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EVALUATION OF STORY MAPS TO ENHANCE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATION AT LEGACY MANAGEMENT SITES
Carpenter, C., D. Castillo, J. Linard, and M. Picel.
WM2017: Waste Management Conference, March 5-9, 2017, Phoenix, Arizona. Paper 17334, 2017

The mission of DOE's Office of Legacy Management (LM) is to fulfill the Department's post-closure responsibilities and ensure protection of human health and the environment. Accomplishing that mission currently requires managing 91 legacy sites across the country by performing efficient long-term surveillance and maintenance activities, preserving and making accessible historic site records, and identifying opportunities for beneficial reuse. Integral to the success of these activities is connecting and communicating effectively with the public, governments, and other interested parties, so much so that LM has elevated such engagement to one of its strategic goals for the next 10 years. LM is evaluating the use of story maps to communicate long-term surveillance and maintenance practices. Story maps employ multiple types of content to engage users through site narratives, illustrations of change over time, photos, videos, and embedded links to external sources of information. The ability to illustrate site complexities via graphics and geospatial data is useful to both staff and stakeholders. Story maps can be easily initiated and managed in real time by LM site managers. This paper describes test story maps that were developed for several sites to explore the capabilities of the tool and potential approaches for deploying the tool for the public. http://www.wmsym.org/archives/2017/pdfs/FinalPaper_17334_0130101625.pdf



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