the Environment; and a representative of the Spring Valley Restoration Advisory Board established to facilitate public involvement. These briefings spoke of conflict in the early days of the cleanup effort but also of the collaborative partnering that eventually emerged, with all parties having had a voice in determining cleanup objectives, processes, and procedures. While a partnering environment was established, all acknowledged that there were technical, practical, and monetary limitations and that while the path forward was not always agreed on by all parties, all parties at least understood why decisions were made the way they were. One of the most important lessons learned by all parties was the concept of partnering, education of the public, the involvement of all stakeholders, and public participation in bodies like restoration advisory boards and community outreach groups.



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