The Case for Environmental Mediation

Mediation, a method of conflict resolution that is an alternative to the legal system, would help us take care of the planet without compromising progress.



Storm King Mountain
Four disputes settled by environmental mediation. First, Consolidated Edison wanted to build a giant Hudson River hydropower plant in the side of Storm King Mountain (left bank) that would use water pumped up into a massive highland reservoir. Environmentalists opposed the facility on aesthetic and ecological grounds.
PHOTO: SCENIC HUDSON, INC.
Port Townsend Ferry Terminal
Next, the ferry terminal at Port Townsend, Washington, needed to be replaced by a larger landing facility, but local citizens strongly disagreed about where to locate one.
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Portage Island
Portage Island, which lay with the boundaries of the Lummi American Indian reservation, was supposed to be a public park. Lummis who didn't like that idea tried to block access by any outsiders.
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I-90 Floating Bridge
Finally: The four-lane bridge (secured by floating pontoons) on Seattle's old Interstate 90 was too small to handle the booming area's traffic. However, people had been arguing about where to run a new extension since 1964!
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