Voluntary restoration projects provide an avenue for community engagement, and education, while helping to improve local water quality. FieldDoc.io was created to make it easy for restoration professionals to set goals, track progress, and measure the success of their best management practices (BMPs). By documenting your work in FieldDoc.io, your organization gains real-time insight on the impact your effort has on the landscape, an elegant way to measure and track progress toward restoration goals, and a suite of interim metrics that indicate whether BMPs are succeeding.

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FieldDoc.io makes it easy to:

  1. Collaboratively manage and document the implementation of your organization’s restoration projects
  2. Map where your organization is working to restore water quality
  3. Plan, implement, and monitor best management practices (BMPs) associated with your restoration sites and projects
  4. Access and share real-time nutrient and sediment reduction estimates to your local waterways based on the latest Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model estimates

Your Restoration Effort in Context

Interacting with FieldDoc’s restoration project management tools ensures your organization’s on-the-ground progress will be made instantly available in a variety of open formats for grant reporting. The following restoration funders rely on FieldDoc to document the impact of their programs:

Estimate Nutrient Load Reductions

The FieldDoc Platform uses your project inputs to provide continuous estimates of nutrient and sediment reductions in accordance with the latest version of the Chesapeake Bay Program Watershed Model (Phase 5.3.2). Track reductions in your watershed based on planned BMP implementation as well as reduction to date.

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As the Chesapeake Bay Program continues to update and improve the model, our team integrates these changes into FieldDoc so that your load estimates are automatically updated

A Growing List of BMPs

In FieldDoc, users can choose from a variety of BMPs that relate to the on-the-ground work occurring as a result of their restoration project. These practices are commonly implemented across agricultural and urban landscapes and our system provides customized monitoring reports that can be used in assessing the success of the restoration site. As demand for other BMPs grows, our team will progressively expand the list of practices available for reporting. FieldDoc includes the following best management practices:

Practice Description
Bank Stabilization Bank stabilization practices seek to re-engineer sections of a river or stream to reduce erosion and further deposition of sediment and nutrients into the waterway.
Bioretention The process in which contaminants and sedimentation are removed from stormwater runoff. Stormwater is collected into the treatment area which consists of a grass buffer strip, sand bed, ponding area, organic layer or mulch layer, planting soil, and plants.
Enhanced Stream Restoration Enhanced Stream Restoration describes a set of activities that help improve the environmental health of a river or stream. These activities aim to restore the natural state and functioning of the river system in support of biodiversity, recreation, flood management and landscape development.
Forest Buffers Forest buffers are the trees, shrubs and other plants that grow next to streams and rivers. Forest buffers are also called riparian forests or streamside forests.
Grass Buffers A grass buffer is an area of land maintained in permanent vegetation that helps to control air, soil, and water quality, along with other environmental problems, dealing primarily on land that is used in agriculture.
In-stream Habitat In-Stream Habitat seeks to create a variety of structural enhancements that restore the natural habitat of target species within a river.
Livestock Exclusion Livestock exclusion or access control is the temporary or permanent exclusion of livestock from a designated area—often to protect streambanks, wetlands, woods, cropland, wildlife habitat or conservation buffers.
Urban Homeowner The Urban Homeowner BMP consists of a suite of enhancements that when installed can lead to filtration of stormwater and uptake of nutrients and sediment.
Shoreline Management Comprised of a combination of tidal wetland BMPs and living shorelines.
In-Stream Habitat Several practices intended to improve aquatic habitat for priority species like Eastern brook trout, river herring, native oysters, and black ducks.

FieldDoc Quick Start

If you are new to FieldDoc, this guide will provide a solid foundation for documenting on-the-ground restoration efforts with our system’s easy to use tools. We will progressively walk through each necessary step that will allow you and your team to get up and running in as little time as possible. If you need to dig in deeper be sure to consult the growing set of articles in our help documentation. Remember that for questions pertaining specifically to your grant, be sure to get in touch with your restoration funder’s project lead.

Register for an Account

Registering for an account allows you to access all of FieldDoc’s functionality from a web browser. Your new account will make it possible to save progress made on documenting a restoration project, mapping a restoration site, or implementing and tracking best management practices. To get started, follow the steps below:

1. Open your web browser and navigate to FieldDoc.org

2. In the top right corner, click on the Create Account button. This will bring you to FieldDoc’s registration page.

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3. Enter a valid email address, enter your first name and last name. Make sure you add an organization to your account and be sure to remember these credentials as they will be required to for future FieldDoc logins.

