NB_190_23_1 - NB 190-23-1 ECS – Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Determination Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Reporting
NB 190-23-1 ECS – Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Determination Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Reporting
National Bulletin: 190-23-1  
Date: November 17, 2022
Subject: ECS – Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Determination Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Reporting 


Action Required By:   September 30, 2023  
 
Purpose.   This national bulletin notifies states of the requirement to enter highly erodible land (HEL) and certified wetland determination (CWD) request information into the Conservation Desktop (CD) Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Determination Tracking Tool (HELC/WC Tracking Tool) for FY 2023 and the requirement to enter all data related to HEL and CWD preliminary appeals into the HELC/WC Tracking Tool.     
 
Expiration Date.   September 30, 2023  
 
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 for both HEL determinations and CWD requests includes:

  • Number of requests
  • Number of completed requests
  • Number of incomplete requests
  • Number of incomplete requests over 1 year old since receipt by NRCS

States must enter HEL and CWD request information, including all HEL and CWD preliminary appeals (reconsideration or mediation), into the HELC/WC Tracking Tool for FY 2023.  The requirement to enter all HEL and CWD preliminary appeals is new for FY 2023.

The HELC/WC Tracking Tool collects detailed HEL determination and CWD request workload data down to the county level, including data required for the annual Congressional report. The tool provides states with real time workload analysis to facilitate the timely completion of requests and appeals. In order for a determination request to be considered complete, the HELC/WC Request Details screen must have the “Preliminary Determination Date” and “Date Preliminary Determination Sent” values filled.

Starting in FY 2023, NRCS will begin collecting information on preliminary appeals (appeal type, status, and age of appeal) at the national level. In order for an appeal to be considered complete, the “Appeal Details” dialog box must have the appeal status set to “Completed” and the “Assigned To,” “Final Certification Date,” and “Final Determination Sent” values filled. Only appeals of determination requests received in FY 2023 are required to be tracked in the tool. It is not required to complete all appeals of FY 2023 determinations by the end of the fiscal year.

   
 
Explanation. 

State conservationists and directors of the Pacific Islands and Caribbean Areas must ensure their respective area’s basic HEL and CWD workload data, including data related to respective preliminary appeals, is captured in the HELC/WC Tracking Tool for FY 2023. At a minimum, they must ensure that all HEL determination and CWD requests received in FY 2023 are entered, all completed requests are updated with a preliminary determination date and a preliminary determination sent date, and all appeals of FY 2023 determinations are tracked by entering and updating “Appeal Details” as preliminary appeals are initiated and completed.

The tool allows retroactive entry of requests and completions after a determination request is completed. However, it is recommended to enter the requests and status changes in real time to use the tool’s workload tracking capabilities.

Please enter all required data in the HELC/WC Tracking Tool for your respective state or area and notify David Manthei once your entry is complete by September 30, 2023.

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). Users are encouraged to test the tool in the CD Training Environment before entering actual data in the CD Production Environment.

   
 
Contact.  

Direct questions about this bulletin to David Manthei, National Wetland and Highly Erodible Land Conservation Specialist, at (817) 301-8659 or david.manthei@usda.gov.

    
 
 

 /s/

NOLLER HERBERT
Deputy Chief for Science and Technology
 

 
 
  
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