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Introduction

SDARTT is an interactive map tool used to document and track disturbance and reclamation efforts associated with surface activity requiring a BLM permit. This data is critical to the BLM’s public land use permitting process due to the number of BLM offices reporting on the 19 disturbance threats SDARTT is tracking. This data can be cross-referenced with various background layers to assist in land use and natural resource management decisions.

SDARTT can be used as a general, public, read-only application or, for approved users, can provide a variety of data uploading and editing capabilities as well.

The three primary objectives of SDARTT are:

1) to develop a dynamic surface disturbance inventory (as-built and legacy disturbance and reclamation data),

2) to use the dynamic surface disturbance inventory to aid in approving or denying new proposed disturbances near PHMAs or within specified analysis areas, and

3) to allow proponents to view, download, and analyze data as needed for reporting purposes.

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Browser Requirements

Browsers currently supported:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Internet Explorer v11 or later

Browsers must have support for Cookies enabled to access this site. Also, some functionality requires JavaScript.

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Registration

To gain access to SDARTT you need to register one of the following:

If you are a Department of Interior (DOI) employee register your DOI email address. DOI email addresses end in the following:

 If you are not a DOI employee register your public email account address. Public email accounts include (but are not limited to):

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To Register

Click on the Self-registration URL – https://blm.sciencebase.gov/sdartt/authorizedUser/register to go to the SDARTT Registration page.

  • Enter your first name, last name and your DOI or public email address

Next choose your Role and Type levels:

To choose your Role level click the radio button next to the role you need. You can choose only one (1) role.

Approver (Super user access) account can:

    • View all data
    • Upload data for your specific offices, districts, states (based on your Type choice)
    • Verify data for the state, district or field office (based on your Type choice)
    • Edit location information for your specific offices, districts, states (based on your Type choice)
    • Approve registration requests
    • You will be able to approve requests for all Roles up to and including your access level
    • You will be able to approve requests for all Types up to your access Type that are in your location area. For example, a State Office approver can approve requests for District and Field Office users for their State.

Verifier account can:

    • View all data
    • Upload data for your specific offices, districts, states (based on your Type choice)
    • Verify data for the state, district or field office (based on your Type choice)
    • Edit location information for your specific offices, districts, states (based on your Type choice)

Editor account can:

    • View all data
    • Upload data for your specific offices, districts, states (based on your Type choice)
    • Edit location information for your specific offices, districts, states (based on your Type choice)

Reader account can:

    • View most data and reports
    • Does not have upload, edit, verify or approve capabilities

 

To choose your access Type click on the radio button next to the access type you need. You can choose only one type.

Types are listed in order from highest to lowest access:

  • National
  • State Office
  • District Office
  • Field Office
  • Reader

For all Types except National and Reader you will also select the location(s).

  • You are able to choose multiple locations
  • Click in the Selection text box to pull up the list of locations or begin typing the name of the office in the text box to narrow your search

To choose multiple locations:

  • Open the office list and click on your first selection
  • Click in the Selection text box again to reopen the office list or start typing in the name of the next location you need
  • Click on your next selection
  • Continue this process until all needed locations have been selected

  • To remove a selected location, click on the X at the right of the location name

  • Click on the "verify the I’m not a robot" spam checker by clicking the check box

  • Once the green check mark appears in the “I’m not a robot” box click the Submit button

  • If your registration is successful the Registration Successful window will appear

You can click on Submit Another Registration if you need to complete another registration or close the Registration window if you are done.

You will receive an email, sent to the email address you registered, from myusgs@usgs.gov once your request has been approved. The email will have the subject SDARTT User Registration Request Approved, and will also contain:

  • Your username
  • Who approved your request
  • What locations were approved

If you registered a public email address you will receive an additional email from myusgs@usgs.gov once your request has been approved.

  • The email will have the subject New myUSGS Account.
  • The email will have your username and temporary password for logging into the SDARTT website the first time.

See the Logging In section of this help document for the steps to log in to SDARTT once you have received your login information and, if needed, changed your password.

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Changing your temporary password

If you registered a public email address you will need to change the temporary password you received in your email with the subject line New myUSGS Account.

You can use the password change link included in the email. The temporary password sent in the email will expire after 90 days.

Note: If you registered a DOI email address you will not receive a temporary password. You will use your Active Directory password to log in to SDARTT.

  • Click the Change Password link in your email. The Change Password link takes you to the myUSGS homepage login screen. Fill in the following information:

Your myUSGS Username. This is the public email address you registered for SDARTT, listed as username in your New myUSGS Account email.

The temporary password you received in your email with the subject line New myUSGS Account.

  • Click Login

You will then be in your myUSGS screen.

  • Verify that your information is correct.

Note: if your information is not correct contact the USGS Service Desk at 703-648-HELP (4357).

  • Click Change Password, you will then be in the Change Password screen

  • Create a new password and type it in the Password box. Your new password must:
    • Be at least 12 characters long
    • Contain at least one upper case letter
    • Contain at least one lower case letter
    • Contain at least one number
    • Contain at least one special (non-alphanumeric) character

  • Confirm your new password by re-typing it in the Confirm Password box

  • Click the Update Password button
  • If a my.usgs.gov says window appears click the OK button

If your password was successfully changed your screen will return to your myUSGS page and the Password updated message will be showing at the top left of the screen.               