4. Click the green Create Account button and your new account will be created and you’ll be logged into the system.

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Create a Project

Projects in FieldDoc, allow for an easy way to manage and organize a variety of information related to your on-the-ground restoration work. To get started creating your first project it will be helpful to have the following information handy:

  • Your project name
  • The funder providing the grant (if applicable)
  • The grant program
  • A brief project description

With the right information close by, create a new project in the following three steps:

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2. You will be brought to the edit project page where you can enter the respective attributes that pertain to the work. These will include project name, funder, grant program, and a brief project description. Keep in mind you can add one or many organizations to the project.

3. When you’re finished adding your project information, click the green, save changes button (bottom left corner of the screen).

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Project Overview

The project overview page is a convenient way to gain a high level glance of nearly all components associated with your restoration work. Having just created a new project, you will find helpful information such as the title and summary, funder, grant program, and the date the project was last modified. You will be using the project overview page as a starting point to create your project sites, invite collaborators, submit your project to the funder, and edit your project’s supporting content should it change.

Notice some empty statistic boxes for nutrient and sediment reductions? As you add sites, plan, and install practices, these useful project summaries will help you track reductions and project implementation.

  • Edit - Allows you to manage content relevant to the project.
  • Collaborators - Enables you to invite other colleagues to help manage the project.
  • Create Site - Makes it easy to map the restoration sites where you are implementing best management practices.
  • Submit Project to Funder - Allows you to send your planned project to the funder you selected when you created the project. Don’t worry, you can always retract the submission.
  • Project Summaries - Are a an at-a-glance look at your planned nutrient and sediment reductions as well as status of project implementation across all sites and practices.
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Projects

Nearly all components of the FieldDoc Platform can be accessed by starting at the project overview page. The project overview page gives users a variety of avenues to share and document relevant information pertaining to their grant-funded restoration work. This section of FieldDoc provides high-level information such as the project title, project summary, and a tools menu for editing project content, inviting other users to collaborate, and submitting the project to a funder. The Project Overview also serves as a starting point for the creation and management of restoration sites. As you add restoration sites, plan and implement best management practices, the summary statistics will dynamically update to help you keep track of nutrient reductions as well as relevant metrics across all of your restoration sites and practices.

Add a new project

Adding a new project can be accomplished in a few clicks. In order to make sure that you can successfully complete all of the high level information associated with your project, we recommend you have the following information accessible:

  • Your project name
  • The funder providing the grant
  • The grant program
  • A brief project description
  • Your organization name and other organizations helping with the project

With the right information close by, create a new project in the following steps:

1. From the project list page click the green create project button located in the top right corner of your screen

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2. You will be brought to the edit project page where you can enter the respective attributes that pertain to your work. This will include project name, funder, grant program, and a brief project description. Make sure you add your organization or any other organization's you will be working to undertake the work.

3. When you’re finished adding your project information, click the green, save changes button (bottom left corner of the screen).

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4. Upon saving changes, you’ll be brought to the project overview page where you can add restoration sites, invite collaborators, and manage relevant information related to your project.

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Edit an existing project

Project information often changes and it’s important to be able to update your content related to restoration. In FieldDoc, users have the flexibility to edit and update information related to their specific projects. To get started, make sure you are logged in and follow these steps:

1. From the project list page, click on the title of the project you want to edit. This will bring you to the project overview page.

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2. When you arrive at the project overview page, locate and click on the edit link in the project’s tools menu.

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3. When you’re finished making your project changes, click the green, save changes button (bottom left corner of the screen).

Invite project collaborators

Sometimes it’s helpful to have a hand in managing and documenting your organization’s restoration work. When you have many projects, restoration sites, and best management practices to report on, share the load by inviting a collaborator. Login to get started and follow these steps:

1. From the project list page, click on the title of the project you want to edit. This will bring you to the project overview page.

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2. When you arrive at the project overview page, locate and click on the collaborators link in the project’s tools menu.

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3. You will now be on the collaborators page, where you can invite your colleague to participate in managing your project’s sites, practices, and BMP reports.

4. Begin typing the email address of the user you’d like to add to the project. If they are registered in the system, their email will appear in the dropdown list. It’s important to note that if you do not see their email in the system, that’s O.K. Type their full email into the box and click invite collaborators.

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Restoration Sites

FieldDoc allows users to manage and track the the locations of where they are working by creating restoration sites. Geo-referencing a restoration site can be done in a matter of minutes and enables your organization to attribute an explicit location and useful meta information with where your team is working. You can create as many restoration sites as applicable to your project and each of them will appear in the project sites section of the project overview page. With a new project site in place, you can then create, implement, and monitor various best management practices that are applicable to where you’re working.

