PracticeKeeper software was featured in the Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District annual report for FY2016, demonstrating PracticeKeeper as a potent conservation tool. See page 10 of the report for details.
WorldView Solutions designed PracticeKeeper for the needs of soil and water conservation districts, state and federal conservation agencies, and other conservation organizations. It includes modules for tracking and reporting on all data related to conservation plans, nutrient management plans, best management practices and watershed management, as well as erosion and sediment control. Features include reporting, wizard-based mapping tools and document management capabilities. PracticeKeeper securely hosts and stores non-spatial data in the cloud while automatically synchronizing with Esri’s ArcGIS software on users’ desktops, leveraging role-based security for multiple user types.
Excerpt from Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District FY2016 Annual Report | Page 10
In February 2016, Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District became the first and only District in NC to launch a new software called PracticeKeeper. This software will assist the District with the design and planning of conservation plans for its multiple natural resource assistance programs. The software purchase was made possible by a grant received in 2014. District staff spent 2 days last August in training on the software system. The rest of the summer, fall and early winter were spent testing the software, making necessary updates and practicing with it. Designed for soil and water districts, PracticeKeeper is a unique software that interfaces with mapping software ArcGIS to allow the user to spatially represent, or map out, conservation plans and best management practices that are developed for a particular landowner’s natural resource concerns. The spatial interface allows the user to identify an area for the conservation plan, in which different types of BMP’s can be selected and drawn. It also provides an automatic query of the soil types, watershed, parcel ID, and addresses within the area selected for the conservation plan. Once a plan is created, PracticeKeeper links the spatial data to an internet database which allows the user to enter additional information about the conservation plan such as nutrient and sediment removal rates, total area treated, contract approval dates, participant information, site visits, and even upload pictures and files. This database not only becomes represented in ArcGIS, but can also be exported to Microsoft Excel for further data management. This new software will allow the department to centralize record keeping and streamline data acquisition across all programs, and even allow for onsite creation of plans and BMP’s when using a mobile device in the field. In March 2016, Sarah Ludwig-Monty joined the District as a contractor to help create the PracticeKeeper database. Sarah has a Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University, where she specialized in watershed protection and geospatial analyses. Sarah has been working on creating conservation plans within PracticeKeeper for every CCAP, AgWRAP and ACSP contract implemented by the District within the past 10 years. To date she has created over 250 conservation plans and about 450 BMP’s using PracticeKeeper.