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Overview of the Contaminant Assessment Process (CAP) and CAP Web Application

The Contaminant Assessment Process (CAP) is used to evaluate whether environmental contaminants pose threats to lands or biota managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As a process, CAP consists of two parts: retrospective analysis and field sampling. The “CAP” Web application supports and manages the retrospective analysis portion of the larger process.

The Service uses the CAP application to store and manage data pertaining to contaminant conditions or threats on FWS lands. Data entered in CAP provides information to help decisionmakers target contaminant investigation and remediation funding to high-risk units.

IMPORTANT: It is recommended that you enter information in the CAP application chronologically, proceeding in order through each section. The information builds in a logical progression and is sometimes required for subsequent sections. Also, there are “Continue to…” links at the bottom of each form (or the last form in a section) to take you directly to the next section or subsection.

This online manual guides the user in documenting and organizing existing information concerning the FWS unit of interest. The resulting product is a comprehensive ecological, contaminant, and geophysical profile of the subject FWS unit. 

CAP Preview: Getting Started in the New, Improved CAP

This new version of CAP was released in early 2011. Though most of the data fields are the same, the look and functionality is significantly improved for users. Whether you are a first-time user or have been using CAP for years, please read this section first to learn what has changed and to get some overall advice for using version 2.0.

  1. Navigation. This is probably the most noticeable change. Instead of having to use the back button in your browser, the left navigation menu now contains links to each of the 10 major data sections and associated subsections for a given CAP record, or file. This will greatly increase speed and efficiency in navigating among forms and fields to enter or review data.

  2. Facilitated Data Entry. It is recommended that you enter information in the CAP application chronologically, proceeding in order through each section. The information builds in a logical progression and is sometimes required for subsequent sections. Also, there are handy “Continue to…” links at the bottom of each form to take you directly to the next section or subsection.

  3.  Context Help. On each page or “worksheet” for a specific record, page-level context help appears on the right side of the screen, describing the purpose of the worksheet and the kind of data it collects. You can also click the “Context Help” link at the top of the left navigation menu.  This opens a help screen on the upper right. To close it, click “Close” on the help screen or click the left-menu “Context Help” link again.

  4. Tooltips. Each field is preceded by a question-mark icon (). To learn about a specific field, click on the icon to its left for a popup tooltip. To close the tooltip, click anywhere on the screen.

  5. Check completions “At-a-Glance.” To help you see which sections are completed and which are not, checks appear to the left of each section or subsection link on the left navigation menu. A green check () means that section or subsection is complete; a red exclamation point () means that one or more fields in a section or subsection still need to be completed. (This replaces the “Check Completion status” button from the first version of CAP.)

  6. Required Fields. Any required fields are now designated with an orange exclamation point (). These fields MUST be completed before the assessment for a given FWS unit is considered complete. The red and green icons described above show the sections containing required fields that must be filled in before the file itself can be considered complete.

  7.  “Relevance to contaminant assessments” and “Comments on [Topic, description].” The “Comments” field is now only for anything additional you want to say about the topic, beyond your statements about its relevance to the CAP.

  8. A Note about Notes. A text field for “Notes on…” appears at the bottom of each Section page. Think of this field as a “note to self” for the PI’s personal use. Typically this field serves to remind the user about the status of a particular worksheet. Remarks in this field are NOT included or printed in the CAP report.

  9. Third-Party Data:
    1. Although much of the information in the CIMAS database is dated, some CAP fields still draw from it for historical data. These fields include “Literature References,” FWS unit “Description” where these exist, and “Management Activities.”
    2. Refuge and hatchery descriptions can be (re)entered or edited by PIs using the CCP or refuge Web site (linked where useful) description/management activity sections.
    3. Location information is imported from a current, maintained ECOS database.
    4. T&E species information is imported from the ECOS Threatened and Endangered Species System (TESS).
    5. EPA-regulated contaminant sites in Section 6 have been imported from their respective EPA databases. See Envirofacts at http://www.epa.gov/enviro/.
    6. Some fields can be “unchecked” to not show in the report, if the PI deems them out of date or otherwise unneeded for report purposes. These items have a checkbox for “Show in Report,” which is checked by default. To exclude such a field from the report, click on the checked box to deselect it. Other fields can be “excluded” from the CAP.

  10. Primary Investigator information is now prepopulated to the extent possible from the PI’s user profile.

  11. Save as draft allows you to save data entered under a topic, but leaves the topic designated with a red flag so you know you haven’t completed it.

  12. “Continue to” links on Section or subsection pages make it easy to proceed to the next section or subsection.

  13. Copy data from any CAP into a new CAP. This new feature allows you to find and copy any or all fields from an existing study into a new study.

  14. Top Navigation Tabs. The tabs allow you to view data in different contexts, as follows:
    1. Details: Displays your selected CAP study’s home or section pages with complete left navigation menu for viewing and entering/editing data.
    2. Location: Opens mapper where you can view your site in relation to other layers and save map views for including in report sections or subsections. (It’s best to open only a few layers at a time.)
    3. Interim Report: Shows all completed fields completed that aren’t “hidden” or “removed,” or the “Notes about…” text field on a Section or subsection page. “Interim” means “to this point”: it is considered the draft of the “final report,” and becomes “final” once all required fields and sections are completed.

  15. New “bulk edit” feature: In some sections where you are confronted with a list of topics or sites to be reviewed or addressed, once you have completed data entry for all included sites, you may click “Exclude all unreviewed sites” to remove them as a group to the “Excluded from study” list. Note this feature shows only when you still have “Not reviewed sites” (red-flagged items) on the list. To reinstate a topic or area, click the name, enter any required data, and click “Save.” This restores it to the study.

  16. The “Complete and Finalize” function: This new button allows you to review the completion status of the CAP before completing the assessment. There, you must select a Completion Approver and Completion Date in order to finish and close the CAP.

  17. “Background data import operations are running” message. Appears on top of screen to alert you that the FWS unit information might not be available until operation is complete. But you may continue to navigate the CAP study.

Home Page: Study Overview

This page functions like the home page for your selected CAP.

Use the Overview page to:

  • Copy data, all of it or selected fields, from an existing study into a new study (say, from an older assessment into a new one for the same unit, or from a another unit with data relevant to your unit)
  • Delete the study. This function applies to incomplete studies only—for example, if a mistake occurs or some other circumstance interferes with completing the study. If necessary, the deleted study can be retrieved via a request to ECOS Help.
  • Refresh the EPA contaminant site data. This button retrieves the latest data from the EPA databases in real time.
  • Complete and Finalize the CAP Study. This function initially allows you to review the status of the CAP and lists any uncompleted sections. Once all are completed, you will then select a Completion Approver and completion date in order to finish the CAP.
  • View all data entry or editing activity for this Refuge or Hatchery’s CAP by section and field, on a map, or as a report of all completed fields.

For existing studies, most users will begin by choosing a section or subsection from the left navigation menu to edit. 

TOOLTIPS

Copy data from an existing CAP

There are two ways to select an FWS unit CAP to copy from:

  • Use the Land Search (type‐ahead field)/Select/List of available projects [Ongoing/Complete Projects]. 
  • Or you can click the “Filter by Region [X]” checkbox to locate refuges in a given Region.

Delete study

Delete the current study (only applies to studies in progress); completed studies cannot be deleted.

Refresh Data from EPA

This button imports the latest data from the EPA databases and uses it to populate the lists in Section 6, Contaminant Sources.

Complete and Finalize Study

Once all the data is entered for your CAP, click this button to complete and finalize the assessment. It will open one of two pages, depending on your completion status:

  • “Final Study Review” page: This is a summary page that lists any incomplete sections, along with a red banner declaring, “The sections listed below have not been completed yet. The study cannot be marked finished until these have been completed.” If you see areas that need to be completed, go back to those sections to complete them according to their respective requirements. 

  • “Completion” page: If you have completed the CAP data entry, the completion page provides four fields described below under “Tooltips for fields on the Completion Page.” You are encouraged to specify a Reviewer and Review Date, but you must name a Completion Approver and select the Completion Date in order to finalize the CAP. 

Tooltips for fields on the Completion page:

Select Reviewer: Select the name of the Technical Reviewer of this CAP study. This picklist contains Contacts entered in Section 2. If the Reviewer’s name is not on the list, go to Section 2.2, Background Information: Contacts and enter the new name and contact information. Then return to this page to select it.

Review Date: Specify the date on which the technical review was completed.

