage one of the nation’s most precious historic resources – the landscapes, vistas, and cultural resources in this historic region where colonists first settled. The resulting federally... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Energy, Land, People & Communities, Water, Federal Government,

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certificate

A new professional certificate is being developed to assist in the Bay cleanup effort. Local governments wish to know who they can trust to design and install BMPs that will qualify and count toward their TMDL load reductions goals. Others wish to raise the bar, so that landscape professionals become more knowledgeable about Bay-appropriate design and BMPs, in design, implementation, and maintenance. IEN has been asked to serve as facilitator for the steering committee consensus decision-making meetings, led by a partnership of Wetlands Watch, the... Continue reading →

Categorized as: 2010s, Consensus Building, Land, Water, Business and Industry,Nonprofit Organizations,State Government,

Loudoun Water/Beaverdam Reservoir

Loudoun County’s need for additional water resources continues to grow, leading the utility, Loudoun Water, to acquire the Beaverdam Reservoir. Beaverdam is first and foremost a source of public drinking water. Loudoun Water has partnered with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) to manage recreational activities and public access until the spring/summer of 2017. At that time it will close to complete needed repairs to the... Continue reading →

Categorized as: Current, 2010s, Dialogue, Public Participation, Water, Local Government,

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