Tracking Restoration as it Happens
Just this morning, our team pushed some incredibly beneficial feature updates to the FieldDoc platform. With the support of National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Maryland Department of Natural Resources, we have launched Project and Site Summaries to all of our users working to track their restoration efforts on the ground. These enhanced analytics provide dynamic aggregations of nutrient and sediment reductions across any number of restoration sites as well as in aggregate for the entire restoration project.
FieldDoc’s strengths lie in the platform’s ability to aid its users in establishing the locations of restoration sites, and add best management practices (BMPs) to the proposed areas in which they would be working. The web based application also helps individuals track installation progress toward the proposed suite of BMPs while automatically estimating nutrient and sediment reductions along with other relevant metrics to restoration funders. Our version 1.2.5 update significantly enhances the analytical prowess of the platform by dynamically adding up all comparable metrics, nutrient, and sediment reductions at a restoration site as well as across all sites in a FieldDoc project.
Historically the user could only see reduction totals and metrics at the BMP level, but now even as a user documents progress toward project implementation, our helpful spark-lines and statistics indicate how far the project is from full implementation. These summaries provide both restoration funders and project implementers with transparent and intuitive information on where a project stands in the lifecycle of the grant. We’ve also included feature sets that allow prospective grantees to submit their proposed project directly to Maryland Department of Natural Resources or National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for review and possible funding.
This release also includes a site-wide update to our help documentation enabling FieldDoc users to easily access the latest information on how they can leverage the platform for their own organizational use as well as the grant proposal and submission processes. With the help of our project partners the updated help documentation provides all the technical information needed to get up and running quickly but also provides resources and best practices for tracking BMP implementation on a practice by practice basis. Currently FieldDoc consists of the following BMPs:
- Bank Stabilization
- Enhanced Stream Restoration
- Non-tidal Wetlands
- Forest Buffers
- Grass Buffers
- In-stream Habitat
- Livestock Exclusion
- Urban Homeowner
- Shoreline Management
In the upcoming weeks our team will be implementing a suite of “catch all” BMPs for Agriculture and Stormwater management that will bring FieldDoc into full alignment with all practices recognized by the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Modeling Work Group and the CAST Tool. We have also begun preparing for the necissary updates that will be required for the transition to Phase 6.
Version 1.2.5 of FieldDoc marks the first of many releases in 2017 that will continue to set a new standard for transparently documenting shovel ready restoration projects. As we continue to grow the number of restoration funders and implementers in the platform, we believe the leveraged system can scale leading to better data and unification around BMP reporting. This will provide a ground-up representation of where work is occurring to meet Bay restoration goals while ensuring the data can be leveraged by decision-makers.