Completion Approved By: Specifying this individual is required for the completion of the CAP. Select the person who will approve the completion of the CAP. The individual you select should be someone accountable for the final CAP report; consider the Regional EC Coordinator or the Refuge Manager. The picklist contains Contacts entered in Section 2. If the Approver`s name is not on the list, go to Section 2.2, Background Information: Contacts, and enter the new name and contact information. Then return to this page to select it. 

Completion Date: Specify the date that the CAP was approved.

Section 1. Primary Investigator Information

This section documents administrative information for the person primarily responsible for data entries and quality assurance of data associated with this CAP. Anyone with questions concerning the findings contained in this file will be directed to contact the individual identified in this worksheet. The names of other individuals contributing to the completion of the CAP should be listed in the notes section of the worksheet, if applicable.

Use Section 1 to:

  • Record identity and contact information for the person primarily responsible for data contained in this CAP file—the Primary Investigator, or “PI.”

In Version 2, all available data is automatically populated into appropriate fields based on the PI’s user profile. Be sure to complete any remaining unpopulated fields.

TOOLTIPS

Title

Select a title from the picklist, if known.

First Name

Enter the first name of the primary investigator (PI) if not prepopulated by your user profile.
Limit: 40 characters.

Last Name

Enter the last name of the PI if not prepopulated by your user profile.
Limit: 40 characters.

Street Address and Street Address 2

Enter the street address of the PI if not prepopulated by your user profile.
Limit: 80 characters per field.

  • e.g.,

Street Address: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Street Address 2: 2150 Centre Ave., Bldg C

City

Enter the full name of the city for the PI if not prepopulated by your user profile.

Limit: 250 characters.

State

Select the state for the PI from the picklist if not prepopulated by your user profile.

Zipcode

Enter the 5- or 9-digit zip code for the primary investigator (dash is automatic for zip+4) if not prepopulated by your user profile.
Limit: 10 characters

  • e.g., 805268118

Email

Enter the email address for the PI if not prepopulated by your user profile.
Limit: 60 characters.

Phone Number

Enter the area code and phone number for the PI (dashes are automatic) if not prepopulated by your user profile:

  • e.g., 3035551212

Fax Number

Enter the area code and fax number for the PI (dashes are automatic) if not prepopulated by your user profile:

  • e.g., 3035551220

Affiliation

Enter the full name of the FWS Office for the PI, if not prepopulated by your user profile.
Limit: 50 characters.

  • e.g., Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office    

Notes on Primary Investigator

Personal-use area for the Primary Investigator; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of the Primary Investigator worksheet.
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • e.g., “Bob W. filled this out for Mark, the PI.”

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

Section 2. Background Information

This section documents existing background information about local contaminant issues and the biological resources that could be affected, including literature references (peer-reviewed journals and gray literature); secondary contacts (people with relevant expertise or local knowledge, and meeting organizers); and information on meetings held to discuss issues involving contaminant sources.

Use Section 2 to:

  • Comment on biodiversity efforts and possible effects of contaminants,
  • Document literature references,
  • Identify individuals with expertise in pertinent contaminant or resource topics, and
  • Summarize meetings held to discuss issues related to the CAP for the subject unit.

Together, these four subsections contribute to a more complete understanding of local contaminant concerns and resource issues, an “institutional memory” for the FWS unit.

Section 2.1. Background Information: Literature References

This section lists literature references applicable to the contaminant assessment process for this FWS unit. Citations are entered in science-style format and where possible, are linked to the original publication.

New references are entered by selecting "Add New Literature Reference." Existing references can be modified by clicking the reference title to open the Editor.

Legacy report titles from the CIMAS database have been imported for this FWS unit. All are included by default; click (Remove) to exclude titles from the list. The result is, they stay in the CAP database but do not show up on the Final Report. (You can view removed records in “Show Removed Records.”)

Note: To edit a legacy reference, click on the title to open the editor. Once you have edited it, it “behaves” as a reference you have “entered” rather than as a legacy document from CIMAS.

TOOLTIPS

Literature References

List of references already entered, either manually or imported from CIMAS. To modify a reference, click on its title on the list. To make additional entries, click “Add new literature reference.”

Link: Add new literature reference

Opens the Reference Editor for entering a new reference.

Notes on Reference Inputs

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of the Literature References worksheet.
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • E.g., “Add rest of Baron refs on N deposition to the list.”

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

Reference Editor:

Title of the reference material

Enter the full title of the reference material. Limit: 250 characters

  • e.g., Mercury contamination in the waters of Mary's River.
  • This field MUST be completed to save the Literature Reference record.

Complete reference citation

Enter the full citation of the journal article or report, including the title, and use periods between citation components. If you copy and paste, reformat as shown below.
Limit: 500 characters.

  • e.g., Doe, J., and M.B. Jones. 1994. Mercury contamination in the waters of Mary's River. Journal of Env. Contam. 53:334-337.
  • e.g., Doe, J., and M.B. Jones. 1998. Mercury contamination in rivers of the U.S. West. Princeton, NJ: Yale University Press. 312 pp.
  • e.g., Biggins, D.E., B.J. Miller, T.W. Clark, and R.P. Reading. 2006. Restoration of an endangered species: the black-footed ferret. Pages 581-585 in Groom, M.A., G.K. Meffe, and C.R. Carroll, (eds.). Principles of Conservation Biology, 3rd ed. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates, Inc.

Contaminant Sources identified in this reference

Choose one or more contaminant sources from the picklist by clicking the checkbox. To remove a source, click again to deselect it. If none are selected, this field remains blank on the report.

Contaminant Categories identified in this reference

Choose one or more contaminant categories from the picklist by clicking the checkbox. To remove a category, click again to deselect it. If none are selected, this field remains blank on the report.

Comments about the relevance of this reference to the contaminant assessment

Explain what information in the reference is relevant to the CAP and why.
Limit: 2000 characters.

Brief description of the information in this reference

Enter a brief descriptive overview of the information in this reference. The content can be the abstract of the journal article or report, annotation, or similar. Limit: 2000 characters.

Section 2.2. Background Information: Contacts

This displays a list of names of all the contacts who are actual or potential information sources for this CAP. New contacts are entered by selecting "Add New Contact." A first name AND last name must be entered. Edit existing contacts by clicking the contact name.

You will be selecting from this "master list" of contacts to populate the Meeting Organizers field in Section 2.2. To do this, be sure to enter the meeting organizer contact info here first.

TOOLTIPS

Contacts

List of contacts already entered. Use the Remove” and “Reinstate” links to allow the name to be hidden or to always show. To modify a contact, click on the contact name to open the editor.

Link: Add new contact

Opens the Contact Editor for entering a new individual.

Notes on Contacts

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of the Contacts worksheet. Limit: 2000 characters.

  • e.g., “Ask Carey about the mgr she talked to and add.”

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

Contact Editor:

Title

Select a title from the picklist, if known.

First Name

Enter the first name of the contact. Limit: 40 characters.

Last Name

Enter the last name of the contact. Limit: 40 characters.

Street Address and Street Address 2

Enter the street address of the contact. Limit: 80 characters per field.

  • e.g.,

Street Address: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Street Address 2: 2150 Centre Ave., Bldg C

City

Enter the full city name. Limit: 250 characters

State

Select the state for the contact from the picklist.

Zipcode

Enter the 5- or 9-digit zip code for the contact. Dash for zip+4 is automatic.

  • e.g., 805268118

Email

Enter the email address for the contact. Limit: 60 characters.

Phone Number

Enter the area code and phone number for the contact (dashes are automatic):

  • e.g., 3035551212

Fax Number

Enter the area code and fax number for the contact (dashes are automatic):

  • e.g., 3035551220

Affiliation

Enter the work affiliation for the contact. This could be a government agency/office, university, NGO, private company, etc. The format for government affiliation should be: Agency-Field or Regional Office (if known). For other entities, enter city and state (2-letter P.O. abbreviation) separated by commas, as shown in the examples. If a university abbreviation makes clear its location, a city or state is not necessarily needed. Limit: 50 characters.

  • e.g., 
    • USFWS-Arapaho NWR, CO
    • USFS-Hoosier NF
    • USGS-WERC, Sacramento, CA
    • EPA-R8
    • BLM-Pinedale, WY
    • NPS-GRTE
    • The Nature Conservancy, Helena, MT
    • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Denver, CO
    • UC-Davis; Penn State; Va Tech [university examples]
    • SC DNR-Green Pond, SC
    • CH2MHill, Portland, OR

Contaminant Sources linked to this Contact 

Choose one or more contaminant sources from the picklist by clicking the checkbox. To remove a contaminant source, click a second time to deselect it. If none are selected, this field remains blank on the report. 

