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The Hickey Run is a small stream in Northeast Washington D.C. that feeds into the Anacostia River. Hickey Run drains about 800 acres of the District's storm sewer system before flowing across the 446 acre property of the National Arboretum, and like many urban streams, it suffers from trash and hydrocarbon pollution. The pollution was so bad that Hickey Run once caught fire from the oil in the water.

In 2004, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, and the National Arboretum, in collaboration with the D.C. Department of Health and D.C. Water and Sewer Authority, initiated a process to address stormwater pollution in Hickey Run. Because the cleanup of the Anacostia River is a major focus of regional conservation groups and government agencies, the project partners were committed to engaging a wide array of external stakeholders during the process for selecting a technical solution to Hickey Run's pollution problem.

EcoLogix Group, an Annapolis, Maryland professional services company focused on sustainability planning and creating economic, environmental and social value, was tapped by ARS to develop a stakeholder engagement program to achieve the project goals. Teaming with Earth Tech, Inc. of Alexandria, Virginia, the prime contractor and engineering lead on the project, EcoLogix developed and implemented an external stakeholder program that proved successful because it combines environmental, economic, social, and political considerations for a balanced outcome. By linking the human dimensions of an urban Federal property with its community, ecological, and economic aspects, USDA's National Arboretum, its surrounding communities, and its external stakeholders all worked together to achieve a common objective. The balance of the support team for the project included AOS Associates of Plainfield, Illinois, and Rinker Design Associates, PC of Manassas, Virginia to provide technical and regulatory support.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2005-01-01

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