If your password change was not successful an error message will appear in the Change Password screen and the Password and Confirm Password boxes will be cleared. Make any adjustments needed to your password, then re-enter and re-confirm it. 

Examples of possible error messages:

  • Password and Confirm Password must match
  • Property (password) of class (class gov.usgs.resources.PasswordCommand) is less than the minimum size of (12)
  • Password must contain at least one lower case character, one upper case character, one digit, and one special (non-alphanumeric) character

Reminder: If you registered a DOI email address you will not receive a temporary password. You will use your Active Directory password to log in to SDARTT.

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Logging In

The SDARTT login page will load:

Forgotten Passwords

*DOI Users - If you forget your password contact the USGS Service Desk at 703-648-HELP (4357).

If you are a DOI employee you can use the USGS Service Desk Web Page as well. (Requires USGS intranet access)

*Non-DOI Users - Forget your Password?

Reset your password here - https://my.usgs.gov/resources/main/forgotPassword

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SDARTT Page

The Surface Disturbance Analysis and Reclamation Tracking Tool 

Navigation

To zoom in or out:

  • Use the scroll wheel on your mouse
  • Use the + and (plus and minus) buttons located in the upper left corner of the map

To drag the map:

  • Hover over the map and hold down the left mouse button
  • The cursor will change to cross arrows
  • While holding down the left mouse button move the mouse to drag the map around
  • Release the left mouse button to stop

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My Account

You can see all of your account information by clicking on your email address in the top right corner of the application. The account information listed includes:

  • User email
  • Current role
  • Current BLM offices
    • If you would like to request additional offices, click on the green "Request Additional Offices" link and a drop-down with all possible offices will appear. Click on all offices you would like to add and click submit.
    • If you would like to request a different role or type, click on Request Different Role or Type and you will see two drop-downs
    • Click the roles or types you would like to request and then click submit
    • A notification will be sent to the appropriate approver
    • You will receive an approved/changed or rejected email when your requests have been approved or rejected

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Identify Results Window

The Identify Results window returns data snapshots of features plotted on the SDARTT map.

To activate the Identify Results window:

  • Left click any point on the map that is populated with feature(s).
  • SDARTT will load data associated with all features in the area you clicked and display that data in the Identify Results window.
  • If you are having difficulty viewing all the data in the window use the bottom scroll bar and drag it to scroll right until you can access the side scroll bar.
  • To activate the tabs within the Identify window, the matching layers must be turned on in the Legend (located in the Task Bar)

You can zoom in to get a single feature’s data or zoom out to get data on several features all at once.

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Switch Basemap

The Switch Basemap menu is located at the upper right of the SDARTT map, just below the Task Bar. Click on the Switch Basemap button to open the menu then click on the Basemap you would like to use.

Note: Switching the Basemap is temporary. It will not load into your files or change the default map view.

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Cap and Decadal Calculation Tables

Draw, Import Shapefile, and Project Tracking Tool all return the Disturbance Cap, Density Cap and Decadal Calculation Tables.

Disturbance Cap Area Table

There are two Disturbance Cap Area Tables:

  • Disturbance Cap (Standard Categories) – shows data for the 19 Standard SDARTT disturbances
  • Disturbance Cap (All Categories) – shows data for the 19 Standard disturbances plus the data for uploaded Agriculture Conversion and Fire disturbances.

For the Draw and Import Shapefile functions, the Disturbance Cap (Standard Categories) Area Table is the table that opens first when the Analysis of Disturbance and Reclamation window opens.

For the Project Tracking Tool function, the table that opens first depends on the location of the project. For Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota the Disturbance Cap (All Categories) table opens first. For all other states, the Disturbance Cap (Standard Categories) will be the first table to open.

Both of the Disturbance Cap reports show the following data:

  • Disturbance Category
  • Restricted Disturbance acreage (Total disturbance acreage minus the exempt reclamation acreage)
  • Percent of Total Acres that are Restricted Disturbance acres
  • Exempt Reclamation acreage (reclamation with status of “final” or “final approved”)
  • Percent of Total Acres that are Exempt Reclamation acres
  • Total Disturbance acreage
  • Percent of Total Acres that are Disturbance acres
  • Disturbance Cap input field

You can enter an optional disturbance cap percentage in the Disturbance Cap input field if desired. Disturbance cap is the maximum amount of disturbed acres allowable within the analysis area e.g. there may be a 5% cap for the analysis area due to its proximity to a Priority Habitat Management Area (PHMA).  

You can export the data by clicking on the PDF or CSV button.

Density Cap Area Table

The Density Cap Area Table tab is located below the Disturbance Cap tables.

Clicking on the Density Cap tab will bring up the Density Cap Area Table.