Contaminant Categories linked to this Contact 

Choose one or more contaminant sources from the picklist by clicking the checkbox. To remove a contaminant source, click a second time to deselect it. If none are selected, this field remains blank on the report. 

Comments about the relevance this contact has to the contaminant assessment 

Explain why the contact is relevant to the the CAP (PI’s interpretation).
Limit: 2000 characters. 

  • e.g., “Selenium bioaccumulation is a documented contaminant problem on the Minidoka NWR. Dr. Jones has conducted many investigations on the effects of selenium bioaccumulation in waterfowl.” 

Brief description of this contact (affiliation, expertise, ...) 

Enter a brief description of this contact. The content can include the contact person's institutional affiliation, expertise, role (such as meeting organizer), etc.
Limit: 2000 characters. 

  • e.g., “Dr. Jones is a toxicology professor at Idaho State University.”

 

Section 2.3. Background Information: Meetings

This displays a list of titles of individual meetings applicable to the CAP for this FWS unit. New meetings are entered by clicking "Add new meeting." Edit existing meetings by clicking the meeting title, which opens the meeting in the Meeting Editor.

TOOLTIPS

Meeting Name

List of the meetings, by meeting title, that have already been entered. To modify a meeting, click on the meeting name to open the editor.

Link: Add new meeting

Opens the Meeting Editor for adding a new meeting.

Notes on Meetings

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of the Meetings worksheet.
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • e.g., “Get name/contact info for NGO co-organizer, add to Contacts, and select here.”

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

Meeting Editor

Title/Topic of the Meeting

Enter the title or the general topic of the meeting.
Limit: 80 characters.

  • e.g., “Seminar: Aquatic Contaminants in the Pacific Northwest”

Meeting Date

Select the date from the calendar. For multi-day meetings, use the first day.

Meeting Organizer(s)

Choose one or more names from the picklist, which is the master list of contacts for this CAP. To select an existing person, click on the checkbox beside the name. Click again in the checkbox to deselect it. Note: If the meeting organizer's name is not on the picklist, go to Section 2.2, Background: Contacts and enter the new name and contact information. Then return to this list to select it.  

Comments about the relevance this meeting has to the contaminant assessment

Explain why the meeting is relevant to the CAP (PI’s interpretation).
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • e.g., “The seminar addressed new findings from investigations into aquatic contaminants in the region. These types of contaminants have been suspected on Columbia NWR.”

Brief description of this meeting (topic, concerns, etc.)

Enter a brief description of this meeting. The content can include reason for convening, topics discussed, response of colleagues to the subject matter, etc.
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • e.g., “Seminar addressed many current topics in the area of aquatic contamination, incl. nutrient loading, pesticides runoff, and dioxin contamination surrounding pulp mills.”

Section 3. Assessment Considerations

Section 3 presents a number of issues to be taken into account when completing the CAP. Information entered in this section will be used later in the process to identify biological resources or high-value habitats that may be sensitive to contaminants of concern. This section also organizes information about management activities, economic uses, and other processes that might influence the CAP.

Use Section 3 to:

  • Document site-specific biological and physical characteristics of the FWS unit that need to be taken into consideration as part of the contaminant assessment process.

Assessment Considerations are divided into four subsections: General Information, Species Assessment, Land Cover/Land Use, and Management Activities. Each subsection has its own set of topics for specific types of data.

The Species Assessment and Land Cover/Land Use considerations in Section 3 will reappear in Section 8, Potentially Contaminated Areas (PCAs), for the investigator to judge whether any of these resources are at risk based on the fate and transport of contaminants. 

All topics are included by default. To exclude a topic, click (exclude) to the right of the topic name. Note: Legacy information can be “hidden” and not included in the report, if the PI deems it out-of-date.

Section 3.1. General Information

This section presents some general information regarding the refuge—including biodiversity, a basic description of the unit, documented contaminant concerns, geographic location, unit purpose and goals, and other concerns—with some specific comments from the primary investigator on the relevance of these items in influencing entry, transport, or impact of contaminants. All topics are included by default. Each topic can be opened and completed with relevant information or excluded.

For each topic, you may:

  • Save: Saves the record and shows data on the final report (if selected to show).
  • Save as Draft: Saves data entered but topic will show as incomplete (red flag) and NOT show on the report.
  • Exclude Topic: Excludes the topic from the report.
TOOLTIPS

Topics

Click on each target “Topic” to complete the associated fields. For any Topic categories that don’t apply to the CAP site, click (exclude) to the right of the topic name.

Notes on General Information Topics

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of any General Information Topics.
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • E.g., “Get and add UTM coordinates.”

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

Section 3.1.1. General Information: Biodiversity

Use this section to describe efforts underway at the FWS unit to enhance or protect biodiversity across organizational levels, including genetic, population, community, ecosystem, and landscape. Include information about how contaminants could influence the unit’s ability to achieve management objectives related to biodiversity.

Good sources for this information are the Refuge CCP and/or the Refuge or Hatchery Management Plan. Describe or include it here in a few sentences.

TOOLTIPS

Relevance to Contaminant Assessment

Describe how (environmental) contaminants may influence the refuge or hatchery's ability to achieve management objectives related to biodiversity.
Limit: 2000 characters.

Comments on Biodiversity

Describe particular efforts underway at the refuge or hatchery to enhance or protect the diversity of life across a spectrum of organization levels, including genetic, population, community, ecosystem, and landscape. Specific efforts may give an indication of species and/or habitats that are of special concern to refuge (or hatchery) management.
Limit: 2000 characters.

Section 3.1.2. General Information: Description

Descriptions have been imported from CIMAS (text) and the cadastral database (region, category, IFWS no., and org. code). Because it could be out of date, the text description is editable. For refuges, this information can be written afresh and/or copied from the refuge Web page (linked) or CCP. Relevance and comments text fields add specifics about this information.

TOOLTIPS

Link: Link to…[refuge name] information page

Opens the refuge profile page in a separate window.

Region/Category/IFWS Number/Organization Code

Data imported from the cadastral database.

Insert description provided by FWS

Write, paste in, or edit the imported text to describe the site overall.

Relevance to Contaminant Assessment

Explain why this information is relevant to the CAP (PI’s interpretation).
Limit: 2000 characters.

Comments on Description

Enter any other comments regarding the description, such as providing more detail and description to relevant content.
Limit: 2000 characters.

Section 3.1.3. General Information: Documented Contaminant Concerns

Documented contaminant concerns are defined as specific resource impacts that were documented by a contaminant investigation within the boundary of the FWS unit. Addressing the magnitude of the problem is not necessary in the investigation, only that there was an effect on a resource. Listed items are checked as “Show on Report” by default. Click on any you wish to exclude from the report.

TOOLTIPS

Documented Problem/Source/Knowledge of Source/Location of Source

This information is imported from CIMAS. If in your opinion this information is outdated, you can click the “Show on Report” checkbox to prevent it from appearing in the report.

Published Contaminant Reports

These are imported from CIMAS. If in your opinion the reports are outdated, you can click the “Show on Report” checkbox to prevent it from appearing in the report.

Relevance to Contaminant Assessment

Explain why this information is relevant to the CAP (PI’s interpretation).
Limit: 2000 characters.

Comments on Documented Contaminant Concerns

Enter any comments regarding the documented problems for the FWS unit.
Limit: 2000 characters.

Section 3.1.4. General Information: Geographic Location of Area

In describing the geographic location of the FWS unit, note any unusual circumstances regarding its location relative to jurisdictional, Congressional, or hydrological boundaries and orientation within the watershed. Include proximity to urban areas, agricultural operations, and any other human infrastructure or activities and how any of these could affect degree of contaminant access or impact.

TOOLTIPS

County/State

Imported from ECOS database.

Hydrologic Unit/Basis Name

Imported from ECOS database.

Congressional District/Representative

Imported from ECOS database.

Relevance to Contaminant Assessment

Explain why this information is relevant to the CAP (PI’s interpretation).
Limit: 2000 characters.

Comments on Geographic Location of Area

Enter any comments regarding the geographic data for the FWS unit.
Limit: 2000 characters.

Section 3.1.5. General Information: FWS Unit Purpose and Goals

Most FWS units have a set of internally approved "interim goals." This section can be used to reflect on these goals, and also on the legal purpose for which the refuge or hatchery was established.

TOOLTIPS

Link: Link to…[refuge name]

Opens the refuge profile page in a separate window.

Relevance to Contaminant Assessment

Explain why this information is relevant to the CAP (PI’s interpretation).
Limit: 2000 characters.

