NFWF Regional Collaborative Spotlight Series – SESSION 4

About this Series:  Join Chesapeake Bay restoration practitioners and stakeholders for the fourth in a five-part series to explore and elevate understanding of what constitutes effective, regional-scale collaborative approaches for Bay restoration, including the key factors that contribute to their success and how collaboratives evolve, adapt, and mature to sustain progress. We especially welcome stakeholders who are interested in NFWF’s Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) Grants Program, as they will gain insights on what makes for a competitive, INSR-ready collaborative restoration proposal.

About the August 23 Session “Urban Collaboratives: Targeting Cities and Interesting Infrastructures – Motivation and Capacity”  The Elizabeth River Project, focused in one of the most populated areas of Tidewater, Virginia, has long been considered among the gold standard of collaborative approaches. Upstream James River in Richmond, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay works closely with the City departments to saturate public spaces with green infrastructure, in a quest for clean water across all city water-based programs in an initiative known as RVA-H2O. The efforts are quite different yet both work in highly urbanized areas to effect change in behavior and policy and to build alignments that support sustainable water quality improvements. As the political winds shift across local political landscapes, how do urban-based collaboratives build a lasting commitment to fund and address persistent and growing stormwater, sea level rise, and restoration and mitigation challenges?

Joe Rieger, Deputy Director – Restoration, The Elizabeth River Project
Nissa Dean, Virginia State Director, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Dave Hirschman, Principal, Hirschman Water & Environment, LLC (moderator)