Using Geo Apps to Facilitate a Community Stewardship Based Adopt A Channel Program
Unlike roadway, beach or park focused community stewardship programs which focus on areas that the public regularly access and utilize, the development and marketing of a flood control channel adoption program presented additional challenges. After initial meetings with potential Adopters it became apparent that although there was support for the overall objective of the program, removing trash and graffiti to keep our waterways clean and healthy, that businesses and volunteer groups were uncertain on the logistics and costs of cleaning a flood control channel and knew little about the flood channels in their area beyond those associated with a bike or community trail. In response, OC Public Works began an extensive data collection and compilation effort to gather relevant information on adoptable channel segments and share this information with potential Adopters. To help facilitate this effort OC Public Works staff utilized ArcGIS desktop software in conjunction with configurable geo-enabled app templates including ESRI’s story map, Geoform, and Web AppBuilder. Collected data comprised channel photos, access points, adjacent parking locations for volunteers, potential adoption recognition sign locations, levels of observed trash and graffiti, downstream receiving waters and even a calculated estimate of the annual costs of a Sponsored Adoption (adoption where Adopter pays for contractor to complete channel cleanup work on their behalf). The result was an interactive story map which provided potential adopters with the logistical information they required while presenting an awareness of flood control channels as an important resource within the watershed. Later additional functionality was added allowing Adopters to submit data via an online form the pounds of trash and square feet of graffiti removed and attach photos from their cleanup activities. Submitted data is then automatically linked and displayed via the story map. In the future it is envisioned that this data will mined to track channel improvements and as part compliance efforts related to new Statewide Trash Amendments.