Comments on FWS Unit Purpose and Goals

Enter any comments regarding the FWS unit purpose and goals.
Limit: 2000 characters.

Section 3.1.6. General Information: Other/Suspected Contaminant Concerns

Other/suspected contaminant concerns are defined as “issues that were documented in a contaminant investigation, such as elevated levels of a contaminant present on [the FWS unit]. However, no determination of any effect was made.” This category also includes suspected contaminant problems or issues not documented in a report, but based upon anecdotal information. This section also lists:

  • any contaminant studies (proposal titles) concerning the FWS unit,
  • any consumption advisory details concerning the FWS unit,
  • any species groups covered by consumption advisories, and
  • any comments regarding the FWS unit.
TOOLTIPS

Contaminant Issue/Source/Knowledge of Source/Location(s) of Source

These data are imported from CIMAS. If in your opinion this information is outdated, you can click the “Show on Report” checkbox to prevent it from appearing in the report.

Link: Link To EPA Fish Consumption Advisories

Opens the EPA Fish Advisories page in a separate window. Use this information source to determine and explain more about relevance of this topic to the CAP.

Relevance to Contaminant Assessment

Explain why this information is relevant to the CAP (PI’s interpretation).
Limit: 2000 characters.

Comments on Other/Suspected Contaminant Concerns

Enter any comments regarding any other problems/issues for the FWS unit.
Limit: 2000 characters.

Section 3.2. Species Assessment

This section lists all plant and animal species groups pertinent to the refuge. Each group is assessed for its exposure or susceptibility to contaminant sources on or near the refuge. Use this section to provide brief descriptions and comments for each applicable species aggregation on the FWS unit. When listing sensitive species under the applicable assessment consideration, be sure to identify species that might be:

  • sensitive to the effects of contaminants (including vulnerable life-stages)
  • used previously as subjects of contaminant studies or monitoring on or near the FWS unit
  • good indicators of contaminant exposure or effects

This information can be used in the field sampling portion of the process to help identify sensitive species and biological communities. Note: Threatened and endangered species data are imported from the ECOS Threatened and Endangered Species System (TESS). If you exclude this topic, or know of discrepancies in the information, you must explain in the relevance/comments text fields.

If you start to enter data for a topic and use the Save as Draft option, data entered is saved but the topic will show as incomplete (red flag) and not appear on the report until complete.

TOOLTIPS

Topics

Click on each target “Topic” to complete the associated “Comments…” and “Relevance…” fields. For any Topic categories that don’t apply to the CAP site, such as “Mammals – Marine” for a grasslands refuge, click (exclude) to the right of the topic name.

If you decide to later include an excluded item, click the “Reinstate” link beside it; or, open the topic, enter the desired data, and click “Save.”This action also reinstates it.

Note on Threatened/Endangered/Candidate Species (Fed Listed):  This section is used to list federally threatened, endangered, or candidate species that reside in or use the FWS unit, and to describe any management objectives for these species. Currently these data are imported from ECOS-TESS. If you feel these data are not current, you may elect to exclude this information on the Report. Click the checkbox beside “Show on Report” to deselect it. If on the other hand you elect to exclude the category altogether, use the Relevance and/or Comments boxes to explain your reasoning.

Save as Draft saves data entry but will still show as incomplete (red exclamation point).

Notes on Species Assessment Topics

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of any of the Species Assessments Topics.
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • E.g., “Cross-check aquatic and terrestrial plant spp info against regional T&E list.”

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

For each selected Topic:

 [T&E only:] Status/Common Name/Scientific Name/Description

These data are imported from ECOS-TESS. Elect to show or hide on report; explain your decision if you elect to hide this information.

Relevance to Contaminant Assessment

Explain why this information is relevant to the CAP (PI’s interpretation).
Limit: 2000 characters.

Comments on [species group]

Enter any comments regarding the particular species chosen for the FWS unit.
Limit: 2000 characters.

Section 3.3. Land Cover/Land Use Assessment

This section addresses specific land-cover issues of importance to the contaminants assessment. Use this section to provide brief descriptions and comments for each applicable land cover/land use on the FWS unit as well as its relevance to the CAP (how they might influence the presence, transport, or fate of contaminants). This information can be used in the field-sampling portion of the CAP to help identify sensitive biological communities and potential impacts from land use. Current land cover/land use categories and definitions were derived from the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s National Vegetation Classification Standard (NVCS; Version 1, 1997). For each topic, you may:

  • Save: Saves record and show data on final report
  • Save as Draft: Saves data entered but will still show as incomplete (red flag) and not appear on the report.
  • Exclude: Excludes the topic from the report.

The land cover/land use categories and definitions were derived from the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s National Vegetation Classification Standard (NVCS; Version 1, 1997).

Definitions of major land-cover types:

  • Forests: Areas dominated by trees with a total canopy cover of 61% or more, tree crowns usually interlocking. Types are evergreen, deciduous, mixed evergreen-deciduous.
  • Woodlands: Areas dominated by trees with a total canopy cover of 26-60%, most tree crowns not touching each other. An herbaceous or shrub understory, or both, are usually present. An open stand of trees, sometimes called "open forest.” Same types as forest.
  • Shrublands: Areas dominated by shrubs that generally exceed 0.5 meter in height when mature, with a total canopy cover of 26% or more. A tree canopy cover of 26% or more may be present. Same types as forest.
  • Dwarf-Shrublands: Areas dominated by shrubs rarely exceeding 0.5 meters in height when mature with a total canopy cover of 26% or more. A tree or larger shrub canopy cover of 26% or less may be present. This class is sometimes called heaths or heath-like. Types are either deciduous or evergreen.
  • Grasslands: Areas dominated by grass, grass-like, or forb vegetation with a tree or shrub component not exceeding 26% cover.
    • Tall: >1.0 m in height
    • Medium: from 0.5–1.0 m in height
    • Short: < 0.5 m in height
  • Forb: A non-graminoid herb.
  • Shrubs: Woody perennial plants, usually with multiple stems, 0.5–5.0 m in height at maturity.
  • Trees: Woody perennial plants, usually single stemmed with definite crown shape and reaching a height of 5.0 m in height when mature.
  • Xeromorphic: Plants morphologically adapted to dry conditions such as with extremely scleromorphic or strongly reduced leaves, green branches without leaves or succulent stems, some with thorns.
  • Hydromorphic: Plants morphologically adapted for life in water-dominated or aquatic habitats.
  • Palustrine: Nontidal wetlands dominated by trees, shrubs, persistent emergents, emergent mosses or lichens, and all such wetlands occurring in tidal areas where salinity due to ocean-derived salts is below 0.50%. Marshes, swamps, bogs, fens, and prairie potholes are Palustrine wetlands.
TOOLTIPS

Topics

Click on each target “Topic” to complete the associated “Comments…” and “Relevance…” fields. For any Topic categories that don’t apply to the CAP site, click (exclude) to the right of the topic name.

Notes on Land Cover/Land Use Topics

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of any Land Cover/Land Use Topics.
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • E.g., “Get relevance info for xeromorphic shrubland.”

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

For each selected Topic:

Relevance to Contaminant Assessment

Explain why this information is relevant to the CAP (PI’s interpretation).
Limit: 2000 characters.

Comments on [habitat type]

Enter any comments regarding the land cover/land use chosen for the FWS unit.
Limit: 2000 characters.

Section 3.4. Management Activity Assessment

This section is used to document ongoing or historic resource management actions taken on the FWS unit important to the assessment of contaminants’ effects on that unit’s resources. Use this section to provide brief descriptions and comments for each applicable management activity on the FWS unit, including location, scale, intensity, and duration. Management Activities from CIMAS have been imported for the historical record.

Management Activities 

  • Grazing
  • Logging
  • Military
  • Mining
  • On-Site Pest Management Activities
  • Other Use
  • Previous Baseline or Reference Monitoring
  • Recreational Activities
  • Research on non-T&E species
  • Wilderness

For each topic, you may:

  • Save: Saves record and shows data on final report (if selected to show).
  • Save as Draft: Saves data entered but topic will show as incomplete (red flag) and not show on the report.
  • Exclude Topic: Excludes the topic from the report.
TOOLTIPS

Topics

Click on each target “Topic” to complete the associated fields. For any Topic categories that don’t apply to the CAP site, click (exclude) to the right of the topic name.

Notes on Other/User-Defined Sites

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of Management Activity Topics. Limit: 2000 characters.

  • E.g., “Get generic name of herbicide used by contractor and add to on-site pest mgmt activities.”

