NB_190_22_17 - NB 190-22-17 ECS – Highly Erodible Land (HEL) Conservation and Wetland Conservation Determination Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Reporting
NB 190-22-17 ECS – Highly Erodible Land (HEL) Conservation and Wetland Conservation Determination Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Reporting
National Bulletin: 190-22-17 Date: July 26, 2022
Subject: ECS – Highly Erodible Land (HEL) Conservation and Wetland Conservation Determination Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Reporting


                                            Action Required By:  September 30, 2022
 
Purpose.  To remind States of the Conservation Desktop (CD) Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Determination Tracking Tool (HELC/WC Tracking Tool) functionality and requirement to enter HEL and certified wetland determination (CWD) request information into the HELC/WC Tracking Tool for FY 2022. 
 
Expiration Date.  September 30, 2022
 
Background.  The Agricultural Act of 2014 requires USDA to provide Congress with detailed State-level information concerning HEL determination and CWD workload. The information required includes for both HEL determinations and CWD requests:

  • Number of requests
  • Number of completed requests
  • Number of incomplete requests
  • Number of incomplete requests that are greater than one year old since receipt by NRCS

National Bulletin 190-21-25 notified States of the requirement to enter HEL and CWD request information into the HELC/WC Tracking Tool for FY 2022 and provided options for accounting for determinations that were in process as of October 1, 2021. The HELC/WC Tracking Tool collects detailed HEL determination and CWD request workload data down to the county level, including the data required to complete the annual Congressional report. Reporting capabilities provide States with real time workload analysis to assist with monitoring the timely completion of requests.

A recent CD data analysis shows that national determination numbers are lower than expected this time of year, with some States’ showing less than ten percent of the previous five-year average for HELC/WC workload. The data also indicates an increased number of “outstanding greater than 1 year” HEL and WC requests than expected. States are reminded that for a determination request to be counted as complete, “Preliminary Determination Date” and “Date Preliminary Determination Sent” values must be entered in the HELC/WC Request Details screen.
 
Explanation.  State conservationists and directors of the Pacific Islands and Caribbean Areas must ensure their respective area’s basic HEL and CWD workload data is captured in the HELC/WC Tracking Tool for FY 2022. At a minimum, all HEL determination and CWD requests received in FY 2022 must be entered into the tool and all completed requests must be updated with a preliminary determination date and a preliminary determination sent date.

The tool allows requests and completions to be entered retroactively after a determination request is completed, however it is recommended to enter the requests and status changes in real time in order to utilize the tool’s workload tracking capabilities.

To account for the unique determination requests received prior to October 1, 2021, but not completed until after October 1, 2021, States have the option to either:

  1. Enter these unique requests retroactively into the tracking tool as they are completed (this is preferred).
  2. Account for these unique requests by completing the supplemental worksheet provided as attachment A to National Bulletin 190-21-25.

This ensures that no requests are missed as State’s transition to the tracking tool and that the FY 2022 Congressional report will be accurate.

Please notify David Manthei by September 30, 2022, that all required data has been entered into the HELC/WC Tracking Tool for your respective State/area. If needed, also submit your completed supplementary worksheet to David Manthei September 30, 2022.

HELC/WC Tracking Tool information and training materials are available at NRCS State, Field & Technical Staff - Conservation Desktop HELCWC Tracking Tool - All Documents (sharepoint.com). If needed, users are encouraged to test the Tool in the CD Training Environment prior to entering actual data in the CD Production Environment. 
 
Contact.  Questions about this content can be directed to David Manthei, Wetland and Highly Erodible Land Conservation Specialist, Ecological Sciences Division, at (817) 301-8659 or david.manthei@usda.gov.
 
 

 /s/

NOLLER HERBERT
Deputy Chief for Science and Technology

 
 

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