Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program Assessment Tool

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Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program Assessment Tool

Overview

In 2014, HEI began a project with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to convert a Microsoft Access database to a web application.

Background

In 2014, HEI began a project with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to convert a Microsoft Access database to a web application. The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) assessment tool is used by a variety of stakeholders—from agricultural producers to conservation groups—to certify and classify the water quality index for runoff water from agricultural fields. This information is vital to improve water quality standards within the state.

The Project

HEI began the project by leading a detailed project definition phase to clearly define all of MDA’s needs and goal outcomes for the project. Because the web application will be used by a variety of stakeholders, MDA wanted a simple tool that could be accessible to all users. HEI documented each process and user task to better define the tool requirements.

HEI then developed detailed wireframes to show how different elements of the application relate to each other. This helped MDA visualize what the final product would look like.

Programmed features include:

  • Web-based database application compatible with all internet browsers
  • Data entry screens to store 17 parameters in five categories.
  • Integrated calculators, instructions, worksheets, web links, and notes
  • Certification record screen with the option to export to PDF for printing and saving
  • Option to import user-saved files
  • Options for administrators to log in and change back-end tables
  • Responsive design allows for use on mobile devices
  • Maintained an easy-to-use interface to serve a variety of stakeholders with varying technical experience.
  • Programmed features that will easily serve all needs as defined by MDA.
  • Worked in collaboration with MDA and MNIT to comply with Minnesota security requirements.
  • According to the MAWQCP’s website, more than 1,100 producers and 785,000 acres have been certified.
Project Details

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Client: Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Location: Statewide Minnesota

Project Highlights
  • Maintained an easy-to-use interface to serve a variety of stakeholders with varying technical experience.
  • Programmed features that will easily serve all needs as defined by MDA.
  • Worked in collaboration with MDA and MNIT to comply with Minnesota security requirements.
  • According to the MAWQCP’s website, more than 1,100 producers and 785,000 acres have been certified.
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