Currently the Density Cap table shows the following:

  • Disruption Category name (does not include hydroelectric or nuclear energy or any infrastructure disturbance)
  • Number of disruptions per category in the submitted polygon area (disruptions with “final approved” reclamation acreage are not counted)
  • The calculated density per 640 acres per category
  • Total number of disruptions in the submitted polygon area (disruptions with “final approved” reclamation acreage are not counted)
  • The total number of disruptions and calculated density per 640 acres
  • The Density Cap input field

You can enter an optional density cap percentage in the Density Cap input field if desired. You can export the data by clicking on the PDF or CSV button.

Decadal Calculation Table

There are two Decadal Tables:

  • Decadal Calculation (Standard Categories) – shows data for the 19 Standard SDARTT disturbances
  • Decadal Calculation (All Categories) – shows data for the 19 Standard disturbances plus the data for uploaded Agriculture Conversion and Fire disturbances.

For the Draw and Import Shapefile functions, the Decadal Calculations (Standard Categories) Table is the available table when the Analysis of Disturbance and Reclamation window opens.

For the Project Tracking Tool function, the available Decadal table depends on the location of the project. For Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota the Decadal Calculation (All Categories) table is the available table. For all other states, the Decadal Calculation (Standard Categories) will be the available table.

 

The Decadal Calculation tab is located below the Density Cap Area Table.

Clicking on the Decadal Calculation tab will bring up the Decadal Calculation Table.

Currently the Decadal Calculation Table shows the following:

  • Disturbance category
  • Number of disturbed acres per category
  • Percent of disturbed acres per category
  • Total Disturbance Acres
  • Total Percent of disturbed acres
  • Total Allowed Disturbance (currently 3% of total boundary acres)
  • Total Potentially Available Acres Allowed to be Disturbed
  • Total Potentially Available Acres Allowed to be Disturbed – 1st decade
  • Total Potentially Available Acres Allowed to be Disturbed – 2nd decade

You can export the data by clicking on the PDF or CSV button.

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Disturbance Cap Area Table – Project Tracking Tool

The Project Tracking Tool Disturbance Cap table shows the following:

  • Project Status
  • Boundary Type
  • Boundary Acres
  • Existing or Approved Disturbance Acres (does not include associated reclamation acreage with a status of “final” or “final approved)
  • Projected and Unapproved Disturbance Acres
  • Total Disturbance Acres (does not include associated reclamation acreage with a status of “final” or “final approved”)
  • Disturbance Cap input field

You can enter an optional disturbance cap percentage in the Disturbance Cap input field at the bottom of the table if desired. You can export the data by clicking on the PDF or CSV button.

Density Cap Area Table – Project Tracking Tool

The Density Cap tab is located below the Disturbance Cap report.

Clicking on the Density Cap tab will bring up the Density Cap Area Table.

The Project Tracking Tool Density Cap table shows the following:

  • Project Status
  • Boundary Type
  • Boundary Acres
  • Existing or Approved density per 640 acres (disruptions with “final approved” reclamation acreage are not counted)
  • Projected and Unapproved density per 640 acres
  • Total density calculation per 640 acres (disruptions with “final approved” reclamation acreage are not counted)

You can enter an optional density cap percentage in the Density Cap field of the table if desired. You can export the data by clicking on the PDF or CSV button.

Decadal Calculation Table – Project Tracking Tool

The Decadal tab is located below the Density Cap table.

Clicking on the Decadal Calculation tab will bring up the Decadal Calculation Table.

The Project Tracking Tool Decadal Calculation shows the following:

  • Project Status
  • Boundary Type
  • Total Allowed Disturbance (currently 3% of total boundary acres)
  • Existing or Approved Disturbance Acres
  • Projected and Unapproved Disturbance Acres
  • Total Disturbance Acres
  • Total Potentially Available Acres Allowed to be Disturbed
  • Total Potentially Available Acres Allowed to be Disturbed – 1st decade
  • Total Potentially Available Acres Allowed to be Disturbed – 2nd decade

You can export the data by clicking on the PDF or CSV button.

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The Task Bar Tabs

The following tabs are located on the Task Bar at the top of the SDARTT map.

Map Extent Tab

 Click the drop down arrow for options:

  1. Full Extent – full area for the active map
  2. Previous Extent – prior extent view
  3. Next Extent – next extent view – if available

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Measure Tab

Click the Measure tab to open the Measure tool. The Measure Tool window opens in the bottom right corner of the map area. 

Area – click on the drop down arrow to the right of Sq Kilometers to view choices:   

  • Acres
  • Sq Miles
  • Sq Kilometers
  • Hectares
  • Sq Yards
  • Sq Feet
  • Sq Miles

To use the Measure Tool to measure Area:

  • Click on the Measure icon at the top of the screen. The Measure Tool opens in the lower right corner of the webpage. You may have to adjust the size of the webpage to see the measurement results field.
  • Zoom to the area on the map to be measured if necessary
  • To measure area, click the area icon (the left icon)
  • Pick your measurement type. Sq. Kilometers is the default
  • Single click the points on the map to enclose the area you are measuring
  • Double click the last point to complete the measurement
  • Clicking a new point once you have terminated a measurement will start the process over

Distance – click on the drop down arrow to the right of Sq Kilometers to view choices: 

  • Miles
  • Kilometers
  • Feet
  • Meters
  • Yards
  • Nautical Miles

 To use the Measure Tool to measure Distance:

  1. Click on the Measure tab at the top of the screen. The Measure Tool opens in the lower right corner of the webpage. You may have to adjust the size of the webpage to see the measurement results field.
  2. Zoom to the area on the map to be measured if necessary.
  3. To measure distance, click the distance icon (the middle icon) on the Measure Tool.
  4. Pick your measurement type. Kilometers is the default.

