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National Arboretum Project 

Project Development and Stakeholder Relations Case Study

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for the National Arboretum facility in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. More than 1000 urbanized acres drain heavily polluted stormwater through the National Arboretum grounds and into the significantly impacted Anacostia River. Considerations of the Arboretum aesthetics and related issues had stymied action for a number of years despite calls for action by local residents, environmental groups, politicians and others.

EcoLogix Group was retained in 2004 by USDA and Earth Tech to help the project team develop and implement an innovative solution worthy of the national profile of the Arboretum and that would advance its educational and research missions while reducing the environmental impacts of the large volume of stormwater. EcoLogix Group provided a comprehensive stakeholder relations program designed to engage a diverse group of community and environmental stakeholders as well as elected officials. The goals of the effort were to solicit input into the stormwater treatment technical considerations, to build an understanding of the complexities of such a project and to gain support for the project’s cost elements. Priorities for stakeholders and the project team included: 
  • assessing stormwater treatment alternatives;  
  • meeting the overall mission of pollution abatement in the Anacostia River and Chesapeake Bay;
  • enhancing the aesthetics of the National Arboretum;
  • incorporating on-site educational opportunities; and
  • demonstrating environmentally sustainable practices.
Rick Sheckells, Managing Principal
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