As of 2010, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (population 20,000) has sustained the practice of organized, public dialogue and deliberation for over ten years. Since 1999, diverse community groups in Portsmouth have organized at least six rounds of large-scale dialogue-to-action circles (study circles) initiatives. This case study provides brief descriptions of four of these initiatives from 1999 through 2004. Descriptions of Portsmouth’s later public engagement initiatives will be added to this entry at a later date, or posted as separate entries.
This case study features public meetings and discussions organized by the New York Department of Environmental Conversation (NYSDEC) from 2006 onwards to ensure that citizen input was included in the process of designing plans to clean up the polluted Onondaga Lake.