Based on feedback from an online survey earlier this year of EEP customers and stakeholders, the EEP Web site underwent a reconstruction process designed to improve the organization of information on the site. The survey, which drew about 100 respondents, highlighted these needs:
- General navigability. Nearly half of the respondents registered a belief that the existing site was below average in terms of ease of navigation.
- Easier access to staff-contact information.
- More intuitive links to EEP services (monitoring reports, forms, etc.).
The changes begin with the EEP Home Page. One of the four clickable “windowpanes” on the home page has been renamed Components & Services, and clicking on the window takes the visitor to a new directory of both EEP program sections and the services that EEP performs. You’ll also find a new color-coded map showing all active EEP projects on the Components & Services page. A new page also highlights the responsibilities of EEP's Administration Section.
The Contact EEP page, accessible from the home page on the left-side menu, includes a link to a newly designed EEP Staff Directory. The directory is divided into program sections, and links to listings of staff by geographic region are available on the Contact EEP page, the new staff directory and individual EEP program-section pages.
Following the Doing Business With EEP windowpane on the home page will take visitors to an expanded directory of choices, including new links to Full-Delivery contractor forms, Full Delivery awards by year and to a link for Monitoring Reports/Template. We’ve also reorganized the information on the Full Delivery Requests for Proposals page and the Designer Information page.
A wide-ranging overhaul of information included in the Watershed Planning section pages also took place, with a new tabular listing of Local Watershed plans by river basin now accompanies the existing clickable map to LWPs. Other changes came to Strategic Planning pages, where new information on the In-Lieu Fee mitigation programs and the Nutrient Offset program are featured. Also, the Project Implementation page includes a new link to a page devoted to dam removal as a mitigation tool, including project summaries and video links.
The News/Publications page has a new feature, Frequently Asked Questions About EEP. Also, the Resources page has been restructured, with a menu of topics at the top of the page taking visitors directly to their area of interest.
All of the changes are reflected in a newly designed site map, featuring more direct links to EEP’s many facets. Finally, the NCDENR Search Engine employed on the EEP site now includes a more prominent EEP search filter in the drop-down menu, making specific searches of EEP site content more intuitive for visitors.
EEP has plans for several more exciting updates to the site in the near future. As always, the initiative welcomes comments and feedback on the site via Eep.Web@ncmail.net.