skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 97326 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Settling Things - Six Case Studies in Environmental Mediation
Author(s): A R Talbot
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 107
Sponsoring Agency: Conservation Foundation
Washington, DC 20036
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Conservation Foundation
1717 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These six case studies describe site-specific environmental disputes in which the parties negotiated a resolution of the dispute with the assistance of a mediator. In some cases, the parties were already involved in litigation; in others they were headed for court action when the mediation process began.
Abstract: In the first case, the settlement concluded a 17-year legal battle -- involving three environmental groups, four public agencies, and five electric utilities -- over the use of the Hudson River for power production. In the second case, the dispute over the extension of Interstate 90 across Lake Washington and into Seattle, environmental and neighborhood groups were battling the State highway department; five local jurisdictions disagreed over how, where, and whether the interstate should be built. The third case involved a dispute between a small-scale hydroelectric developer, who wanted to tap the lake water in Swanville, Me. and the town of Swanville, which wanted to use the water for other purposes. In the fourth dispute, the Whatcom County Park Board (Washington State), which owned Portage Island, negotiated with the Lummi Indian tribe, which controlled road access to the island over a sandbar that was exposed at low tide. In the fifth case, the city of Eau Claire, Wis., was embroiled in a dispute with the town of Seymour, which Eau Claire had chosen as a dumpsite. In the sixth case, a mediator helped the residents of Port Townsend, Wash., agree on a new location for a ferry terminal. Issues and participants in each dispute are identified, and the mediators' success in resolving the disputes is described.
Index Term(s): Alternative dispute settlement; Case studies; Mediation; Mediators; Washington; Wisconsin
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.