Background to the Great Bay Initiative
This multi phased initiative is a result of a 6-month long assessment process conducted by Jeffery Edelstein, principal at Edelstein Associates and Senior Consultant at the Consensus Building Institute in partnership with PREP. This process was initiated by PREP because it has been following stakeholder activity concerning nutrient loading to the Great Bay and measures to address it, and believes that collaboration among all stakeholders is the most effective way to protect the watershed, its residents and its communities. PREP had informally asked individuals associated with the key parties (regulators, muncipal officials, organizations) whether there was interest in a dialogue-based process to discuss the health of the bay, measures to protect it, and the impacts that such measures might have on the watershed’s communities. Initial indications were that the parties might be interested in exploring the convening of a dialogue on these issues, with the goal of taking a collaborative approach to resolving them.
PREP obtained funding from the Thomas W. Haas Fund through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to support an initial exploration of this idea and engaged Jeff Edelstein's services in May, 2011. Edestein is the principal of a small firm providing professional neutral facilitation to local governments, state and federal agencies across the U.S. working together on similar issues. Edelstein also has a background as a professional engineer specializing in water resource issues.
Edelstein took the interview data, assessed and analyzed it and determined the following:
Edelstein's Oct. 11, 2011 Assessment can be found HERE.