Single click the starting point for the measurement. A green marker flag will appear on the map. Move the cursor to the next point and single click. Continue until all needed points are flagged. Double click the final point to terminate the measurement.

  • Clicking a new point once you have terminated a measurement will start the process over. 

Location – click on the drop down arrow to the right of Degrees to view choices:

  • Degrees
  • DMS (Degrees Minutes Seconds)

To use the Measure Tool to find a location’s Longitude and Latitude:

  • Click on the Measure icon at the top of the screen. The Measure Tool opens in the lower right corner of the webpage. You may have to adjust the size of the webpage to see the measurement results field.
  • Zoom to the area on the map to be measured if necessary
  • Click on the Location icon (the icon on the right) in the Measure Tool
  • Choose Degrees or DMS
  • Navigate to the needed location on the map and single click the location, a green flag will appear to mark the point
  • Clicking a new location will move the flag.

Note: To clear measurements from the map, click on a different measurement icon or use the Clear icon located in the Task bar at the top of the web page. Closing the Measure Tool will also clear all measurements from the map.

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Legend Tab

Lists the options for layers. You can select multiple layers at the same time. Default selection is Non-Provisional Features.

The Layers include:

  • All Projects
  • Non-Provisional Features
  • Report Features
  • Land Cover
  • Federal Lands
  • Urbanized (impervious surface)

   

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Draw Tab

Use Draw to draw a polygon around a disturbance and/or reclamation area to view an analysis of the area. The Disturbance Cap, Density Cap, and Decadal Calculation tables are returned.

To draw a polygon:

Navigate to the area you will be querying. Use the scroll wheel on your mouse or the + and (plus and minus) symbols located in the upper left of the SDARTT webpage to zoom in and out.

Click on the Draw tab in the Task Bar.

Move the mouse cursor to the map. A prompt box will appear with instructions for drawing the polygon.

  • Press and hold the left mouse button to start drawing.
  • Trace around the area to enclose it in the polygon.
  • Release the left mouse button to finish the polygon. Make sure not to end at the exact location you started, as this will cause the polygon to error.

Note: If you receive an error that reads, "Error: Invalid input polygon. Please make sure there are no self-intersections and polygon otherwise looks valid." - try redrawing your polygon.

When you draw a polygon, SDARTT will process the polygon and return both a Disturbance and a Density analysis of the area, as well as a Decadal Calculation for the area. This may take a few minutes.

You can enter a Disturbance Cap or Density Cap percentage in the appropriate table if desired, and view the Decadal Calculation table. You can also export the data to a .pdf or .csv document. See the Cap and Decadal Calculation Reports section for more information on these tables.

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Import Shapefile Tab

Used to temporarily load shapefile data to the SDARTT map. This will not add the data to the SDARTT inventory, and the data is cleared from the map once you start another analysis, import another file or choose a new process.

To import data temporarily:

Click on the Import Shapefile tab in the Task Bar. The Import Shapefile window will open. Note that the file you are importing needs to be a .zip file containing:

  • A valid shapefile (SHP)
  • All the associated support files (PRJ, SHX, DBF, etc.)

Click the Choose File button and navigate to the .zip file you wish to load. SDARTT will load the shapefile data (loading time is based on the size of the file).

Once your data is loaded SDARTT will zoom to the location in your shapefile and plot it. The Analysis of Disturbance and Reclamation window will open showing the pertinent data for Disturbance Cap, Density Cap, and Decadal Calculation. You may need to move the Analysis window to uncover the plotted polygon. To move the window, move your cursor to the title bar until cross arrows appear. Hold down your left mouse button and drag the window to a new location.

You can enter a Disturbance Cap or Density Cap percentage in the appropriate table, and view the Decadal Calculation table. You can also export the data to a .pdf or .csv document. See the Cap and Decadal Calculation Reports section for more information on these reports.

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Clear Tab

Use the Clear tab (located on the Task Bar) to clear all temporary data and measurements.

Results Tab

Clicking the Results tab (located on the Task Bar) will recall the Analysis Report window. The Report will have the last data submitted using Draw.

Query Tab

Use Query to generate a report based on multiple criteria (an Ad-Hoc query):

  • BLM Field Office, Location Name, Public Land User
  • Category/Subcategory
  • Reclamation/Project
  • Status/Verified/Provisional
  • LR 2000 Case Type/Number
  • Collection Date
  • Construction Date

To run the Query:

Click on the Query tab on the Task Bar. The Ad-Hoc Query window will open.

