GIS Dept. Recognized for Exemplary Story Map

We are thrilled to announce that Santa Cruz County’s Steelhead Monitoring Story won 3rd place in the international 2018 Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest. The story was considered under the Conservation/Environment/Sustainability category as one of “the best story maps to illustrate efforts aimed at protecting the planet’s natural environments and ensuring a sustainable future for humankind.”  The story map was created by Austin Robey (GIS Department) and Kristen Kittleson (Environmental Health Services/Health Services Agency) to showcase over 20 years of environmental monitoring for steelhead in Santa Cruz County.  D.W. ALLEY and Associates has been the long-time fishery consultant for the monitoring effort.   

The Storytelling with Maps Contest is sponsored by Esri, the global market leader in GIS software. Contest entries were judged on the “effectiveness in making the subject matter interesting and understandable; their provision of an engaging user experience, and their overall design, impact and creativity.” More than a thousand contest entries were submitted and sixteen prizes were awarded across five categories.

Congratulations to Austin and Kristen, and thanks to all of the supporters of the steelhead monitoring program! To view the story, visit http://scceh.com/steelhead/overview.  Also, check out http://scceh.com/steelhead.aspx for more information about steelhead monitoring in Santa Cruz County!

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