Southeast Alaska Rivers at Risk
An ArcGIS Story Map
Trout Unlimited approached WebMapSolutions with a tough challenge. They wanted to raise awareness of how the impact of proposed mining activities in British Columbia might affect the lives and livelihood of those living across the border in Alaska. Below we describe the steps we went through to provide a solution.
The pristine waterways of Southeast Alaska are vital to ensuring economic stability, vibrant communities and one of the few remaining salmon strongholds left in North America. The watersheds of the Taku, Stikine and Unuk Rivers, support the fish habitat of Southeast Alaska.
In British Columbia, these watersheds hold significant mineral deposits that are poised for development of large-scale, open-pit copper and gold mines. 10 projects are currently in various stages of operation, permitting, and exploration.
Trout Unlimited wanted to raise awareness of the risks and potential impacts to the Alaskan communities downstream from these developments?
Simply writing articles or publishing press releases about the threat was not enough. Trout Unlimited were looking for a more compelling way to raise awareness. A multimedia experience which combined images, descriptions, video and maps it was felt would have the greatest impact.
A carefully constructed ArcGIS story map was potentially a perfect solution. Using video and imagery provided by Trout Unlimited, with maps published in ArcGIS Online. Carefully crafted wording added to the story map would help tell the story.
An easy to understand, strikingly presented, visually stunning story map it was agreed would most effectively communicate the profound threat.
Data is at the core of your story map. There is much data to collect and generate to make your story truly compelling. Imagery, video and textual description are key. As is the geo-data and maps to provide the story context. A considerable time was spent pulling together and publishing the data for this project. Trout Unlimited have a collection of beautiful images and video. And with the carefully written copy, written by Trout Unlimited staff, the story unfolds in a clear and compelling way.
We are very proud of the outcome of this project. Trout Unlimited could not be happier. They now have a wonderful platform to tell their story. To help raise awareness of the potential impact mining in British Columbia could have on down-river communities in Alaska.
Click on the image below to open the story map.