Create a restoration site

In order to successfully add a restoration site to your FieldDoc Project, you will fill out supporting information with respect to the site and drop a pin on a map to mark the location. We recommend having the following Information readily available:

  • The name of your site
  • A description of your site
  • The nearest city
  • The county your site is in

With this info on hand, let’s create a restoration site.

1. From the project overview page click on the green create site button located in the top right corner. This will create a restoration site related to your project and will allow you to edit the new site’s content and location.

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2. Be sure to fill out the site’s name, description, nearest city, and the county. Note that when selecting a county, clicking the red, clear value link, will allow you to select a different county.

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2. Be sure to fill out the site’s name, description, nearest city, and the county. Note that when selecting a county, clicking the red, clear value link, will allow you to select a different county.

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3. Add a location by clicking the search for an address or city link and entering an address that is closest to your restoration site. FieldDoc will try and match the address you’ve typed with one in our system and you can click on one of the suggestions. Pan and zoom your map to get to the exact location of the area you are working.

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4. Move the map pin by clicking anywhere on the map, or by dragging the blue pin to where your site is located. Click save changes and you’re all set.

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Edit a restoration site

Once you have created a restoration site, you can always go back and edit the site attributes and even the location. This can happen when restoration professionals are filling out their project proposals and aren’t sure of the exact location that they will be working. Login and navigate to the project overview page to get started editing your restoration site.

1. From the project overview page, click on the title of the project site that you wish to edit. You will be brought to the site overview page for respective restoration site.

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2. Locate and click the edit link in the tools section of the site overview. You will be brought to edit site page where you can make your revisions.

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3. Once you have completed making your changes click the green save button at the bottom of the page. You can also delete the site all together.

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Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Best management practices or BMPs are a type of water pollution control that are applied to the landscape to reduce nutrients and sediments to local watersheds. In FieldDoc, users can choose from a variety of BMPs that relate to the on-the-ground work occurring as a result of their restoration project. These practices are commonly implemented across agricultural and urban landscapes and our system provides customized monitoring reports that can be used in assessing the success of the restoration site and the BMPs being implemented. FieldDoc organizes best management practices in two ways:

1. Allowing a user to create one or many BMPs to a restoration site

2. Create BMP specific reports related to the planning, installation, and monitoring phases of the project

By managing your BMPs at project sites you will be able to track nutrient and sediment reductions and generate near real-time reports related to your restoration project.

Create a practice

Adding a best management practice (BMP) can occur once you have successfully created a project and added a project site. To get started applying BMPs to your restoration site be sure to login to FieldDoc and make your way to the site overview page. This is achieved by clicking on the title of an existing restoration site from the project overview page.

1. From the site overview page of the restoration site you wish to add a practice to, click the green, create practice button located in the top right corner of the screen.

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2. You will be brought to the edit practice page where you can select from any of the available BMPs to apply to the landscape. Choose a BMP from the dropdown and click the green save button at the bottom of the page.

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3. After saving your new practice, you will be brought to the practice overview page where you can begin to add planning data or go back and edit the details associated with your practice.

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Edit a practice

As your team works to implement a specific best management practice, you will likely need to augment the description and even perform tasks such as adding installation and mature photos of your BMP. To make these tasks possible FieldDoc enables users to edit their best management practices from the practice overview page. To get started, login and navigate to the practice overview page of the BMP you wish to edit and follow these steps:

1. From the practice overview page, click the edit link under the tools menu. You will be brought to the edit project page.

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2. From the edit practice page make your necessary changes and be sure to click the green, save button, on the bottom left corner of the page. You can also delete the practice altogether.

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3. Upon saving a practice, your changes will be reflected in the practice overview page. If you delete the practice you will be sent back to the site overview for your respective restoration site.

Best Management Practice Reports

With a new best management practice added to a restoration site, various stages of implementation tracking and interim monitoring can be recorded in FieldDoc. Users can easily set planned implementation goals, provide installation reports toward those goals, and even leverage a set of BMP specific interim metrics that can help inform adaptive management if necessary. All along the way, our platform’s site and project summaries will document progress associated with nutrient reductions and relevant metrics as you install BMPs. Tracking and measuring BMPs at a restoration site occurs in three types of measurement periods:

BMP Measurment Periods

  1. Planning: Users provide various attributes pertaining to BMP specifications they plan to implement
  2. Installation: Users document progress toward reaching their planned goals
  3. Monitoring: Users document interim BMP specific metrics to assess BMP success during and after installation

Add a planning report

The planned measurement period enables FieldDoc users to quickly add baseline information about the best management practice they are going to implement. For example, if your team were to implement a grass buffer the planned measurement period allows you to specify baseline information such as planned width and length that serves as goals for the practice. This helps evaluate how far along your team is toward practice completion. Use the steps below to set goals with the planned monitoring report

1. From the practice overview page, locate and click the large green button labeled add planning data.

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2. You will be brought to the edit planning report page where you will need to document various attributes that are specific to the practice being implemented. Be sure to add some detailed notes at the bottom of the page and click the green button labeled, save changes.