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

For each selected Topic:

Relevance to Contaminant Assessment

Explain why this information is relevant to the CAP (PI’s interpretation).
Limit: 2000 characters.

Comments on [management activity]

Enter any comments regarding the management activity chosen for the FWS unit.
Limit: 2000 characters. 

Section 4. Other/User-Defined Sites  

The steps in this section will help the PI inventory local sites that may be of importance later for the CAP. These “other” or “user-defined” sites include off-site places that support trust species (”other”) and/or can serve as contaminant sources (“user-defined”). (Note that trust resources occurring on the FWS unit are inventoried in Section 3, Species Assessment.) Federally regulated point sources of pollution such as wastewater discharge permits, air emission permits, and hazardous waste site activities should not be considered in Section 4 because they are inventoried in Section 6 from EPA databases. 

Use Section 4 to:

  • Identify the local sites that may be of importance later for the CAP,
  • Describe their locations,
  • Describe the characteristics of each area and its relevance to the CAP, and
  • Categorize any documented or suspected contaminant problems.

Trust species (“other”) sites that occur off of the FWS unit could support ecological receptors that visit and are exposed to contaminants at the Potentially Contaminated Areas (PCAs) identified in Section 8. As such, they may serve as biotic transport pathways to move contaminants from sources outside of the FWS unit into the FWS unit. Examples include:

  • Bird rookeries, eagle nests or eyries
  • Other bird nesting or roosting areas or migratory stopover sites
  • Mammal colonies, including hibernacula
  • Large-mammal bedding grounds
  • Marine mammal breeding, wintering, or migratory stopover sites
  • Other communal grounds

“User-defined sites” either on or off of the FWS unit that might be contaminant sources can include nonpoint sources of pollution or point sources that are not tracked in EPA databases of federally regulated point sources (Section 6). User-defined sites identified in this Section that have a transport pathway to the FWS unit (defined in Section 5) are further characterized in Section 6 under User-Defined Contaminant Sites. Examples include: 

  • Landfills, dumps, disposal ditches or ravines
  • Wells, outfalls, seeps or springs
  • Shooting ranges
  • Agricultural fields that include chemical use
  • Spill sites

Note: Be sure to check EnviroTrack, the FWS database of suspected contaminant sites on refuges, hatcheries, or other FWS facilities, for possible contaminant sources on or near your CAP site. Be aware that not all suspected contaminant sites or FWS facilities will be in the EnviroTrack database. If, during your CAP, you discover a suspected contaminant site at an FWS facility that is not in the EnviroTrack database, please notify Andrea McLaughlin in the FWS Environmental Compliance Branch at andrea_mclaughlin@fws.gov.

Also consider checking state databases and collect local knowledge from personnel that attend CAP meetings to identify other potential contaminant sources, such as old landfills, underground storage tanks, air emissions, hazardous waste sites, etc.

Note: If your “Other/User-Defined Site” is potentially contaminated and on the FWS unit, Section 8 is where you now will address this issue.

TOOLTIPS

Other/User-Defined Sites

This is a list of important non-FWS sites near or within the “approved boundary” potentially used by or affecting trust resources (species, communities, etc.). Add new sites by clicking "Add new site." Edit existing site records by clicking on the site name, which opens up the Editor.

Link: Add new site

Opens the Site Editor for entering a new site of concern.

Notes on Other/User-Defined Sites

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of this worksheet. Limit: 2000 characters.

  • E.g., “Get and add point coordinates.”

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

Section 4.1. [Other/User‐Defined Sites] Site Editor

Enter by clicking Add new site.

TOOLTIPS

Name of the Area

Enter the name of the area used by trust resources. Limit: 80 characters

  • e.g., The Ali Creek Rookery

Description

Enter a brief description of the area and its importance.
Limit: 2000 characters.

Location/Address

Enter a text description of the site location, and/or a street address, to assist in locating the area. Limit: 2000 characters.

  • e.g., 5 miles northwest of FWS unit on Ali Creek.

Point Location

Enter the point location for the site using lat/long coordinates (others are not yet enabled). If you make a mistake, click Clear to reset to blank fields.

Is this location ON or OFF FWS lands?

Click the radiobutton for “On” or “Off.” The default is “Off.”

Section 5. Transport Pathways

This section identifies pathways by which contaminants can reach a refuge or hatchery, including air (wind), biota, surface waters, or aquifers (ground water).

Use Section 5 to:

  • List and describe pathways that are transporting or could transport contaminants from their source to the FWS unit, along with their relevance or importance to the CAP.

Previously entered pathways are listed by name. To edit, click on the pathway name to open the editor. To remove it from this CAP to the “Removed Records” archive, click “Remove” (this excludes the record from the CAP report). To open a form for entering additional pathways, click the “Add New…” link.

Section 5.1. Surface Water

Use this subsection to identify and describe watercourse characteristics that could directly or indirectly transport contaminants from their sources to the FWS unit. The description of the surface water pathway should focus on general information like flows, gage station locations, seasonal influences, function relative to the FWS unit, overall description of health (state designation if available), etc.

TOOLTIPS

Surface Water Pathways

Lists recorded surface water pathways for contaminants. To edit existing surface-water pathways contributing to the FWS unit, click on the watercourse name on the list. To remove it from consideration in the CAP, click Remove. To define a new pathway, click Add New Surface Water Pathway.

Link: Show Removed Records

View removed records with included records on one list. Removed records are so designated.

Link: Add New Surface Water Pathway

Opens the editor for adding a new pathway.

Notes on Surface Water Pathways

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of this worksheet. Limit: 2000 characters.

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

5.1.1. Surface Water Pathway Editor

Enter by clicking Add New Surface Water Pathway.

TOOLTIPS

Name of the watercourse

Enter the name of the watercourse. Limit: 80 characters.

  • e.g., Raft River Basin

Describe the location of the watercourse in relation to the FWS unit

Enter the approximate location where the watercourse enters the FWS unit.
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • e.g., Raft River Bay on south side of Minidoka NWR.

Comments about the surface watercourse and its importance to the study

Enter a description and/or comments regarding the surface watercourse and its importance to the study. The description of the pathway should focus on general information like flows, gage station locations, seasonal influences, function relative to the FWS unit, overall description of health (state designation if available) etc. This form should not be used to enumerate individual sources. The information entered is left to the PI’s discretion. Limit: 2000 characters.

  • e.g., Watershed drains irrigated and non-irrigated cropland, pasture land, rangeland, and forest land.

Section 5.2. Ground Water

Use this subsection to identify and describe aquifer characteristics that could directly or indirectly transport contaminants from their sources to the FWS unit. The description of the pathway should focus on general information like flows, gradients, depth, and hydrologic connections to the surface. In addition, summarize information about known contaminant issues, e.g., number and location of tested wells, results of tests, and actions taken as a result of testing (state designations if available). Describe influences on and function relative to the FWS unit.

TOOLTIPS

Ground Water Pathways

Lists recorded ground water pathways for contaminants. To edit a previously entered groundwater pathway contributing to the FWS unit, click its name to open the editor. To remove it from consideration in the CAP, click Remove. To define a new pathway, click Add New Ground Water Pathway.

Link: Show Removed Records

View removed records with included records on one list. Removed records are so designated.

Link: Add New Ground Water Pathway

Opens the editor for adding a new pathway.

Notes on Ground Water Pathways

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of this worksheet.
Limit: 2000 characters.

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

5.2.1. Ground Water Pathway Editor

Enter by clicking Add New Ground Water Pathway.

TOOLTIPS

Name/identifier of the aquifer

Enter the name or identifier of the aquifer. Limit: 80 characters.

  • e.g., The Eastern Snake River plain aquifer

Describe the location of the aquifer in relation to the FWS unit

Enter the approximate location where the ground water enters the FWS unit.
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • e.g., The aquifer flows from east to west and surrounds the entire FWS unit.

Comments about the aquifer and its importance to the study

Enter a description and/or comments regarding the aquifer and its importance to the study. The description of the pathway should focus on general information like flows, gradients, depth, and hydrologic connections to the surface. In addition, summarize information about known contaminant issues, e.g., number and location of tested wells, results of tests, and actions taken as a result of testing (state designations if available). Describe influences on and, function relative to the FWS unit. This form should not be used to enumerate individual sources. The information entered is left to the PI’s discretion.
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • e.g., A state ground-water vulnerability study has designated most of the southern side of the FWS unit as "very high vulnerability."

Section 5.3. Air

Use this subsection to describe how wind from certain directions could directly or indirectly transport contaminants from their sources to the FWS unit. Select and comment on the major wind directions contributing to the FWS unit. The eight wind directions are north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-west, west, and north-west. All wind directions are included by default. You may exclude wind directions that would have no impact on contaminant transport.

