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E-Gov: Best Practices


State environmental agencies vary in the scope of their jurisdiction, but most have used the Web for publishing basic information on such topics as air and water pollution. States also have used the Web for publication of profiles of state parks; provided online licensing for fishermen and hunters; and highlighted special environmental problems or resources, including endangered species and plants.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Probably the best overall state government environmental site, both in design and content. Of special interest are the Environmental Problem Solving profiles of case studies on how the Department worked to confront problems like the unlawful creation of beaches, accompanied by a contact list of problem-solving consultants on various issues; an e-newsletters gateway giving quick access to newsletters published by individual programs; and online regional maps for exploration of Florida greenways and trails.

Delaware Environmental Navigator
Interactive mapping of over 8000 sites allows the user to create a custom map or zoom to a location of interest and access site-specific information. It provides graphic answers to questions such as "What regulated facilities are near my home?" or "Are there any historic buildings near a planned development?" or "Where are the parks in my county?"

New Hampshire "One-Stop" Environmental Site Search
Single page allows quick searches by town for key information on hazardous waste sites, air and water pollution, other environmental problems.

Delaware Environmental Navigator
Interesting example of a site designed to highlight a specific problem posted by The Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The Equus Beds Information Resource web provides information regarding both actual and potential groundwater contamination concerns related to the equus beds groundwater aquifer located north of Wichita. Information is published in a variety of formats, including narratives describing potential contamination sources; searchable databases; and custom maps where water resources, population centers and other information can be overlain with the various potential sources.

Wisconsin-Air Management Program
One of the most comprehensive air quality sites, including access to real-time monitoring maps and a diverse range of other resources on current and past air quality.

Minnesota-SEEK Interactive Directory of Environmental Education Resources
A searchable collection of resources provided by the state and nonprofit organizations including curricula, software, speakers, videos, posters, and other tools used in the education process about the environment.

Washington State 'Nature Greets Technology' Web Design Contest
Sponsored by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Department of Information Services, the "Nature Greets Technology" Web site contest offers prizes for the best-designed student Web sites on themes like fighting forest fires and conserving water. The contest is open to students in Washington aged 9 through 19.