If there is one thing the Central Hazardous Materials Fund could do better, it’s being able to tell the stories of its many diverse and unique sites.  This is an example of one our earliest attempts to create a Story Map for one of our sites.

Esri Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. They make it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story.” -ESRI
We chose to focus on Red Devil Mine, as our first test-site for a Story Map, because it is very much a geographic site. Accessible only by boat or plane, plus many of the neighboring villages are subsistence of the river, getting the majority of their food from it.

After tons of rewrites and working the insides of government bureaucracy we finally have an approved version for the public. Definitely learned some lessons as we attempt to create Story Maps in the future for other sites.

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