NB_190_21_16 - NB 190-21-16 ECS – Highly Erodible Land and Certified Wetland Determination Workload Requests
NB 190-21-16 ECS – Highly Erodible Land and Certified Wetland Determination Workload Requests
National Bulletin: 190-21-16 Date: May 18, 2021
Subject: ECS – Highly Erodible Land and Certified Wetland Determination Workload Requests


Action Required By:  October 1, 2021
 
Purpose.  To request detailed State-level information about the workload associated with highly erodible land (HEL) and certified wetland determination (CWD) requests for fiscal year (FY) 2021.  
 
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2121  
 
Background.  The Agricultural Act of 2014 requires USDA to provide Congress with detailed State-level information concerning HEL and CWD workload. The FY 2020 report submitted to Congress is provided as Attachment A.
 

Explanation.  State conservationists and directors of the Pacific Islands and Caribbean Areas must report their respective area’s HEL and CWD workload.

To provide an accurate assessment of this workload, each State or area is to populate the attached spreadsheet (CPA HEL and Wetland Determination Workload 2021) with the following information for FY 2021. No changes have been made to the prior year’s reporting requirements.

• Number of requests for and the number of completed HEL determinations
• Number of incomplete HEL determination requests
• Number of incomplete HEL determination requests that are greater than 1 year old since receipt by NRCS
• Number of requests for and the number of completed CWD’s
• Number of incomplete CWD requests
• Number of incomplete CWD requests that are greater than 1 year old since receipt by NRCS

Please submit your completed spreadsheet to Jason Outlaw by October 1, 2021.

The initial phase of the Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Determination Tracking Tool (HELC/WC Tracking Tool) is available in Conservation Desktop (CD), and additional functionality will be deployed in the 4th quarter of FY 2021. Currently, the Tool can be used to enter determination requests, document and update appeal status, run reports and provide the data required by this bulletin. By mid-August 2021 the additional functionality will enable the tying of requests geospatially to a determination request layer, provide customization of the document management system to allow storage of determination documents, and provide additional functional enhancements. Use of the HELC/WC Tracking Tool is optional for FY 2021 but is expected to become mandatory next fiscal year. The Comprehensive Users’ Manual is attached to this bulletin and a training video “HELC/WC Module Demo” has been posted for NRCS use, both covering existing functionality in CD. These materials are identical to those distributed by national bulletin 190-20-10 in February of 2020, but additions will be made as new functionality is released. Users are encouraged to test the Tool in the CD Training Environment prior to entering actual data in the CD Production Environment. Below is the link for the current training video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMfdcN0tFbo&feature=youtu.be

When ready, additional training materials will be made available on the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation page of the NRCS State, Field, and Technical Staff SharePoint site at https://usdagcc.sharepoint.com/sites/nrcs/intranet/SitePages/Home.aspx.      

 
Contact.  Questions about this content can be directed to Jason Outlaw, National Leader for Wetland and Highly Erodible Land Conservation, Ecological Sciences Division, at (202) 720-7838 or jason.outlaw@usda.gov.     
 
 

 /s/

DIANE GELBURD
Deputy Chief for Science and Technology 
 
 

Attachment A – FY 2020 HEL/CWD Congressional Determination Report

Attachment B - HEL/Certified Wetland Determination Workload 2021 Worksheet

Attachment C - HELC/WC CD Comprehensive User Manual – December 2019

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