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Help improve the health of Alexandria streams at the September 10 workshop

Aerial view of the Taylor Run map (Image: City of Alexandria)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Are you an Alexandria resident interested in the Taylor Run and Strawberry Run projects? The city wants to hear from you. On Saturday September 10, a workshop will take place at the Alexandria Renew Education Center & Meeting Space (1800 Limerick St). The workshop, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will allow participants to hear and discuss potential alternatives for improving the health of waterways.

People will also be able to attend the meeting virtually. Its format consists of presentations in the morning and small group discussions in the afternoon.

This consensus-building workshop will be led by the Institute for Engagement and Negotiation at the University of Virginia and co-hosted by the city’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, Division of Stormwater Management, and the Department of project implementation.

Consensus building is defined by Harvard Law School as “a process involving a good faith effort to accommodate the interests of all stakeholders and to seek unanimous agreement.” Additionally, “the approach allows groups to reach overwhelming agreement among relevant stakeholders and maximize possible gains for everyone.”

The Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) has formed a group to look at ways to make waterways healthier. And the members of the group will be present at the workshop to collaborate with their fellow citizens.

Feedback and discussion points from this workshop will be included in the final report, which will be presented to City Council at a public hearing in December.

In April last year, the Board temporarily suspended work on the projects to receive feedback from the EPC and the community.

RSVP to attend the workshop in person using the online form. To attend virtually, use Zoom. The meeting ID is 926 1353 9498. The access code is 411757.

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