National Surface Disturbance and Reclamation Tracking Tool
Energy-related disturbance and reclamation tracking is a challenge for all land management agencies. The challenge of this project is to provide a tool that provides a common capability with the opportunity to add customized area and agency-specific features and concepts. The Fort Collins Science Center (FORT) Information Science team has developed several area-specific tracking systems. The initial effort, which began in 2011, was to adapt the Pinedale-Anticline Project Office (PAPO) Data Management System (DMS) to work with the concerns and policy of the White River, Colorado, Field Office. This involved mapping the PAPO common features to the WRFO needs and developing a proposed workflow to address custom requirements. In 2012 the Fort Collins Science Center implemented and designed the White River Field Office workflow; adding yet another set of tools to the Energy-Related Disturbance and Reclamation feature-set. Then, in 2013 work began on a DMS for the Green River District Office, adding a fourth set of tools to the Energy-Related Disturbance and Reclamation feature-set. In addition, FORT has continued operations and maintenance of the existing Padms/Jidms application as well as develop new features as outlined by the PAPO/JIO Board of Directors. As the project progresses over the years, the Fort Collins Science center will continue development of user/management requested features for the JIDMS and PADMS reclamation systems. We look forward to the expansion of the GRDMS reclamation system to monitor additional disturbances and reclamations as a result of fire, range, recreation and wildlife.
The main objectives for the DARDMS are: to track the disturbance and reclamation of natural gas fields to ensure thresholds are not exceeded, to maintain a monitoring record of each location (pad, pipeline, etc.) specifying reclamation efforts and years of reclamation, to provide reports to answer management questions (e.g., How many acres are disturbed for the entire field?), to provide a way for operators as well as management to adhere to the Record of Decision that has been established and finally to provide public access to the data.