Select and/or fill in as many or as few fields as you require.

Select the report Format – one row for each location or on row for each spatial report.

When you are done click the Submit button at the bottom left of the form.

If you need to clear the form click the Reset button at the bottom left of the form.

SDARTT will process the query and return the results in a Results of Query window and zoom the map to the location(s) that match the query. The query returns the following standard data for each location in the result set:

  • Name – the location name (This is a clickable link that will zoom to that location and open the Identify Results window)
  • Field Office – the associated field office name
  • Category – feature category (i.e. Energy (oil and gas))
  • Subcategory – Type of feature (i.e. Well Pad)
  • Last Spatial Report Date – The last Spatial Report date
  • Disturbance Status – as-built or proposed
  • Reclamation Status
  • Project Analysis Area – project id (blank if no linked project)
  • Verified – yes or no
  • Construction Date – date of feature construction
  • LR2000 Case number
  • LR2000 Case number Type – Lease, Unitization, ROW, Permit, Other
  • Public Land User – name of land user

SDARTT will also return type specific data such as Well Number for well pads, Right of Way Width for pipelines, etc. based on the features the query returned. Both standard and type specific data will be returned in the query results whether or not you selected those fields.

Example – if you only selected the BLM Office name, the query results would still include all the standard data listed above as well as any type specific data.

The results of the query can be exported to a .pdf or .csv document, or to a Shapefile. The PDF option includes the map extent showing at the time you export the data. To get a different map extent in the .pdf change the extent prior to exporting to a .pdf.

If you would like to change the parameters of the query use the Change Parameters link in the upper left corner of the Results window.

 

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Reports Tab

Currently there are eight reports available under the reports tab to all access levels:

  • Disturbance by Field Office
  • Disturbance and Reclamation by Field Office
  • Approved Projects Over 3% Cap
  • Constructed per Year
  • Denied Project Analysis Areas
  • Projects Approved per Year
  • State Office Counts
  • Two Year Old Projections

Two additional reports can be viewed by verifier level accounts and viewed/edited by approver level accounts:

  • Authorized Users
  • Users Pending Approval

 

Disturbance by Field Office

This Bar Chart report shows all BLM offices that have disturbances in the SDARTT inventory and how many disturbance acres are associated with that office

Disturbance and Reclamation by Field Office

This Bubble Chart report shows both Disturbance and Reclamation acres per BLM field office.

Approved Projects Over 3% Cap

 The Approved Projects Over 3% Cap report lists all the projects that have been approved that are over the 3% Cap.

Constructed per Year

The Constructed per Year report lists all the disturbance features that had a status change to “As-Built” in the past year (to date).

Denied Project Analysis Areas

The Denied Project Analysis Areas report lists all project analysis areas that have a “denied” status.

Projects Approved per Year

 The Monthly Project Approvals report lists all the projects where the status changed from “Proposed” to “Approved” in the past year (to date).

State Office Counts

The State Office Counts report shows current numbers per state office for the following:

 

  • Number of Projects
  • Number of Project Analysis Areas
  • Number of Project Locations


This report assigns counts based on association with the state office, not the physical location of the project or disturbance. 

Two Year Old Projections

The Two Year Old Projections report lists all spatial data that has been in a “projected” status for over two years.

Authorized Users (verifier/approver accounts only)

The Authorized Users report lists all the SDARTT accounts. Approver level accounts use this report to deactivate accounts.

Users Pending Approval (verifier/approver accounts only)

The Users Pending Approval report lists all requests received that are still waiting approval or rejection. The request will become inactive after 4 weeks and will be dropped from the list at that time. Approver level accounts use this report to approve pending requests.

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Tools Tab

Project Tracking Tool

You can use the Project Tracking tool to do the following: view boundaries, view project edit history, edit project data or run analyses. 

To use the Project Tracking Tool:

  • Click on the Tools drop down arrow, then click on Project Tracking
  • The Project Tracking Tool window will open over the SDARTT map
  • Click the Select Project drop down arrow then choose and click on the project you want to analyze
  • Click the Submit button

SDARTT will open a new map showing the boundaries of the specific project requested with a blue window on top of the map titled Project Tracking Tool Analysis.

  • Left click and hold on the blue header area of the window to drag the analysis window to a new location
  • Click on the title of each table in this box (Disturbance Cap, Density Cap or Decadal Calculation) to see the following: 

Disturbance Cap Area Table

  • Project Status
  • Boundary Type
  • Existing or Approved Disturbance Acres
  • Projected and Unapproved Disturbance Acres
  • Total Disturbance Acres
  • Optional Disturbance Cap input field

Density Cap Area Table

  • Project Status
  • Boundary Type
  • Existing or Approved Disturbance Acres
  • Projected and Unapproved Disturbance Acres
  • Total Density
  • Optional Density Cap input field

Decadal Calculation Table

  • Project Status
  • Boundary Type
  • Total Allowed Disturbance (currently 3% of total boundary acres)
  • Existing or Approved Disturbance Acres
  • Projected and Unapproved Disturbance Acres
  • Total Disturbance Acres
  • Total Potentially Available Acres Allowed to be Disturbed
  • Total Potentially Available Acres Allowed to be Disturbed – 1st decade
  • Total Potentially Available Acres Allowed to be Disturbed – 2nd decade

For the Disturbance Cap and Density Cap tables an optional cap percentage can be entered in the blank box in the right column.