Click on each relevant pathway to complete associated fields. For any listed wind directions that don’t apply to the CAP site, click (exclude).

TOOLTIPS

Direction

Choose from 8 wind directions that could be contributing contaminants to the FWS unit. Click on a direction to add or edit details, or on (exclude) if the wind direction does not exist or is not of concern.

Directions that do not exist

List of wind directions determined not relevant to this CAP.

Notes on Air Pathways

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of this worksheet.
Limit: 2000 characters.

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

5.3.1. Air Pathway Editor

Enter by clicking on the appropriate wind condition.

TOOLTIPS

General description of this wind pattern

Enter a description about this wind pattern. Content can include identifying the percent of time that the wind direction dominates in the area. Limit: 2000 characters.

  • e.g., A strong northeasterly wind often predominates in this area, usually over 50 percent of the time.

Comments about the wind pattern and its importance to the study

Enter any comments regarding the wind pattern and its importance to the study. Content can include the description of the general nature of the land use activities in that airshed, and the areas of the FWS unit that might be impacted from sources in that direction. The information entered is left to the PI’s discretion. Limit: 2000 characters.

  • e.g., Paper processing emissions may enter FWS unit either by air or water.

Section 5.4. Biotic

Immigrating and/or resident or local organisms can transport bioaccumulated chemicals in their tissues. Use this subsection to describe species assemblages that are most likely to transmit or have a significant impact on the FWS unit as biological vectors of appreciable amounts of contaminants. The scope of the biotic transport area of interest should generally be limited to local areas unless sufficient information is available to expand it.

A biotic assemblage (type) should be included ONLY IF all of the following are true:

  1. Tissue concentration and abundance of contaminated biota is sufficient on the refuge to contribute a significant contaminants load to the land or result in significant contaminants entry into the food chain,
  2. The organisms are present on the refuge for a significant amount of time, AND
  3. There are identifiable areas where biota are exposed to contaminants that are likely to bioaccumulate.

Present assemblages, or “Type of biota,” include:

  • Algae and plants
  • Insects, worms, etc.
  • Mollusks
  • Crustaceans
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Mammals

For any listed items that don’t apply to the CAP site, click (Remove) to the right of its name. This will place the record in the Removed Records file; view again by clicking Show Removed Records.

TOOLTIPS

Biotic Pathways

List of biotic assemblages entered and active. Click on the record to edit it, or click Remove to exclude it. This will place the record in the Removed Records file; view removed records by clicking Show Removed Records. To add a new biotic type as a pathway, click Add New Biotic Pathway .

Link: Show Deleted Records

View removed records with included records on one list.

Link: Add New Biotic Pathway

Opens the editor for adding a new biotic pathway.

Last Updated

Date and time of last edit to this biotic pathway (assemblage).

Notes on Biotic Pathways

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of this worksheet.
Limit: 2000 characters.

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

5.4.1. Biotic Pathway Editor

Enter by clicking Add New Biotic Pathway.

TOOLTIPS

Type of Biota

Click to select a biotic type (species assemblage) from the picklist.

Locations on the FWS unit used extensively by this biotic type

Name and describe the locations on the FWS unit used extensively by this biotic type.
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • e.g., Tule Island, Bird Island, Lake Walcott, water control units 1 and 2 (in Minidoka NWR).

Comments about this biotic type and its importance to the study

Enter a description and/or comments regarding this assemblage and its importance to the study. Content can include a description of the contaminants likely to be involved, and the location relative to the FWS unit where the species are suspected of being exposed. Mention any listed or other particular species that may be involved. The information entered is left to the PI’s discretion. Limit: 2000 characters.

  • e.g., Birds migrating to other states (or countries) may transport contaminants (e.g., organochlorines) back to refuge upon return.

Section 6. Contaminant Sources

This section addressed federally regulated contaminant sites that fall within the approved or the existing refuge boundary of the FWS unit. Sites are imported from EPA databases to provide a list of potential contaminant point sources (facilities) in a given area. Facilities are classified as one of several EPA-regulated types—TRI, AIRS, ERCLIS, PCS/NPDES, and RCRIS—or as “Other/User-Defined Sites” entered in Section 4.

Use Section 6 to:

  • Document potential contaminant sources that could be impacting the FWS unit, including their locations, contaminant categories, and transport mechanisms.

Each site is listed as being within the approved boundary, within the existing boundary, or at a distance from the unit of 0–10 km, 10–30 km, or 30+ km.

Review each listed site. Either (1) leave it in the CAP (as a potential contaminant contributor) and complete associated fields, or (2) exclude it (no potential contribution determined). Clicking on a given site opens the Site Editor for adding data related to the facility; this should be done for all included facilities.

Once you have completed data entry for all included sites, you may click “Exclude all unreviewed sites” to remove them as a group to the “Excluded from study” list.

Note: These lists are as current as the EPA databases, and can be updated on the CAP’s Overview page by clicking the “Refresh EPA Data” button. To learn more about the EPA databases, visit Envirofacts at http://www.epa.gov/enviro/.

Note: Be sure to check for TMDL or 303(d) listed impaired waters from USEPA databases, as these are now very important for the CAP and for Refuges to track.

Section 6.1. TRI Sites

Lists EPA Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) sites that have been imported from this EPA database. This database provides information on toxic chemicals used, manufactured, transported, or released into the environment. It also includes air, surface water, and land release data, along with underground injection and historic data.

All listed sites must be reviewed or excluded. Click on each target contaminant site to complete associated fields. For any listed items that don’t apply to the CAP site, click (exclude) to the right of its name.

Note: Be sure to check for TMDL or 303(d) listed impaired waters from USEPA databases, as these are now very important for the CAP and for Refuges to track.

TOOLTIPS

Notes on TRI Sites

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of this worksheet. Limit: 2000 characters.

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

Section 6.2. PCS/NPDES Sites

Lists EPA Permit Compliance System (PCS) sites that have been imported from this EPA database. This is also termed the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) database, which records water-discharge data on facilities nationwide.

All listed sites must be reviewed or excluded. Click on each target contaminant site to complete associated fields. For any listed items that don’t apply to the CAP site, click (exclude) to the right of its name.

TOOLTIPS

Notes on PSC/NPDES Sites

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of this worksheet.
Limit: 2000 characters.

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

Section 6.3. CERCLIS Sites

Lists EPA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Information System (CERCLIS) sites that have been imported from this EPA database. The database (also termed the "Superfund" database) includes information on hazardous waste sites, site inspections, preliminary assessments, and remedial status.

All listed sites must be addressed (reviewed) or excluded. Click on each target contaminant site to complete associated fields. For any listed items that don’t apply to the CAP site, click (exclude) to the right of its name.

TOOLTIPS

Notes on CERCLIS Sites

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of this worksheet.
Limit: 2000 characters.

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

Section 6.4. AIRS Sites

Lists EPA Aerometric Information Retrieval System Facility Subsystem (AIRS) sites that have been imported from this EPA database. This includes information on emissions, compliance, and permit data for stationary sources regulated by the EPA and state and local air pollution agencies. It is used primarily for criteria air pollutants, but contains some air toxics.

All listed sites must be addressed (reviewed) or excluded. Click on each target contaminant site to complete associated fields. For any listed items that don’t apply to the CAP site, click (exclude) to the right of its name.

TOOLTIPS

Notes on AIRS Sites

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of this worksheet.
Limit: 2000 characters.

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

Section 6.5. RCRIS Sites

Lists EPA Resource Conservation and Recovery Information System (RCRIS) sites that have been imported from this EPA database. The database includes information on handlers and storage facilities, such as handler permit or closure status, compliance with Federal and State regulations, and cleanup activities.

All listed sites must be addressed (reviewed) or excluded. Click on each target contaminant site to complete associated fields. For any listed items that don’t apply to the CAP site, click (exclude) to the right of its name.

TOOLTIPS

Notes on RCRIS Sites

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of this worksheet.
Limit: 2000 characters.

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

Section 6.6. Other/User-Defined Sites

All sites entered in Section 4, Other/User-Defined Sites, are included by default and must be addressed (reviewed) or excluded. Click on each target contaminant site to complete associated fields. For any listed items that don’t apply to the CAP site, click (exclude) to the right of its name.

TOOLTIPS

Notes on User-Defined Sites

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of this worksheet.
Limit: 2000 characters.

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

Site Editor:

Pathways that allow contaminant(s) to reach the trust area

Select, in each subsequent pathway-type field, any known pathways to this site.