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3. Upon saving your planning report, you will be directed to the practice overview page. By completing a few simple inputs related to your planned practice size, FieldDoc will automatically create a tracking report for your practice. This will include the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment reduction your planned practice will reduce to the edge of stream. FieldDoc will also keep track of your progress toward implementing your planned goals via installation reports.

Note: As your planned BMP report is created, your site and project summary statistics will update.

Add an installation report

Once a planned report has been added to a best management practice, users are able to log and track the progress they make toward BMP implementation. When you are back in the office from making headway on your environmentally focused restoration work, record your efforts with an installation report.

1. From the site overview page, click on the best management practice that you’d like to add an installation report to. Please note that before you fill out an installation report, your practice must have a previously completed planning report.

2. You will be brought to the best management practice’s summary page where you can view what’s been planned and your progress in achieving your implementation goals. Click the green button in the top right corner of the page labeled, add measurement data.

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3. Enter the date, select installation summary from the drop down, record your installation progress, and click save. It’s also important to ensure that you include notes with your installation report.

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4. When you click save (green button bottom right) you will be brought to the BMP summary page for your best management practice. Notice the new column with your installed data added. Your fields that include Installed To-Date, % of Planned, and Reduction To-Date will be automatically updated based on your inputs.

Note: As your BMP installation report is created, your site and project summary statistics will update.

Add a monitoring report

Late in the installation period and upon completion of implementing your best management practice, it’s important to monitor the success of the new BMP applied to your restoration site. With FieldDoc, users can leverage BMP specific monitoring reports that help gauge the success of your BMP and if adaptive management is required. The following steps will allow your team to use monitoring reports to better understand how your BMP is taking to the landscape

1. From the site overview page, click on the best management practice you’d like to add a monitoring report to. Note that you must have at completed a planning report prior to adding a monitoring report.

2. You will be brought to the summary page for your BMP. In the top right corner, click the green button labeled, add measurement data.

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3. Be sure to select the monitoring measurement period in the drop down. You will then be asked to fill out a variety of information related to Interim BMP Metrics, Adaptive Management Checks, and Notes. Click save at the bottom of the page.

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4. You will be routed back to the BMP Summary page where you can scroll down to view the new Interim BMP Metrics Data Report.

Edit a BMP report

Any of your planning, installation, and monitoring reports can be edited. To do so you will need to ensure you have browsed to the practice overview page of the report you’d like to modify and complete the following steps:

1. From the practice overview page identify the report you’d like to change by clicking on it’s date link. This will bring you to the report’s edit report view.

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2. Make your changes to the appropriate report from the edit page and click save changes. You can also delete the report.

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3. You will be redirected to the practice overview page where all the relevant metrics tied to your report will be updated.

Report Input Guidance by Practice

Restoration follows nature in that it doesn’t always fit in perfectly straight lines! Each BMP report for planning and installation requires a slightly differing set of inputs to ensure your nutrient and sediment reductions are properly estimated and tracked. We also ensure that the metrics are standardized throughout the platform on a practice by practice basis.

Based on FieldDoc’s algorithms we’ve included a helpful set of tables that consist of report fields and their definitions to help you easily input the necessary data to make our system work for you. As always if you need help please reach out.

Bank Stabilization

Vegetative stabilization on stream channel banks that may include grading and shaping of the bank to achieve proper slope and seeding conditions.

Field/Question Guidance
Report Date Enter the proposed start date for your grant.
WIP Reporting Agency Select the appropriate agency, given the jurisdiction in which you intend to work. If you are unsure of your jurisdiction or are proposing work in multiple jurisdictions, leave this field blank.
Length of Streambank Enter the length of your planned bank stabilization BMP.
Eroding Bank Height Enter the height of the eroding bank at the site under baseline conditions.
Eroding Bank Horizontal Width Enter the horizontal width of the eroding bank at the site under baseline conditions.
LER Evaluation Basis Select the method used to calculate lateral erosion rate.
Lateral Erosion Rate Enter the lateral erosion rate at your site under baseline conditions.
Soil Bulk Density Enter the estimated soil bulk density for the eroding bank. Information on estimated bulk densities for major soil types can be found here.
Soil N Content Enter the estimated soil nitrogen content for the eroding bank
Soil P Content Enter the estimated soil phosphorus content for the eroding bank.

Bioretention

A soil and plant-based stormwater control measure employed to capture and filter runoff.