You can export analysis data to a .pdf or .csv file.

  • To export a table, click on either PDF or CSV to download that particular set of data.

Note: The project must already be uploaded into the tool with the associated as-built and projected disturbances to successfully perform an analysis of the project.

 

The Project Tracking Tool will also allow you to view the following:

Reports: To select which boundary to view if there are multiple boundaries, click on the magnifying glass icon in the pink and grey box to the right side of the screen

History: To view a history of the project, click on the Show History icon. Histories are only captured for projects with a "verified" status.

Edit Project Analysis Area: To edit the project analysis area, click on the pencil icon where you can edit the following:

  • Project Status
  • Approval Date
  • Revision Name
  • Creation Date
  • Verified
  • Comments

You can choose a new project by clicking the Projects button at the bottom of the screen, or click Cancel to close the Project window and return to the main SDARTT map.

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Edit Locations

Use the Edit Locations option to change the field office, category or subcategory, status, and various other features of the location, or to delete a location.

To use Edit Locations, click on the Tools tab, then click on Edit Locations in the drop-down menu. 

  • The Search window opens
  • If you want locations for a specific field office or offices, click the Field Office drop-down to choose one or more Field Offices
  • Adjust other parameters as needed
  • Click Submit in the bottom left corner
    • If you want to clear the parameters you selected, click Reset in the bottom left to reset your choices

On the next page, you will see the Edit table, listing all the locations that match your selected parameters. To the left of the location name is a small map icon. To see the location on the main map, click on the map icon. It may take a few minutes for SDARTT to go to the location and load the Identify window.

You can edit any field in the Edit table that has an edit box.

  • To see all of the fields on the Edit Locations page, drag the scroll bar at the bottom of the page to scroll to the right or left
  • To go to another page of Field Office locations, use the navigation numbers at the bottom of the page
  • If you want to delete a location(s) from the list, click on the button(s) next to the map icon in the Delete column.

The Edit table loads all fields for all categories, regardless of the category you choose in the Search window. Changes to fields that do not match the disturbance category will not be saved.

Example If you add a tower number to a pipeline location, the tower number will not be saved.

Saving - If you want save your edits or go to another page after making edits on the current page, be sure to click Save Edits on Page button at the top right of the page, before moving on.

Reload Page - To re-set or start over on a page if you have made edits you do not want to save, click on the Reload button at the top right of the page.

Parameters - To change the parameters of your search, click on the Change Parameters link at the top left of the page. This takes you back to the Search window

Spatial Report Editing

Click on the date in the Latest Spatial Report Date column (the 5th column from the left) to access spatial report editing. You can edit the following fields from the Edit Spatial Reports page.

  • Collection Date
  • Disturbance Status
  • Reclamation Status
  • Verified *
  • Verification Comments *
  • Project Analysis Area
  • Authorized flag

You can also view the Provisional flag.

Once you are done click the Submit button at the bottom left of this screen to save your work.

To reset the fields, click the Reset button.

 

* NOTE: The Verify Spatial Reports feature is designed to quickly verify or un-verify locations. We recommend you use the Verify feature, instead of the Edit feature, if verifying or un-verifying is the only task you need to complete, or if you have multiple locations to verify.

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Verify Spatial Reports

 Use the Verify Spatial Reports option to add or remove the Verified flag from a record, and to add verification comments.

To use Verify Spatial Reports click on the Tools tab, then click on Verify Spatial Reports in the drop-down menu. 

  • The Search window opens
  • Use the Field Office drop-down to choose a Field Office
  • If you wish to pull up only the non-verified locations for the field office, change the Verified field to no
  • Adjust any other parameters as needed
  • Click Submit in the bottom left corner
    • If you want to clear the parameters you selected, click Reset in the bottom left to reset your choices

On the next page, you will see a table listing all the locations that match your selected parameters. To the left of each location name is a small icon of a magnifying glass with a plus (+) sign. Clicking on the icon will toggle to a thumbnail image of the spatial feature. Clicking the image will toggle back to the magnifying glass icon.

  • To verify a location click the blank Verified box for the location to add a check mark
  • To un-verify a location click the check marked Verified box for the location to remove the check mark
  • To add a verification comment click in the Verification Comments field and type your comment

Saving - If you want save your edits or to go to another page after making edits on the current page, be sure to click Save Edits on Page button at the top right of the page, before moving on.

Reload Page - To re-set or start over on a page if you have made edits you do not want to save, click on the Reload button at the top right of the page.

Parameters - To change the parameters of your search, click on the Change Parameters link at the top left of the page. This takes you back to the Search window.

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Administration (Admin Accounts Only)

Use the Administration option to add, edit or deactivate district and field offices. 

To get to Administration, hover over the Tools tab and click on Administration.

