Community Participation Overview

Community participation is vital to the success of the Spring Valley Formerly Used Defense Site. A critical component of the project includes the array of tools and methods that the partnership uses to effectively communicate with the public, including establishing a Restoration Advisory Board (RAB), tours, and regular face-to-face meetings with individual community members, mailings and an active Web site.

Restoration Advisory Board

The RAB is comprised of 13 Spring Valley community stakeholders as well as representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, the District Department of the Environment, as well as the nearby public school and American University. The RAB acts in an advisory capacity to assist the government agencies engaged in the investigation and cleanup of the Spring Valley FUDS. The primary purpose of the RAB is to involve the local community in the decision making process. The RAB meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every odd month at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 5150 Macomb Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. Meetings are open to the public.

July 12, 2022 (Note: 7:00 PM in person at St. David’s Church in the Undercroft) 

April 12, 2022 (Note, conducted virtually). Click here to access the minutes for the Apr. 12 call

January 11, 2022 (Note, conducted virtually). Click here to access the minutes for the Jan. 11 call.

November 9, 2021 (Note, conducted virtually). Click here to access the minutes for the Nov. 9 call. 

September 14, 2021 (Note, conducted virtually). Click here to access minutes for the Sept. 14 call.

July 13, 2021 (Note, conducted virtually). Click here to access minutes for the July 13 call. 

May 11, 2021 (Note, conducted virtually). Click here to access minutes for the May 11 call. 

March 9, 2021 (Note, conducted virtually). Click here to access minutes for the March 9 call. 

January 12, 2021 (Note, conducted virtually). Click here to access minutes for the Jan. 12 call.

November 10, 2020 (Note, conducted virtually). Click here to access minutes for the Nov. 10 call. 

September 15, 2020 (Note, meeting was postponed and held via conference call due to COVID) Click here to access minutes for the Sept 15 call.

July 14, 2020 (Note, meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19, so the presentation is being posted)

May 12, 2020 (Note, meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19, so the presentation is being posted)

March 10, 2020

January 8, 2020

November 12, 2019

September 10, 2019

July 9, 2019

May 14, 2019

March 12, 2019

January 8, 2019

November 13, 2018

September 11, 2018

July 10, 2018

May 8, 2018

March 13, 2018

January 9, 2018

November 14, 2017

September 12, 2017

July 11, 2017

June 15, 2017 Conference Call

May 9, 2017

March 14, 2017 (cancelled)

Jan. 10, 2017

Nov. 15, 2016

Sept. 13, 2016

July 14, 2016 (Site-Wide Proposed Plan Community Meeting Package)

July 12, 2016

May 10, 2016

March 8, 2016

Jan. 12, 2016

Nov. 10, 2015

Sept. 15, 2015

July 14, 2015

May 12, 2015

May 5, 2015

March 10, 2015

Jan. 13, 2015

Nov. 18, 2014

Sept. 9, 2014

July 15, 2014

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January 14

March 10

May 12

July 14

September 8

November 10

Below is a list of current RAB members.  If you have questions about the RAB, please contact the Community Outreach Team at 410-962-0157 or Rebecca.E.Yahiel@usace.army.mil, or RAB membership chair, Malcolm Pritzker, at 202-537-9595 or malpritz@aol.com.

Greg Beumel, Community RAB Co-Chair, greg.beumel@csra.com

Jennifer Baine, Community Member, jennifer.baine@gmail.com

Paul Bermingham, Community Member, pbermingham0@yahoo.com

Mary Bresnahan, Community Member, mary.bresnahan@longandfoster.com   

Mary Kathryn Covert Steel, Community Member, mkcovert@gmail.com

Mary Douglas, Community Member, msdouglas3@aol.com  

Paul Dueffert, Community Member, environsc@gmail.com

William Krebs, Community Member, w_krebs@msn.com  

Lawrence Miller, Community Member, lawrence.miller@starpower.net  

Lee H. Monsein, MD, MPH, Community Member, leehmonsein@yahoo.com  

Malcolm L. Pritzker, Community Member, malpritz@aol.com  

Tom Smith, Community Member, tmfsmith@rcn.com  

George Vassiliou, Community Member, george_vassiliou@ml.com  

John Wheeler, Community Member, johnwheeler.dc@gmail.com  

Marguerite Clarkson, At Large - Horace Mann Elementary School, margcamp@gmail.com​

Dan Nichols, At Large - American University, dnichols@american.edu 

Steve Hirsh, Agency - EPA, hirsh.steven@epa.gov   

Dan Noble, Agency - Corps of Engineers/Military Co-Chair, dan.g.noble@usace.army.mil

Dave Tomlinson, Agency - District Department of Energy and Environment, dave.tomlinson@dc.gov

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(Please note - The St. David’s Episcopal Church staff have asked that we refrain from using the outside stairwells as a  safety precaution due to water issues, poor lighting, and lack of stairs with grips; and use the bell tower entrance (which has internal stairs and an elevator). There will be signs clearly posted to direct RAB meeting attendees to the new entrance. We thank you in advance for following the request of our hosts, the St. David’s Episcopal Church.)