Field/Question Guidance
Report Date Enter the proposed start date for your grant.
WIP Reporting Agency Select the appropriate agency, given the jurisdiction in which you intend to work. If you are unsure of your jurisdiction or are proposing work in multiple jurisdictions, leave this field blank.
Area Draining to the Practice (Impervious Area) If you have a known restoration site identified, enter the impervious area draining to the planned bioretention practice at that site. If you are instead using a representative site, enter the total impervious area draining to bioretention practices you plan to implement for the entire project.
Total Drainage Area If you have a known restoration site identified, enter the impervious area draining to the planned bioretention practice at that site. If you are instead using a representative site, enter the total area draining to bioretention practices you plan to implement for the entire project.
Rainfall Depth Treated Enter the depth of rainfall treated by the planned bioretention practice(s).
Practice Area If you have a known restoration site identified, enter the total area of the bioretention practice. If you are instead using a representative site, enter the total area of bioretention practices you plan to implement for the entire project.

Enhanced Stream Restoration

Engineering approaches to mimic natural conditions, improve nutrient cycling, and/or improve connections with the floodplain.

For the Enhanced Stream Restoration BMP, data on both baseline site conditions and planned restoration activities must be provided to generate load reduction calculations. On the “Practice Overview” page, click “Add Measurement Data” to begin adding data on baseline site conditions.

Baseline Condition

Field/Question Guidance
Report Date Enter the proposed start date for your grant.
WIP Reporting Agency Select the appropriate agency, given the jurisdiction in which you intend to work. If you are unsure of your jurisdiction or are proposing work in multiple jurisdictions, leave this field blank.
Stream Width at Bankfull Enter the stream width at bankfull under baseline conditions.
Stream Width at Mean Base Flow Enter the stream width at mean base flow under baseline conditions.
Project Left Bank Height Enter the left bank height at the site under baseline conditions.
Left Bankfull Height Enter the left bankfull height at the site under baseline conditions.
Project Right Bank Height Enter the right bank height at the site under baseline conditions.
Right Bankfull Height Enter the right bankfull height at the site under baseline conditions.
Bulk Density of Soil in Hyporheic Zone Enter the bulk density of soil in the hyporheic zone. Information on estimated bulk densities for major soil types can be found here
Fraction of Runoff Carried in the Channel Enter the fraction of runoff treated in the channel under baseline conditions.
Fraction of Runoff Treated in the Floodplain Enter the fraction of runoff treated in the floodplain under baseline conditions.

Planned Condition

Field/Question Guidance
Report Date Enter the proposed start date for your grant.
WIP Reporting Agency Select the appropriate agency, given the jurisdiction in which you intend to work. If you are unsure of your jurisdiction or are proposing work in multiple jurisdictions, leave this field blank.
Stream Width at Bankfull Enter the stream width at bankfull under baseline conditions.
Stream Width at Mean Base Flow Enter the stream width at mean base flow under baseline conditions.
Project Left Bank Height Enter the left bank height at the site under baseline conditions.
Left Bankfull Height Enter the left bankfull height at the site under baseline conditions.
Project Right Bank Height Enter the right bank height at the site under baseline conditions.
Right Bankfull Height Enter the right bankfull height at the site under baseline conditions.
Bulk Density of Soil in Hyporheic Zone Enter the bulk density of soil in the hyporheic zone. Information on estimated bulk densities for major soil types can be found here
Stream Length Reconnected at Floodplain Enter the fraction of runoff treated in the channel
Fraction of Runoff Treated in the Floodplain Enter the fraction of runoff treated in the floodplain
Fraction of Runoff Treated in the Floodplain Enter the fraction of runoff treated in the floodplain
Connected Floodplain Surface Area Enter the surface area of floodplain connected through the planned restoration.
Watershed Impervious Area Enter the watershed impervious area draining to the site.
Watershed Pervious Area Enter the watershed pervious area draining to the site.
Fraction of Runoff Carried in the Channel Enter the fraction of runoff treated in the channel after the planned restoration.
Fraction of Runoff Treated in the Floodplain Enter the fraction of runoff treated in the floodplain after the planned restoration.

Non-Tidal Wetlands

Manipulation of the physical, chemical, or biological characteristics present to develop a wetland that did not previously exist or return natural/historic functions to a former wetland.