From there, you can choose to edit District Offices, Field Offices or generate list of all the field offices. 

 

Adding a new District or Field office:

  • click on District Offices or Field Offices depending on which type of office you would like to add
  • From the next screen, click on Add Office in the top left
  • Type in the Name of the new office, choose a state the office is in in the State Office drop-down and whether or not the office is active
  • Click Submit
  • To Reset or clear the information, click Reset
  • Click Cancel to cancel the operation altogether

 

Editing a District or Field office:

  • From the Administration Tool page, choose whether you want to edit a District Office or Field Office
  • From the next screen choose which office you would like to edit and click on the name of the office
  • From the edit page you can edit the name of the office, change the state office field or make the office active or inactive
  • Click Submit
  • To Reset or clear the information, click Reset
  • Click Cancel to cancel the operation altogether

 

Generate Field Office File

  • To generate a field office list, click on the Generate Field Office File link
  • Once the download is complete you can open the file with Adobe or Word

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Upload Tab

Use the Upload tab to access the Disturbance and Reclamation and Project/Analysis Boundaries upload tasks. These tasks are used to upload data to the SDARTT inventory.

Spatial Data Rules

  • No point or linear features are accepted.
  • Polygons may overlap with the most current polygon appearing on the top (determined by the collection date in the attribute table).
  • No self-intersecting polygons are allowed.
  • Multiple spatial reports for the same location must have unique collection dates.
  • If a spatial report contains both a disturbance and a reclamation feature, the reclamation feature cannot extend outside the boundaries of the disturbance feature.
  • A location must have a disturbance polygon existing in the tool before a reclamation polygon can be uploaded without a corresponding disturbance polygon.
  • A disturbance polygon can be uploaded with or without a corresponding reclamation polygon.
  • It is recommended to use a minimum ratio of 1:4000 when using heads up digitizing.

Disturbance and Reclamation Upload

The Disturbance and Reclamation Upload has two distinct purposes. The first is to allow the user to upload as-built disturbance and reclamation shapefiles to the SDARTT inventory. As-built shapefiles do not need to be associated with a project or analysis boundary because they existed prior to the utilization of SDARTT.

Uploaded as-built disturbances into SDARTT are used to calculate the disturbance cap when a project or analysis boundary includes an area where as-built disturbances are located. The more as-built disturbances uploaded into the tool, the less digitizing using NAIP imagery will need to be done for accurate calculations of the disturbance cap.

The second use of Disturbance and Reclamation Upload is in conjunction with Upload Project/Analysis Boundaries. If you are uploading disturbance and/or reclamation shapefiles that have a projected (new proposed disturbance) status or shapefiles that need to be associated with a Project or an Analysis boundary you must first upload the project or analysis boundaries to the SDARTT inventory. Instructions on how to upload project/analysis boundary shapefiles can be found in the Uploading Project / Analysis Boundaries section.

To upload Disturbance and Reclamation data to the SDARTT inventory:

  • If uploading shapefiles that need to be associated with a project or analysis boundary (this would include shapefiles with projected status) upload the project/analysis boundaries shapefile(s) first. See Uploading Project/Analysis Boundaries. If the associated project and/or analysis boundaries have been uploaded or if you will not be associating your as-built disturbance and/or reclamation shapefiles to a project go to next step.
  • Click on the Upload tab drop down arrow and select Disturbances and Reclamations. The Upload Disturbances and Reclamations window will open
  • Click Choose File to load the .zip file with the shapefiles you wish to upload to the SDARTT inventory
  • Click the drop down arrow for Select Category to view the list of Categories
    • Pick the category that matches the shapefile being uploaded; e.g. if Energy (coal Mine) is the shapefile being uploaded, select Energy (coal mine) from the drop down list
    • If your shapefiles include more than one Category type use the All (combined) selection
  • Select a Project – all disturbance shapefiles with the status of projected need to be associated with an existing project. This step is only optional if you are uploading as-built disturbances. (see Step #1) 
    • Click the drop down arrow for Select Project and Date to associate your shapefile(s) with a specific project. 

Note: If you link the upload to a project that has not been approved (or expired), only the "projected" locations in the upload file will be linked to the project. "As-built" locations will be uploaded, but not linked to the project. If you link the upload to an approved (or expired) project, all locations in the upload file ("as-built" or "projected") will be linked to the project.

  • Click Submit

The Upload Category type Disturbances and Reclamations window opens with a map of the disturbance/reclamation area and the associated data. Some data will be Category specific.

If errors were found in the data there will be Warning or Error text displayed in the RowStatus column.

  • Hover over the warning or error to see details about the warning or error.

 

Examples – examples of possible warning and error messages:

  • Warning - Location office "Vernal Field Office" does not match the office ("White River Field Office") for the selected project. "White River Field Office" will be used.
  • Errors - 
    • Subcategoty "Well Pad" is not valid for category "Energy (Wind)"
    • HubHgt is required for category Energy (Wind)
    • RotorDia is required for category Energy (Wind)
    • RotorHgt is required for category Energy (Wind)

If no errors are found in the data you can click Save Records That Have No Errors to save your shapefile(s) to the SDARTT inventory. If you do not want to save the data to the SDARTT inventory click Cancel.