Surface Water

Choose from picklist of previously identified watercourse pathways for this site by clicking on the field. Click on each name to add it to the field, or click the to the left of the name to exclude it. Your selections are added to the field.

Ground Water

Choose from picklist of previously identified ground water pathways for this CAP by clicking on the field. Click on each name to add it to the field, or click the to the left of the name to exclude it. Your selections are added to the field.

Air

Choose from picklist of previously identified airborne pathways for this site by clicking on the field. Click on each name to add it to the field, or click the to the left of the name to exclude it. Your selections are added to the field.

Biotic

Choose from picklist of previously identified biotic pathways for this site by clicking on the field. Click on each name to add it to the field, or click the to the left of the name to exclude it. Your selections are added to the field.

Contacts linked to this site

Choose one or more names, in turn, from the picklist, which is the master list of contacts for this CAP. To select an existing person, click on the name; this action lists it in the field. To delete a name, click the to the left of the name. If the person's name is not present in the picklist, go to Section 2.2, Background: Contacts and enter the new name and contact information. Then return to this list to select it.

Comments

Text field for any comments about the site.

  • e.g., “Excluding this site will not affect refuge resources.”

Section 6.7. Summary of Contaminant Sites

Lists EPA and Other/User-Defined Sites by type. Click on site name to view or modify.

TOOLTIPS

Notes on Contaminant Sites

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of this worksheet.
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • e.g., “Check if CERCLIS site is applicable.”

Section 6.8. Contaminant Sites Summarized by Transport Pathway

Lists sites by transport pathway(s) identified in Section 5 or in the Section 6 site record for contamination from those sites. Click on site name to view or modify. The first column is the specific pathway; the second column lists specific sites.

Section 7. Field Reconnaissance

This section documents information obtained during field reconnaissance, or visits to areas of particular significance to the CAP, to assess or verify site conditions.

Use Section 7 to:

  • Identify and locate a field reconnaissance site.
  • Record details of site visits.

Listed are contaminant sources designated in Section 6 that may be candidates for field reconnaissance, designated as areas on-refuge or off-refuge. Sites can be selected for field recon or excluded as not needing it. The sites themselves can also be edited using the (edit site) link. To “address” (enter or edit field recon info about) the area, click on its name.

In this new version of CAP, you will be able to record multiple visits to a given site by entering a unique date for each visit. Therefore, site description/location and reconnaissance details have separate editors:

Site Editor: To identify, describe, and locate a site, click Add a new Field Reconnaissance Site; or to edit a site listed on the Field Reconnaissance page, click “(edit site)” beside the site name. Both actions open the “Site Editor.”

Field Reconnaissance Visit Editor: To record a new site visit, first click on the site name, then click “Add a new visit”; or to edit a previous site visit, click on the “Date Visited.” Both actions open the “Field Reconnaissance Visit Editor,” where you can enter/edit the visit date, who visited, relevance, biota observed, habitat types, whether the site is a Potentially Contaminated Area (PCA), and point location.

TOOLTIPS

Field Reconnaissance [page title]

This lists contaminant sources entered in Section 6 that may be candidates for field reconnaissance. To “address” (enter or edit field recon info about) the area, click on its name.

Areas On-Refuge

This is a list of on-refuge areas that have been visited for field reconnaissance. Enter new areas by clicking Add a new Field Reconnaissance Site. Edit existing areas by clicking “(edit site)” beside the site name to open the Site Editor. To add a site visit, click the area name to open the Field Reconnaissance Visits page; from there, you can edit a visit or add a new one. To designate that the site does not need reconnaissance, click (exclude).

Areas Off-Refuge

This is a list of off-refuge areas that have been visited for field reconnaissance. Enter new areas by clicking Add a new Field Reconnaissance Site. Edit existing areas by clicking “(edit site)” beside the site name to open the Site Editor. To add a site visit, click the area name to open the Field Reconnaissance Visits page; from there, you can edit a visit or add a new one. To designate that the site does not need reconnaissance, click (exclude).

No Reconnaissance Needed

Excluded sites are listed here (yellow flags).

Link: Add a new Field Reconnaissance Site

Opens the Site Editor to enter a new site needing field recon.

Notes on Field Reconnaissance

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of this worksheet.
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • E.g., “Made 2 visits, one in spring and one in late summer.”

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

Section 7.1. [Add New Field Recon] Site Editor

Enter by clicking “(edit site)” beside the target site’s name.

TOOLTIPS

Name of the Area

Enter the name or identifier of the area. Limit: 80 characters.

  • e.g., The confluence of the Raft River with the refuge boundary.

Description of area and importance to the study

Describe the characteristics of the area and its relevance to the CAP process.
Limit: 2000 characters.

Location/Address

Enter a text description of the site location, and/or a street address, to assist in locating the area. Field length limit: 2000 characters

  • e.g., 5 miles northwest of FWS unit on Ali Creek.

Point Location

Enter the point location for the site using lat/long coordinates (others are not yet enabled). If you make a mistake, click Clear to reset to blank fields.

Is this location ON or OFF FWS lands?

Click the radiobutton for “On” or “Off.” The default is “Off.”

 

Section 7.2. Field Reconnaissance Visits [page]

This page opens when you click on the name of a site. It records any visits entered, where you can edit a visit by clicking on its “Date Visited,” or you can “Add a New Visit.” You may also delete visits (from showing in the report) visits by clicking on the “(delete)” and view deleted visits by clicking “Show Deleted Records.”

Section 7.3. Field Reconnaissance Visit Editor

Enter this page by clicking on a site name on the Field Recon home page or by clicking a “Date Visited” entry or “Add a New Visit” on the Field Reconnaissance Visits page.

TOOLTIPS

Date of Field Reconnaissance

Click on the calendar to select a date.

Reconnaissance by

Choose one or more names from the picklist, which is the master list of contacts for this CAP. To select or deselect an existing person, click on the name. If the person's name is not present in the picklist, go to Section 2.2, Background: Contacts and enter the new name and contact information. Then return to this list to select it.

Description of area and importance to study

This description is carried forward from the Site Editor (when the site was first entered).

Relevance to contaminant assessment

Explain why this information is relevant to the CAP (PI's interpretation).
Limit: 2000 characters.

Flora and/or Fauna seen during the reconnaissance

Enter any biota seen during the reconnaissance. Limit: 2000 characters.

Major habitat types/land uses that apply to this area

Click the checkboxes for all applicable choices from the picklist of the major habitat types/land uses designated in Section 3. The type/use will be listed below the field. To delete a type/use, click its name on the list.

Is this site a Potentially Contaminated Area?

Click either the “Yes” or “No” radio button, then save. You will enter more about this in Section 8. Potentially Contaminated Areas (PCAs).

Point Location

Enter the point location for the site using lat/long coordinates (others are not yet enabled). If you make a mistake, click Clear to reset to blank fields.

Section 8. Potentially Contaminated Areas (PCAs)

This section is used to identify Potentially Contaminated Areas associated with pathways that are likely to conduct or transport pollutants released from point and nonpoint sources to or within the FWS unit. Sampling data can indicate whether a contaminant’s input into a pathway is likely, suspected, or actual.

Use Section 8 to:

  • Identify areas where sampling activities will be conducted to confirm the presence and/or effects of contaminants, and
  • Collect baseline information to support potential natural resource damage assessments.
TOOLTIPS

Areas

Lists areas subject to contamination from sources selected in Section 6. Modify existing areas by clicking the area name. Enter a new area by clicking Create New PCA Site.

Excluded Areas

These sites will not be included in the CAP or show on the report.

Link: Create New PCA Site

Opens the Site Editor to enter a new Potentially Contaminated Area.

Notes on Potentially Contaminated Area

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of this worksheet.
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • E.g., “Get pt coords for Test Area 2.”

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

Section 8.1. [Create New PCA] Site Editor

Enter by clicking Create New PCA Site. This opens the Site Editor to enter a new Potentially Contaminated Area. 

TOOLTIPS

Name of the Area

Enter the name or identifier of the area.
Limit: 80 characters.

  • e.g., The confluence of the Raft River with the refuge boundary.

Description

Describe the characteristics of the area and the principal assessment issues for this site (sensitive key species, importance of this area to the system, primary threats).
Limit: 2000 characters.

Location/Address

Enter a text description of the site location, and/or a street address, to assist in locating the area. Field length limit: 2000 characters

  • e.g., 5 miles northwest of FWS unit on Ali Creek.

Point Location

Enter the point location for the site using lat/long coordinates (others are not yet enabled). If you make a mistake, click Clear to reset to blank fields.

