The user launchpad page now includes a list of action items that require attention. For example, a regulator will see action items when registrations and declarations are submitted for review. Urban implementors will see an action item if a registration or declaration is returned, and when credits are available to declare.
Bug fix for BMP Credit Declaration
A bug was fixed in the BMP Registration Credit Declaration. The system will check for the latest assessment in the water year, regardless of the assessment protocol used. This handles the case where the "assessed as" type (the assessment protocol) is changes mid-year.
Bug fix for BMP Assessment date
A bug was fixed ine BMP Assessment to remove validation that constrained the assessment date to be after 11/22/19. Users can now enter assessments with dates prior to the effective date of the BMP version.
New BMP Assessment Types Added
Two new BMP assessment protocols were added to the system:
The system now has a dedicated page (this page!) for capturing and sharing release notes. An administrator can add release notes, which are visible to all other users.
Release notes were populated going back to the start of Phase 3 (August 2019). Sitka will update the Release Notes page after every release to document the new functionality in the Stormwater Tools. Administrators can also use Release Notes to annouce when new BMP assessment protocols are added.
Data Migration of BMPs to Use New BMP Assessment Protocols
All Treatment BMPs in the system were migrated from the hard-coded types to the new flexible types. Urban Implementers provided a list of how their jurisdictions observes infiltration rate, and new BMP protocols were added to support the different methods, including CASQA Drawdown:
Here is a rundown of how this change does and does not affect functionality in the Stormwater Tools:
Migration of Benchmark/Threshold Values
As part of migrating the BMPs to use new assessment protocols, the benchmark and threshold values from the old hard-coded BMP types were migrated to the new flexible database for all BMPs in the system. Urban Implementers can double check these values were moved correctly by comparing the current version of the BMP with the archived version. They can also edit these values if needed before performing any new assessments.
Enter Observation Periods for Road Assessments
Under the Explore menu, there is a new page for “Observation Periods”. Urban Implementers and Administrators can create an observation period with a start date, end date, name, description, and road class:
The Observation Period detail page will display a map and grid of road assessments that were completed during the Observation Period.
Calculate and Flag Standard Deviation for Observation Periods
Once an Observation Period is added, all assessments that occurred in that time frame will be averaged and the standard deviation calculated. On the Observation Period detail page users can view an average score and standard deviation for road assessments performed during that observation period. An informational flag will appear if the standard deviation is greater than 1.0.
There is also a new Observation Period section on the Road Registration Credit Declaration that shows all Observation Periods that occurred in that water year and the standard deviation of each period.
Support for CHP Infiltration Method
The system now supports directly entering readings off a CHP device. There is a configuration setting on the rate-based observation types to allow an Administrator to enter a benchmark/threshold in units (in/hr) different than the rate value pairs (minutes and readings). This allows users to manually enter CHP readings with time as minutes and enter a benchmark in inches per hour. The old hard-coded system never calculated CHP scores correctly so hopefully this saves the Urban Implementers some time, eliminating the need for off-system calculation.
Use an Alternate Observation Method
Sometimes it is not possible to use a preferred observation protocol due to weather (e.g. CHP when the basin is saturated with water) or other circumstances. An Administrator can now configure a pre-approved “Alternate Observation Method” for any observation type. If set, an Urban Implementer will see a check box on the page in the assessment workflow “Use Alternative Observation”. When they check the box, the data entry form will change to the alternative type. For example, “Infiltration Rate – CHP” has an alternate type called “Infiltration Rate – Calculated Off System” and a user can simply enter one value for the rate instead of entering time/value pairs.
Bug Fix for Road Registration Credit Declaration
Minor bug fix for Road Registration Credit Declarations that was using the wrong method for “achieves expecting conditions” and could give the wrong answer in some limited cases.
Modify Road Observation Seasons and Weighting Percentages
Road Registration Declarations were updated to include a table with Road Class scores calculated using the new Observation Seasons and weightings outlined in the LCCP 2018 Policy Update. Each Road Class included in the water year 2019 road declarations show two tables: Score (old method) and Score (new method). The Score (old method) is the same seasons and weighting as used in previous water years. The Score (new method) table uses the updated “Observation Seasons” outlined in the policy document. Note: these changes do not affect any past declarations and only apply for the 2019 water year and future years. For water year 2019, the “achieves expected conditions” check that determines if credits are available to declare is based on the old method. For water year 2020 and future years, credit declarations are calculated based on the new method.
Modify Road Segment Assessments that Contribute to the Road Class Score
Road Registration Declarations for water year 2019 and on were updated to make changes to which assessments and road segments are used to calculate the Road Class score. The following changes were made:
The changes above only apply to Road Registration Declarations for water year 2019 and on. All past year declarations are “locked down” after credits were awarded.
