Practices refer to the on-the-ground restoration work you will complete through the life cycle of the proposed, or funded, project. You can enter practices within specific Sites or you can create your practices independent of sites.
Important: If your project will be installing the same practices at multiple locations, you will need to create a practice tile for each installation location.
Background: Calculating estimated reductions in Practices
FieldDoc calculates the estimated reductions for Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Total Suspended solids within each practice. Most models that FieldDoc uses to calculate reductions almost use the following inputs to calculate the estimated reductions:
- Practice Type
- Practice Location
- Extent of the practice geometry
As you enter information into each of the Practice components, FieldDoc is working behind the scenes to calculate your estimated reductions. By the end of the setup for each practice the system will provide you with the estimated reduction outputs.
1. Create a Practice
On the Edit Practice page you will enter in general information and start to calculate your reductions. Click on the link at the top to view a full list of practice types available via your selected Grant Program.
Practice Name: This is not tied to anything but is useful as a quick reference to you and your team. If you are installing the same practice at multiple locations, make sure to differentiate the practice name to reduce confusion.
Practice Description: Useful field for giving more detailed information about the practice.
Practice Type: Refer to link above to see all available practices in the Grant Program.
Practice Type Tips:
- Make sure that you have assigned your project to a Grant Program before attempting to add a Practice Type. The Grant Program determine which practice types are available for selection and the relevant pollution reduction models, if applicable.
- You cannot create your own practice type, you must choose from the available list. The practice type is a critical component that is used to calculate any available pollution reduction models.
- Practice Types added manually from the Practice Type page available on the left hand banner will not appear in your drop down list if your project is assigned to a grant program. No manually created practice types will be tied to automated reduction calculations.
Site: All practices need this field populated. If you added sites to your project, you can select from the available sites. For practices not associated with a site, select None - this Practice is not associated with a Site.
Privacy: Private practices and relevant metrics will not appear on dashboards. Program managers for the assigned grant program will still be able to see the locations.
Click the green check mark to save your work.
2. Add Practice Location
Next stop on the Practice Creation Journey is to add the practice location. Refer to the Practice Type description for instructions on what type of geometry to use (point, line, or polygon) and what your practice location footprint should delineate (footprint or drainage basin). Remember to click save before leaving this page.
3. Confirm Extent and Define Targets
Click on the metrics icon to finalize your modeled reductions and add in all targets at the practice level.
There is a lot of information to navigate on this page, let's look through it all.
FieldDoc generates the footprint of the practice based on the geometry that you inputted on the edit location page. Often, the pollution reduction models use the area of that practice footprint as an input into the algorithm. Often, but not always. The system will indicate what sort of geometry is necessary for your selected practice. Under the Practice Extent heading you can override the extent pulled from the geometry and location by entering in a custom extent. If your geometry is accurate, leave this field blank.
Any practices that require additional or alternative inputs in order to calculate reductions will have a link here where you can enter that information. If you are interested in learning more about the models, links to background documentation is also available here for your edification.
Add any manual metrics that are associated with this specific practice here. You may only add metrics that are included in the list.
Important Tip: If you want to enter in custom reductions, select the following metrics:
- Pounds of total nitrogen reduced (custom)
- Pounds of total phosphorus reduced (custom)
- Tons of total suspended solids reduced (custom)
The estimated reductions will appear here once the system has completed the calculations. These fields are not editable by you. For any metrics that you added manually, for instance # of trees planted, enter in the target you intend to reach by the completion of the project.
Important Tip: Remember to tap the gray check mark to save your work.