Is this location ON or OFF FWS lands?

Click the radiobutton for “On” or “Off.” The default is “Off.”

Section 8.2. Potentially Contaminated Area Site Editor

Enter by clicking “(edit site)” beside the target site’s name.

TOOLTIPS

Description of site

For “Other/User-Defined Sites,” the “Description of site” is autopopulated from the description entered in Section 4. For new sites, enter the description here.

Rationale for selecting this site

Enter the rationale for selecting this site based on the considerations in the description of site.

  • e.g., “If a train derailment occurs upstream of the refuge, a variety of hazardous substances could be spilled. The spilled material would likely reach the refuge and impact trust resources. A number of quiet backwater areas exist on the refuge where impacts could be observed.”

Select the level of contamination for this area

Use the descriptions given to categorize the known or suspected contaminant problems as a Level 1, 2, 3, or 4 contamination.

Point Location

Enter the point location for the site using lat/long coordinates (others are not yet enabled). If you make a mistake, click Clear to reset to blank fields.

Section 9. Areas Subject to Spills

This section identifies Areas Subject to Spills on FWS units for those pathways where no significant ongoing contaminant input is suspected. However, the land is crossed by a transportation route (railway, highway, or navigation channel) that is used by a variety of hazardous substance carriers (Contamination level 4).

Use Section 9 to:

  • Identify areas that are sensitive to accidental spills of hazardous materials, and
  • Determine where sampling activities will be conducted to document pre-spill conditions.

In the event of a spill, these measurements can support a natural resource damage assessment by documenting the pre-spill conditions.

TOOLTIPS

Areas

Lists areas subject to spills from sources selected in Section 6. Modify existing areas by clicking the area name. Enter a new area by clicking Create New Area Subject to Spill Site.

Link: Create New Area Subject to Spill Site

Opens the Site Editor to enter a new area subject to contamination from spills.

Excluded Areas

Lists areas you want to exclude from consideration and the CAP report.

Notes on Area Subject to Spills

This is a personal-use area for the PI; this field is NOT included in the CAP report. Use this field to enter reminders or note the status of this worksheet.
Limit: 2000 characters.

  • E.g., “Get pt coords for Subject Area 2.”

File Attachments

Use to upload supporting files. Click “Browse” to locate and highlight the file, click “Open” in the browser window, then click “Upload” to include the file in the CAP. The filename(s) will appear in a list below the field. Click “Delete” to remove an attachment. This action is immediate: a banner at the top of the page will note that the “Attachment has been deleted.”

Select maps for report display

Choose the map views that you want to display on the report by clicking in the appropriate checkboxes. The selected map views will display at the end of this section of the CAP report. To deselect, click again on the checkbox. To create a new map view for a section, click on the "Location" tab and save a new view of the map provided there. Then return to this section to select it.

Section 9.1. [Create New Area Subject to Spill] Site Editor

Enter by clicking Create New Area Subject to Spill Site. This opens the Site Editor where you can enter a new area subject to contamination from spills.

TOOLTIPS

Name of the Area

Enter the name or identifier of the area. Limit: 80 characters.

  • e.g., The confluence of the Raft River with the refuge boundary.

Description

Describe the characteristics of the area and the principal assessment issues for this site (sensitive key species, importance of this area to the system, primary threats).
Limit: 2000 characters.

Location/Address

Enter a text description of the site location, and/or a street address, to assist in locating the area. Limit: 2000 characters

  • e.g., 5 miles northwest of FWS unit on Ali Creek.

Point Location

Enter the point location for the site using lat/long coordinates (others are not yet enabled). If you make a mistake, click Clear to reset to blank fields.

Is this location ON or OFF FWS lands?

Click the radiobutton for “On” or “Off.” The default is “Off.”

Section 9.2. Area Subject to Spill Site Editor

Enter by clicking “(edit site)” beside the target site name. 

 

TOOLTIPS

Description of site

For “Other/User-Defined Sites” entered in Section 4 or for new sites added in Section 9, the “Description of site” is autopopulated.

Rationale for selecting this site

Enter the rationale for selecting this site based on the considerations in the description of site.

  • e.g., “If a hazmat truck overturns on the highway crosscutting the refuge, a variety of hazardous substances could be spilled. The spilled material could enter the refuge and impact trust resources, especially wetlands on either side of the road.”

Point Location

Enter the point location for the site using lat/long coordinates (others are not yet enabled). If you make a mistake, click Clear to reset to blank fields.

Section 10. Narrative Report of Contaminant Issues

The report in this section serves as an “executive summary” of the significant contaminant issues affecting an FWS unit, revealed by the retrospective analysis documented in the CAP. As such, it should be written in concise, clear, nontechnical language describing what was done, what was found, what it means, and recommended actions. It will be useful to managers and others who need an overview of the CAP and its findings.

Use Section 10 to provide:

  • A general description of contaminant issues,
  • Descriptions of the potentially contaminated areas and the areas subject to spills, and
  • Recommended future steps (e.g., confirmatory sampling, pre-spill sampling, review CAP in x years’ time).

In particular, the primary investigator should also address whether the resources at risk identified in Section 8, Potentially Contaminated Areas (PCAs), or the exposure to contaminants in general within the PCAs, have the potential to limit the FWS unit purpose and goals and/or the management activities identified in Section 3, Assessment Considerations.

Note: This section has no character limit. The report is written to a text file and is not a database entry.

Mapper Help

CAP provides three different types of maps that allow you to view and manage sites that have geographic locations

Map for viewing sites with geographic locations

To view the location of sites for a CAP Study, the viewing map allows you to control visible layers, zoom, and move the map to view a desired location.

  1. Navigate to a section of CAP containing a collection of sites.
    • Section 4 - Other/User-Defined Sites (this contains a list of sites, but the map includes editing tools)
    • Section 5 - Transport Pathways
      • Surface Water
      • Ground Water
      • Biotic
    • Section 6 - Contaminant Sources
      • Other/User-Defined Sites
    • Section 7 - Field Reconnaissance
      • Reconnaissance Sites
      • Field Reconnaissance Visit
    • Section 8 - Potentially Contaminated Areas
    • Section 9 - Areas Subject to Spill
  2. Choose an individual site to manage.
  3. View the map, and other detailed attributes about the site.

Map for editing sites with geographic locations

To edit the geometry that defines the location of a site, tools are provided to add, remove, and modify geometry for a selected Site.

  • A site may be a point, linear, or polygonal feature
  • A site may have more than one geometry type - for example, a site may have a point, line, and polygon
  • A site may have more than one geometry - for example, a site may have several lines in different places that all need to be managed as a single unit in CAP
  • You may set the point location with coordinates if they are known

When editing Sites with geographic locations, it is important to be aware of how the underlying data is related. The relationships are simple, but not self-apparent. The following relationships exist.

  • Each specific type of site (eg. Potentially Contaminated Area), has a single but separate Site. This is simply a named location. This allows a single Site to be referenced as a Potentially Contaminated Area, Area Subject to Spill, and a Field Reconnaissance Site, etc.
  • A single Site may have many geographic locations. For example, a Site may have many polygons.

This relationship structure allows the attributes to be assigned at the correct level.

  • Specific types of sites include attributes related to that type - for example, Contamination Level is an attribute of the Potentially Contaminated Area
  • The Site of the specific type of site allow you to record the name, and other general location information. 
  • The Geometry of the Site allows you to draw the location

 

The following steps will allow you to edit a site location

  1. Choose a section that contains a collection of editable sites
    • Section 4 - Other/User-Defined Sites
    • Section 5 - Transport Pathways
      • Surface Water
      • Ground Water
      • Biotic
    • Section 6 - Contaminant Sources
      • Other/User-Defined Sites
    • Section 7 - Field Reconnaissance
      • Reconnaissance Sites
      • Field Reconnaissance Visit
    • Section 8 - Potentially Contaminated Areas
    • Section 9 - Areas Subject to Spill
  2. Choose the record that you want to edit
  3. Click on the "Edit Site Location" button
  4. Use the Site Editor map to specify the geographic location with the available drawing tools

Map for managing Contaminant Source Sites

To review large quantities of Contaminant Source Sites in section 6, the Contaminant Source Review map provides the ability to view details about selected Contamination Source Sites, and enter data necessary for review or exclusion.

  1. Navigate to Section 6 - Contamination Source Sites
  2. Choose a category you want to manage
  3. On the page listing all of the sites, click on the "View these sites on a map" button
  4. This will present a layer displaying sites that can be visually inspected and reviewed.

 

 

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