Field/Question Guidance
Report Date Enter the proposed start date for your grant.
WIP Reporting Agency Select the appropriate agency, given the jurisdiction in which you intend to work. If you are unsure of your jurisdiction or are proposing work in multiple jurisdictions, leave this field blank.
Total Wetland Surface Area Enter the total acreage of wetlands surface area to be created or restored at the site. Note that each site may include up to four individual wetlands creation or restoration practices.
Type of Non-Tidal Wetlands Project For each individual wetlands practice at the site, select the type of wetlands practice.
Upland Land Use For each individual wetlands practice at the site, select the land use directly upland from your planned wetland(s). If you are using a representative restoration site(s), please provide your best estimate for a representative site. Information on land use definitiations used in FieldDoc.org can be found here. For the purposes of modeling nutrient and sediment load reductions, each BMP may only be applied to a limited set of land uses.
Acres For each individual wetlands practice at the site, enter the total upland acres draining to the practice.

Forest Buffer

A wooded buffer zone along streams for protection and filtering action from surrounding land.

Field/Question Guidance
Report Date Enter the proposed start date for your grant.
WIP Reporting Agency Select the appropriate agency, given the jurisdiction in which you intend to work. If you are unsure of your jurisdiction or are proposing work in multiple jurisdictions, leave this field blank.
Existing Land Use* Select the existing land use for the planned forest buffer(s). If you are using a representative restoration site(s), please provide your best estimate for a representative site.
Upland Land Use* Select the land use directly upland from your planned forest buffer(s). If you are using a representative restoration site(s), please provide your best estimate for a representative site.
Length of Buffer If you have a known restoration site, enter the length of your planned buffer at that site. If you are using a single representative restoration site, enter the total length of buffer you plan to implement for the entire project. If you are using multiple representative restoration sites, the total length of buffer across all sites should equal the total length you plan to implement for the entire project.
Average Buffer Width If you have a known restoration site, enter the average width of your planned buffer at that site. If you are using a representative restoration site(s), enter the average width of buffer you plan to implement for the entire project.
Number of Trees Planted Estimate the total number of trees planted in your planned buffer(s

* Information on land use definitiations used in FieldDoc.org can be found here. For the purposes of modeling nutrient and sediment load reductions, each BMP may only be applied to a limited set of land uses.

Grass Buffer

Vegetative buffers that are located along the banks of water courses to filter runoff, anchor soil particles, and protect banks against scour and erosion

Field/Question Guidance
Report Date Enter the proposed start date for your grant.
WIP Reporting Agency Select the appropriate agency, given the jurisdiction in which you intend to work. If you are unsure of your jurisdiction or are proposing work in multiple jurisdictions, leave this field blank.
Existing Land Use* Select the existing land use for the planned forest buffer(s). If you are using a representative restoration site(s), please provide your best estimate for a representative site.
Upland Land Use* Select the land use directly upland from your planned forest buffer(s). If you are using a representative restoration site(s), please provide your best estimate for a representative site.
Length of Buffer If you have a known restoration site, enter the length of your planned buffer at that site. If you are using a single representative restoration site, enter the total length of buffer you plan to implement for the entire project. If you are using multiple representative restoration sites, the total length of buffer across all sites should equal the total length you plan to implement for the entire project.
Average Buffer Width If you have a known restoration site, enter the average width of your planned buffer at that site. If you are using a representative restoration site(s), enter the average width of buffer you plan to implement for the entire project.
Number of Trees Planted Estimate the total number of trees planted in your planned buffer(s)

* Information on land use definitiations used in FieldDoc.org can be found here. For the purposes of modeling nutrient and sediment load reductions, each BMP may only be applied to a limited set of land uses.

In-Stream Habitat

Several practices intended to improve aquatic habitat for priority species like Eastern brook trout, river herring, native oysters, and black ducks.

Field/Question Guidance
Report Date Enter the proposed start date for your grant.
WIP Reporting Agency Select the appropriate agency, given the jurisdiction in which you intend to work. If you are unsure of your jurisdiction or are proposing work in multiple jurisdictions, leave this field blank.
Type of Structural Feature Select the type of structural habitat improvement feature(s) you plan to implement.
Units Enter the unit of each structural habitat improvement feature(s) you plan to implement (for example if you are measuring in feet, type "feet")
Extent Enter the extent of each structural habitat improvement feature(s) you plan to implement.
Acres Protected Under Long-term Easement Enter the number of acres you plan to protect under long-term easement at the site.
Habitat Restoration Target Species (1) Identify the primary species targeted for habitat restoration.
Habitat Restoration Target Species (2) Identify the secondary species targeted for habitat restoration.
Acres of Habitat Restored Enter the number of acres of habitat you plan to restore at the site.
Acres of Wetlands Restored Enter the number of acres of wetland you plan to restore at the site.
Miles of Living Shoreline Restored Enter the number of miles of living shoreline you plan to restore at the site.
Miles of Stream Opened Enter the number of stream miles you plan to open for improved fish passage.
Acres of Oyster Habitat Restored Enter the number of acres of oyster reef you plan to restore.
Fish Passage Improvements Enter the number of fish passage barriers you plan to rectify and an estimate of the number of fish for targeted species that will move past existing barriers.
Eastern Brook Trout Enter the number of watersheds in which you plan to reintroduce Eastern brook trout and the number of habitat units improved through planned restoration efforts.