Support Rate-based Observation Types
Infiltration rate was one of the few hard-coded observation types that was very complicated (6 different ways to enter values) and not completely supported in the new flexible schema. Given the number of BMP Types in the Stormwater Tools that are assessed by observing the infiltration rate, supporting rate-based observations in a flexible way was prioritized. The new rate-based configuration supports collecting time/value data pairs that can be labeled flexibly. The rate is calculated automatically. Infiltrometer and User-defined protocol collection methods for Infiltration Rate were set up using this functionality.
Archive Registration Details when an Update Occurs
There is a new section at the bottom of the registration detail page called “Archived Resources”. After a regulator approves a request to update a registration, a PDF snapshot of the registration details at the time the update was requested is saved in this section along with a copy of the PLRM Zip file.
Improve Readability of Notes in Declaration Grid
Minor tweak to expand the Declarations grid on the Registration detail pages to be full width. This makes it easier to read the ‘reason for Overriding Credit Potential’ explanations in the grid.
Add Flexible BMP Assessment Protocols and Observation Types
Replaced the hard-coded BMP types with a new flexible schema that allows Administrators/Regulators to create new observation types and BMP types without support from Sitka developers. The functionality was ported from the Orange County Stormwater Tools. Most of the BMP types used in the Tahoe Basin were re-created using the new administrative editors. This new functionality will allow Administrators/Regulators to work with Urban Implementors to add new observation protocols to the system, such as a new method to support Perf Pipes. Note: None of these changes have affected the “Modeled as” types or PLRM Functionality in the system.
New BMP Type Detail Pages
Each BMP type now has a “View Details” button where users can view the BMP type description, related observation type protocols with scoring details, and a grid of BMPs assigned to the type.
New Observation Type Detail Pages
Each Observation type name on the Treatment BMP type page is a hyperlink that leads to an Observation type detail page. This page lists the description, details, and configuration settings for each observation type.
Calculate Parcel BMP Water Quality Importance
The BMP Registration workflow was updated to automatically calculate the Water Quality Importance (WQI) of Parcel BMPs based on the FSP pollutant load (lbs/yr) values for SFR, MFR, and CICU areas. The WQI calculation outlined in the CAP Technical Document is displayed on the Register Parcel BMP of the registration:
The WQI is determined based on how many potential credits the parcel BMPs provide:
Save Text Fields when PLRM File is Removed
Fixed a bug in the update Registration workflow where certain text fields were deleted if a user removed their PLRM zip file. Now all of the text fields will remain and users can edit them if needed before submitting the updated registration.
PLRM Summary Report Enhancements
The PLRM Summary Report was updated to show values for all scenarios in the PLRM model. For example, if a registration has baseline, road operations, and BMP scenarios, the model values for all scenarios now show in the report. Previously, only baseline and expected scenario model values were displayed.
The PLRM Summary Report was updated to flag BMPs that are “pre-2004” (i.e. the BMP appears in both the baseline and expected PLRM scenario). The BMP credit potential field for pre-2004 BMPs that is shown in the Summary Report was also updated to accurately calculate and reflect there is no credit potential associaed with these BMPs.
Include Review Comments on Registration and Declaration Approval Notifications
When a registration is approved, or credits are awarded for a declaration, any review comments left by the reviewer are now included in the email notification that is sent to the jurisdiction’s urban implementors. Previously, comments were only included in email notifications for returned registrations or declarations.
Update Display of Significant Digits for Values of Parcel BMP Areas
Percent values of Parcel BMP section of BMP Registration Detail pages are now displayed with one decimal place, to match the significant digits displayed in the Land Use and Certificate Statistics PDF.
Generate BMP/SC Cert Status Statistics by Catchment as PDF
In the BMP Registration workflow on the Registration Area page, there is now an optional section for Parcel BMP Statistics where users can generate a PDF document with the parcel land use and cert status per catchment:
Note the pdf generation takes some time (especially if there are a lot of catchments).
Users can re-generate the pdf whenever you need to. For example, if TRPA updates land use in the BMP Database, the next day a user can come back and click the “Generate” button again for updated statistics. The pdf document will remain as a file attachment on the Registration Area page and on the BMP Registration “detail page” in the Parcel BMPs section:
The PDF contains the statistics for the overall registration area (all catchments) on the first page, and subsequent pages show the same information per catchment. No changes were made to how the statistics are generated (uses the same calculations as a Parcel BMP Assessment) and the values generate through the Parcel BMP Assessment are exactly the same as the values on the PDF.