If some of the records to be uploaded have no errors and some do you can upload the files that do not have errors by clicking the Save Records that have No Errors button located at the bottom of the screen.

Note: Records with warnings will be uploaded. Changes that will be made to those records are noted in the Warning details.

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Uploading Project/Analysis Boundaries

The Project/Analysis Boundaries Tool was developed to aid land managers with the approval process for proposed projects. In order to use this tool properly several steps must be taken prior to uploading any boundaries or other disturbance data.

Workflow Prior to Uploading Spatial Data

  1. After the BLM land manager receives the proper documents and proposed project shapefiles from the public land user, the land manager must create a buffer around the new disturbances. This step varies state to state and will not be addressed in the user guide.
  2. Once the project or analysis area has been created, the proposed disturbances are combined with digitized polygons using NAIP imagery for known disturbances not yet uploaded into SDARTT. To see all 19 disturbance threats tracked by SDARTT view the Data Dictionary.
  3. After these steps are completed the user should have 2 shapefiles: 1) a shapefile containing the project / analysis boundaries and 2) a shapefile containing the as-built and projected disturbances.

Note: The Project/Analysis boundaries must be uploaded prior to uploading the projected and as-built disturbances. To upload boundaries, follow the steps below. 


To upload Project/Analysis boundaries data to the SDARTT inventory:

  • Click on the Upload tab drop down arrow and select Project/Analysis Boundaries, the Upload Project/Analysis Boundaries window will open

  • Click Choose File to load the .zip file with the shapefile(s) you wish to upload to the SDARTT inventory

  • Click Submit

If multiple shapefiles are contained in the zip file an interim display will appear so that the correct shapefile can be selected.

  • Choose the appropriate shapefile from the list and then click Submit.

The Upload Project Boundaries window opens with a map of the Project area and the associated data.

  • If no errors are found in the data you can click Save Records That Have No Errors to save your shapefile(s) to the SDARTT inventory

  • If you do not want to save the shapefile to the SDARTT inventory click Cancel

  • If errors were found in the data there will be Warning or Error text displayed in the RowStatus column

  • Hover over the warning or error to see details about the warning or error

If some of the records to be uploaded have no errors and some do, you can upload the shapefiles that do not have errors by clicking the Save Records that have No Errors button located at the bottom of the screen.

Note: Records with Warnings will be uploaded. Changes that will be made to those records are noted in the Warning details.

 

Upload the associated disturbances:

The second step to upload a proposed project or analysis for disturbance calculations is to upload the associated projected disturbances as well as any existing disturbances known and not housed in SDARTT. Return to the Disturbance and Reclamation Upload section and start at step #2 to upload the associated disturbance and/or reclamation shapefiles.

 

Running a disturbance calculation analysis:

To run a disturbance calculation analysis use the Project Tracking Tool. Instructions for using the Project Tracking Tool are located in the Tools Tab - Project Tracking Tool section.

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Templates

Use this feature to download Shapefile and Geodatabase templates. There are separate templates for each of the 19 disturbance types, one for Agricultural Conversion, one for Fire, and one template that contains all disturbance types. This template is the “All Combined” template and allows the user to upload different disturbance types in one upload. There is also a project template.

  • Click on the Templates tab to open the template selection window
  • Select the Zipfile link next to the format you would prefer to use. We suggest using the Geodatabase file as this format uses drop down lists for the attributes table.*

The template selection window also has a notification with the date of the latest update to the templates. Make sure your templates remain current.

Clicking the question mark at the end of the notification will open a log window with the list of changes made to the templates.

All shapefiles need to be zipped (.zip) in order to upload the file(s) to SDARTT. More than one shapefile can be stored in a single zipfile.

* Note: When using Geodatabase templates you must export the Geodatabase layer to a shapefile (.shp) format.

 

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Data Dictionary

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Common Attributes Table

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Data Dictionary - Projects Template

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Example - Geodatabase Drop Down List

 

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Example - Attribute Table for Energy_OilandGas.gdb

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Example - Attribute Table for Project.gdb

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Legend Layers Table

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Agricultural Conversion and Fire Templates Table


Glossary

STANDARD TERM

EQUATES WITH

MEANING

AS-BUILT

  • known
  • existing disturbance

Disturbances that are physically on the ground and are tracked by the BLM

INVENTORY

  • Database

Repository of data that has been uploaded to SDARTT

NON-PROVISIONAL 

A projected disturbance connected to an approved project

A disturbance with the status of "as-built"

PHMA Priority Habitat Management Area

PROJECTED

  • Proposed

Data that has not yet been approved

PROVISIONAL A disturbance that is connected to a project with a status other than "approved"

SHAPEFILE

  • Feature
  • Polygon

Combination of .shp, .prj., shx., .dbf etc. files that make up the data file to be uploaded or imported to SDARTT

 

 

 

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SDARTT Contact Information

Email :  sdartt@usgs.gov

Phone: 970-226-9116

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