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E-M:/ Army Corp Conflict Resolution?

Wondering if  this new found desire to collaborate isn't just a slick  way for the Corp of Engineers to manage and out organize the public's opposition to their many destructive projects. This new process assumes the Corp gives a damn about 1. the public 2. water quality 3. habitat  4. communities.

Michelle Hurd Riddick
Lone Tree Council
2421 Kipling
Saginaw, MI 48602


 The USACE's Institute for Water Resources has designated a new Center of Expertise (CX)and Directory of Expertise (DX) at the Institute for Water Resources (IWR).

 The purpose of this new Center, the Conflict Resolution and Public Participation Center (CPC), is to provide assistance to the field and HQ in the areas of conflict resolution and collaborative processes.

The CPC will support training and outreach programs and provide consultation and technical assistance across USACE. It will also maintain a directory of USACE and external experts and techniques in environmental conflict resolution and alternative dispute resolution.

The CPC’s mission is to help Corps staff anticipate, prevent and manage water conflicts ensuring that the interests of the public are addressed in Corps decisions.


The CPC is created in the context of increased Corps attention to collaborative processes. The Joint Memorandum on Environmental Conflict Resolution issued in 2005 directed Federal agencies to “increase the effective use of environmental conflict resolution (ECR)and build institutional capacity for collaborative problemsolving.” Executive Order No. 13352 of August 2004 promotes “facilitation of cooperative conservation”, and EC 1105-

2-409 dated 31 May 2005 discusses “planning in a collaborative environment.”


Furthermore, one of the goals of the recently refreshed Corps Campaign Plan is to "deliver enduring and essential water resources solutions through collaboration with partners and stakeholders."


CPC answers these directives by increasing the use and effectiveness of collaborative planning tools. Key center services include training, consultation services, and reference materials to assist Corps HQ and field offices to manage conflicts and implement collaborative approaches. This includes “Shared Vision Planning,” a participatory process that merges stakeholder collaboration with interactive computer modeling and software.


Additional information, including resources for public involvement and alternative dispute resolution, is available online at http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/cpc/. See, also, IWR's press release at  http://www.iwr.usace.army.mil/inside/news/20081029.cfm


To speak with center staff about a particular conflict or public involvement project, contact Hal Cardwell, at 703-428-9071, hal.e.cardwell@usace.army.mil or Maria Placht at 703-428-6242, maria.t.placht@usace.army.mil.