EVS Assists DOE in Developing Collaborative GIS Tools Supporting NEPA-Related Activities
DOEs Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance has tapped into EVSs Geographic Information System (GIS) and open-source software development expertise to help develop and launch an innovative pilot website, NEPAnode. The new site is designed to assist DOE with environmental reviews and permitting related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The NEPAnode site allows users to upload, style, and edit geographic data and use the data in collaboration with other agencies, stakeholders, and members of the public. Project-specific data (site maps, surveys, studies, engineering designs, etc.) and reference data can be uploaded through an “Explore Layers” function and combined for analysis in “Explore Maps.” Maps can be created and maintained on the site and posted on any other website. NEPAnode also allows users to download data directly or link to it as a data and metadata service or feed, through open-standard interfaces and formats.
NEPAnode is based completely on open-source software standards and is hosted on the Amazon cloud. The site leverages EVSs extensive NEPA and GIS experience and its growing portfolio of open-source-based Web portals that provide users with access to rich, complex spatial data sets and models via intuitive, customized user interfaces.
DOEs Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance ensures that the Departments proposed actions comply with NEPA requirements and related environmental review requirements. GIS tools like NEPAnode are critical to this work. NEPAnode is available to federal staff and contractors implementing DOEs NEPA-related activities.