Communicating your river restoration project using StoryMaps

Esri StoryMaps have grown greatly in popularity over the last few years. They offer an engaging way to present a “spatial story” – one where geographic relationships or distribution are key to the narrative. To produce one you only need a free Esri account and some basic IT skills as they are very easy to produce. As well as looking professional and being an effective form of communication they also have a “Wow” factor with functionality such as the swipe animation where two maps are placed over each other and users can swipe between the two maps. Despite being easy to produce technically there is a lot to learn in order to make great story maps.

What they can be used for: 

  • Telling a story where one or several maps are key to the narrative. For example, explaining the intermittent nature of a river by use of maps showing where it flowed on different dates.
  • Explaining how to use a complex, multi-layered map to understand a concept.
  • Telling the story of a journey or route, for example explaining features of a path along a river.

Example of a StoryMap: How healthy are our rivers (Rivers Trust)

This 1-day course will be presented using river restoration subject matter, and will cover river restoration specific design ideas such as how to:

  • Visualise rivers, weirs and catchments on maps
  • The use of photos of river restoration environments
  • Sources of hydrological GIS data

Find out more about StoryMaps.

The course is open to all practitioners with an interest in river restoration and mapping. The course is suitable for consultants, contractors, academics, catchment partners, and representatives from local authorities, local government and statutory agencies.

Find out more and register interest in this course:

River Habitat Survey App

RRC in collaboration with the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, have been working to create a new, free application to record River Habitat Survey (RHS) sites in the field, using your smartphone. It works on Android phones and tablets, and the simple interface makes it easy to input data similar to how you would have originally completed the paper form. Just work your way through the sections on the App, filling in information at each Spot Check, recording the number of riffles, pools and bars, before carrying out the Sweep Up assessment of the overall reach. The user can also take photographs to be added to the survey, and the data can be exported to the RHS Toolbox and RAPID2 software.

Download the RHS Mobile Android App (3.3 MB) : 

RHS App interface

RHS Natural Resources Wales analysis

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Natural Resources Wales, working with the River Restoration Centre and Bournemouth University, have recently published analysis of River Habitat Survey data from the repeat baseline survey in 2007-9 for six areas across Wales, allowing comparisons to be drawn in terms of levels of modifications and habitat quality. The analyses and indices from this report will be invaluable for Area Based Statements as well as providing evidence for our management and prioritisation of rivers. River restoration is a key priority for NRW and this report suggests a way forward for the assessment of restoration projects as well as modificaitions such as hydropower proposals.

Sue Hearn, Rivers Ecologist, Natural Resources Wales

View the report here

River Restoration Centre 19th Annual Network Conference 2018

Each year the River Restoration Centre (RRC) holds an Annual Network Conference that brings together professionals from all areas of river restoration including contractors, engineers, consultants, academics, and representatives from trusts, local organisations, and goverment agencies. The event is run over two days and includes around 50 speakers, workshop sessions and many other opportunities to network and make new contacts. Speakers present interesting, engaging presentations on their research or recent projects on current, hot topics.

For more information click here.