Livestock Exclusion

A system of structural and/or management practices that reduces direct deposition of livestock manure in stream, including stream exclusion fencing at minimum.

Field/Question Guidance
Report Date Enter the proposed start date for your grant.
WIP Reporting Agency Select the appropriate agency, given the jurisdiction in which you intend to work. If you are unsure of your jurisdiction or are proposing work in multiple jurisdictions, leave this field blank.
Existing Land Use* Select the existing land use for the planned forest buffer(s). If you are using a representative restoration site(s), please provide your best estimate for a representative site.
Upland Land Use* Select the land use directly upland from your planned forest buffer(s). If you are using a representative restoration site(s), please provide your best estimate for a representative site.
Type of Livestock Enter the type of livestock that will be excluded from the stream. If you are using a representative restoration site(s), please provide your best estimate.
Number of Livestock Enter the number of livestock that will be excluded from the stream. If you are using a single representative restoration site, please provide your best estimate. If you are using multiple representative restoration sites, the total number of livestock should equal the total number you plan to exclude for the entire project.
Average Weight Enter the average weight of livestock that will be excluded from the stream. If you are using a representative restoration site(s), please provide your best estimate.
Length of Stream with Livestock Access Enter the length of stream with livestock access under the baseline condition. If you are using a single representative restoration site, please estimate the length of stream with livestock access for the entire project.
Average Buffer Width Enter the average forest or grass buffer width that will be fenced. If you are using a representative restoration site(s), please provide your best estimate.
Buffer Type Enter the type of buffer that you plan to implement in the fenced area. If you are using a representative restoration site(s), please provide your best estimate.
Length of Fencing to be Installed If you have a known restoration site identified, enter the length of your fencing to be installed at that site. If you are using a single representative restoration site, enter the total length of fencing you plan to install for the entire project. If you are using multiple representative restoration sites, the total length of fencing to be installed across all sites should equal the total length you plan to implement for the entire project.
Stream Access (days/month) Enter the days livestock have access to the stream under baseline conditions. If you are using a representative restoration site(s), please provide your best estimate.
Stream Access (hours/day) Enter the hours per days for each month that livestock have access to the stream under baseline conditions. If you are using a representative restoration site(s), please provide your best estimate.

* Information on land use definitiations used in FieldDoc.org can be found here. For the purposes of modeling nutrient and sediment load reductions, each BMP may only be applied to a limited set of land uses.

Urban Homeowner

A collection for several low-impact design stormwater control measures including rain gardens, permeable pavement, downspout disconnection, urban nutrient management, conservation landscaping, tree planting, and impervious surface removal. The Urban Homeowner BMP can be applied at the residential, commercial, or industrial site scale.

Field/Question Guidance
Report Date Enter the proposed start date for your grant.
WIP Reporting Agency Select the appropriate agency, given the jurisdiction in which you intend to work. If you are unsure of your jurisdiction or are proposing work in multiple jurisdictions, leave this field blank.
Type Urban Homeowner Certification Select any relevant stormwater certification programs you intend to use for your project. If none apply or the program you intend to use is not listed, please select “Homeowner (self)”.
Rain Garden Enter the drainage area treated by rain gardens you plan to install at the site. If you are using a single representative restoration site, enter the drainage area treated by rain gardens you plan to install for the entire project area. If you are using multiple representative restoration sites, the total drainage area treated by rain gardens across all sites should equal the total length you plan to implement for the entire project.
Rain Barrel Enter the drainage area treated by rain barrels you plan to install at the site. If you are using a single representative restoration site, enter the drainage area treated by rain barrels you plan to install for the entire project area. If you are using multiple representative restoration sites, the total drainage area treated by rain barrels across all sites should equal the total length you plan to implement for the entire project.
Permeable Pavement Enter the area of permeable pavement you plan to install at the site. If you are using a single representative restoration site, enter the area of permeable pavement you plan to install for the entire project area. If you are using multiple representative restoration sites, the total area of pervious pavement to be installed across all sites should equal the total area you plan to install for the entire project.
Downspout Disconnection Enter the area draining to downspouts you plan to disconnect at the site. If you are using a single representative restoration site, enter the area draining to downspouts you plan to disconnect for the entire project area. If you are using multiple representative restoration sites, the area draining to downspouts you plan to disconnect across all sites should equal the total area draining to downspouts you plan to disconnect for the entire project.
UNM Pledge Enter the area under urban nutrient management you plan to implement at the site. If you are using a single representative restoration site, enter the area under urban nutrient management you plan to implement for the entire project area. If you are using multiple representative restoration sites, the total area of under urban nutrient management across all sites should equal the total area you plan to implement for the entire project.
UNM Pledge, High Risk Enter the high risk area under urban nutrient management you plan to implement at the site. If you are using a single representative restoration site, enter the high risk area under urban nutrient management you plan to implement for the entire project area. If you are using multiple representative restoration sites, the total high risk area of under urban nutrient management across all sites should equal the total area you plan to implement for the entire project.
Conservation Landscaping Enter the area of conservation landscaping you plan to install at the site. If you are using a single representative restoration site, enter the area of conservation landscaping you plan to install for the entire project area. If you are using multiple representative restoration sites, the total area of conservation landscaping you plan to implement across all sites should equal the total area you plan to implement for the entire project.
Tree Planting Enter the area of tree planting you plan to install at the site. If you are using a single representative restoration site, enter the area of tree planting you plan to install for the entire project area. If you are using multiple representative restoration sites, the total area of tree planting you plan to implement across all sites should equal the total area you plan to implement for the entire project.
Impervious Surface Removal Enter the area of impervious surface you plan to remove at the site. If you are using a single representative restoration site, enter the area of impervious surface you plan to remove for the entire project area. If you are using multiple representative restoration sites, the total area of impervious surface you plan to remove across all sites should equal the total area you plan to remove for the entire project.

