James River Study

Step 1: Workshop on Finding and Creating Common Ground in Water Management: A Shared Vision Planning Approach for the James River Basin - Charlottesville, February 1, 2007 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Because maintenance of the many values associated with the River will require a continuing dialogue among those with divergent interests, a major objective of the workshop is to propose use of collaborative modeling to facilitate learning and decision making across various governmental and non-governmental groups. The workshop is to introduce the collaborative modeling process as it has been developed in other locations and provide an opportunity for preliminary discussion of its possible role in future decision making in the James Basin.

Step 2: Participatory Modeling Framework - Participatory modeling incorporates input from stakeholders and decision-makers into scientific models that support decisions involving complex ecological questions. The process supports democratic principles, is educational, integrates social and natural processes, can legitimate a local decision making process, and can lead participants to be instrumental in implementing an agreed agenda. Stakeholder participants engage in the modeling research process in the form of model selection and development, data collection and integration, scenario development, interpretation of results, and development of policy alternatives.

Step 3: Web-based Watershed Management - Watershed analysis and watershed management are developing as tools of integrated ecological and economic study and decision making at a regional scale. The new technology and thinking brought with the advent of Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) is very much complimentary to some of the paradigms of watershed management. We intend to use interactive web pages to support the Shared Vision Planning for the James River Study.

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