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Virginia CZM Program: 2018 Coastal Grant Project Description and Final Summary

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The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia

Project Title:

Leveraging Economic Benefits of the Natural Resources of the Lower Chickahominy River - UVA/IEN Stakeholder Engagement

Project Description:

The five-year strategy developed by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program establishes a collaborative planning process across three counties to identify and establish an overarching vision for land use and land conservation priorities. The effort supports improved coordination between natural resource agencies, local governments and regional organizations and interests in planning for coastal areas. This approach will build and strengthen relationships and partnerships among multiple stakeholders across the watershed.

Year three of the project involves developing and implementing an expanded outreach and communication strategy to: 1) further define stakeholder interests and issues and 2) to brainstorm potential approaches for maximizing both socio-economic and ecological benefits through new or revised policies and coordinated planning activities.  Year three outreach activities will involve stakeholder interviews and focus group sessions.  This effort will be supported by Richmond Regional PDC (Task 93.01) with RRPDC facilitating the Lower Chickahominy Steering Committee as a source for identifying stakeholders that will participate in each focus group as well as overall consistency with the larger Section 309 CSI strategy.  George Mason University (Task 93.04) will also support the project to specifically provide subject matter expertise for eliciting stakeholder perspective on economic and cost benefit considerations.

The Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN) at the University of Virginia (UVA) will provide facilitation and engagement services to convene and facilitate a Stakeholder Outreach Committee, conduct stakeholder interviews, and organize and facilitate three focus group sessions. The IEN team is comprised of Tanya Denckla Cobb – Director, Judie Talbot – Senior Associate, and student interns. Ms. Denckla Cobb will serve as the lead for IEN during year three outreach activities. Ms. Talbot will serve as the project manager.

IEN is a nationally recognized leader in fostering collaborative change across a broad range of issues through multi-agency and multi-stakeholder processes as well as through community outreach and engagement. Team members are known for their expertise in:  designing and facilitating collaborative problem solving processes, consensus building, conflict resolution, and strategic planning; programmatic evaluation; mediation; training in leadership, conflict management and negotiation skills; and working with environmental justice communities. Collectively, Ms. Denckla Cobb and Ms. Talbot bring more than 43 years of experience in mediating and facilitating collaborative planning and public policy deliberations in support of vibrant and sustainable communities.

Federal Funding:


Project Contact:

Judie Talbot, 775.720.0214 (cell),

Project Status:

10/1/18 - 9/30/19; Project Pending

Final Product:


Project Summary:


Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email:

A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to or

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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