Shoreline Management

Comprised of a combination of tidal wetland BMPs and living shorelines.

Field/Question Guidance
Report Date Enter the proposed start date for your grant.
WIP Reporting Agency Select the appropriate agency, given the jurisdiction in which you intend to work. If you are unsure of your jurisdiction or are proposing work in multiple jurisdictions, leave this field blank.
Length of Living Shoreline Restored Enter the total length of living shoreline you plan to install in feet.
Existing Average Bank Height Enter the existing average bank height of the project area in feet.
Existing Shoreline Recession Rate (SRR; ft/yr) Enter the rate of existing shoreline recession in feet per year. Rates can be selected from from Virginia’s Shoreline Evolution Reports (source); Maryland's Shoreline Change Maps for Tidewater Maryland (source); or measure in field. Document method used under Notes
Soil Bulk Density (SBD; lbs/ft3) Enter the soil bulk density in lbs per square foot. If measured in field, please provide details under Notes. If field measurement is not feasible, please use the default value of 93.6 lbs/ft3
Sand Reduction Factor (SRF) The default values of SRF by state are: 0.337 (VA) and 0.551 (MD, DC, DE) from WTWG, 2015; or can be based on site-specific measurements with details provided under Notes. Installed project must meet structural criteria 3 and 4 below, otherwise use BIR
Bank Instability Reduction Factor (BIR), if applicable If relevant, please include the bank instability reduction factor. Default value is set to 1
Existing Area of Tidal Wetlands (acres) Please enter the existing area of tidal wetlands (acres).
Acres of Planted or Replanted Tidal Wetlands Enter in acres the total amount of planted or replanted tidal wetlands
Type of Tidal Wetlands Project Please select the type of tidal wetland project from the dropdown. Selections include Creation, Restoration, or Enhancement.
Load Reductions Please ensure load reduction protocol rates are set to the appropriate rate for your BMP. Defaults are provided in the event that you do not have load reduction protocol rates.

Other Agricultural Practices

Other Agricultural Practices serves as a “catch all” best management practice (BMP) that can be applied to your restoration site to estimate nutrient and sediment reductions. The BMP consist of over 113 practices that can be actively planned and installed to FieldDoc projects.

Field/Question Guidance
Report Date Enter the proposed start date for your grant.
WIP Reporting Agency Select the appropriate agency, given the jurisdiction in which you intend to work. If you are unsure of your jurisdiction or are proposing work in multiple jurisdictions, leave this field blank.
Landuse* Select the appropriate land use associated with the latest Bay model unit area load efficiencies. To specify your own unit area loads model, select “custom unit area loads.” You will be prompted to enter the source of your model as well as the appropriate nutrient and sediment reduction efficiencies.
Practices and Efficiencies Select the appropriate practice for application to your restoration site. For full BMP definitions, efficiencies, and input guidance please access the following Chesapeake Bay Program documentation.
Installation Summary Please include in acres, the extent of the practice.

* Information on land use definitiations used in FieldDoc.org can be found here. For the purposes of modeling nutrient and sediment load reductions, each BMP may only be applied to a limited set of land uses.