Making BMP Tracking More Flexible in FieldDoc

We’ve launched yet another best management practice module into the FieldDoc Platform. Working with our partners at National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Maryland Department of Natural Resources, our team has deployed the Custom Best Management Practice (BMP) which allows FieldDoc users to effortlessly map and track implementation across hundreds of practices.

The Custom BMP functions as a suite of actions that one can apply to a given restoration site in the platform. Any user putting this module to work can define explicit locations for each practice and instantly set pre-project goals that can be tracked during implementation. The module allows for practice name selection or if one is implementing a practice that that falls outside of the existing FieldDoc list, a user can specify their own. At the BMP Report level, users can also define their own tracking metrics that they feel can best quantify the success of their work. Similarly to the other BMP modules in FieldDoc, the platform’s site and project summaries will aggregate and track implementation progress as it’s entered.

Our goal with this highly flexible Custom BMP, is to enable our users to methodically track their restoration work even if it is not directly credited to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model. By building on a unified platform that is flexible and provides incentive for managing restoration project information, we believe this will result in better data on the status and inventory of practices that are improving Bay water quality. The Custom BMP is the first of many updates that will position FieldDoc users to manage and track the status of all of their restoration work from a single place.

Stay tuned as our flexible project tracking is only scratching the surface of where we plan to go. We have new partnerships on the horizon that will bring precision conservation and prioritization directly into the FieldDoc platform so that we can redefine how we decide where to work and together, track progress toward water quality improvement.