- Unsubmitted Reports
- Uploaded Reports
The home page is broken down into four major sections:
On the top left-hand side of the home page, there is a 'hamburger' button, displayed as three equal length horizontal bars. You can click this button to open a sidebar navigation menu that displays three additional options: the "Home Page" (which is currently displayed), the "New Survey" (which will initiate the creation of a new survey), and the "Need Help?" option (which brings you to the help page).
This section contains all surveys that have not yet been uploaded. These surveys may be incomplete, ready to download, or previously downloaded. Surveys in this section are editable by clicking on the name of an existing survey.
Surveys within this section have been previously uploaded. Surveys within this section are not editable, but may be opened and viewed in the same manner as 'local surveys'. You can determine if the currently viewed survey is editable by referring to the navigation bar at the top of the screen. On the right side of the page name within this bar, there will be "(read-only)". If this is not visible, the survey has not been uploaded and you may still edit it.
Across the bottom of the home page, you should see another navigation bar, this bar contains a button on the right, "New Survey", and several buttons on the left: "Upload Report(s)", "Download Survey(s)", and "Delete Survey(s)". The right-hand button is an alternate way to start a new survey. The "Upload Report(s)" button allows the user to post their surveys to the database.
The three buttons on the left of the bar are known as "Mass Interaction" buttons. In order to use these buttons, you must first select one or more surveys from the list above by clicking the box to the left of the survey name.
Please note that the navigation bar's drawer now has new features. After a new survey has been initiated, the menu will now contain not only the home page, but also links to each page of the survey. Each page will be described below. Please note that two to three buttons can now be found on the bottom navigation bar (depending on which page you are currently viewing) in place of the mass interaction buttons. These are page buttons for easy transitions between the next portion of the survey and the previous. The third button, located in the center of the bottom navigation bar is for deleting the current survey. For more information on deleting see Survey Deletion below.
After creating a new survey, you will be brought to the first page of the survey, "Beach Selection". On this page, you will first be prompted to input your name and user id. Although these are not required and may be omitted, it is recommended that a user id be provided if applicable. Note, input fields that are colored green are recommended fields; you do not have to fill them out. While red input fields are required. You must fill them out before you can go on to the next page. Next you input the county from a drop-down menu, the lake based on the county you selected, the beach based on the lake selected, and finally the monitoring site. The county, lake, beach and monitoring site are required fields; you will not be able to go to the next page without selecting them. After specifying a site, you can denote it as a "Composite sample", and/or mark the site as a favorite. If you mark a site as favorite, you can select it in future surveys from the 'Favorites' drop-down menu (first field on Beach Selection page) and the county, lake, beach and site will be auto-filled. The last field on this page allows you to input the time of the sample collection (either automatically or manually). Different browsers handle manually date input differently and have different formating for the date, but for all browsers you can click the "collect sample now" button to enter the current time. You can then edit the date field to the correct time and date if you need to. We recommend this method for manually entering the date and time. The sample date time is required for completion. Please note that from this point on, there are no required field, but some fields are still recommended and will be denoted with an asterisk * and highlighted in green for easy visibility.
This page refers to the number of living animals on the beach at the time of the survey. Fields are specified for seagulls, geese, dogs, and other wildlife, as well as a field for additional comments. For dead animals, see next heading (Section IV).
This page refers to the number of dead animals on the beach or within the vicinity, specific fields are provided for Loons, Herring Gulls, Ring Gulls, Cormorants, Long-tail Ducks, Scoters, Horned Grebes, Rednecked Grebes, Fish, and other birds, as well as a field for additional comments.
The debris page contains a list of possible foreign objects that can be found in the water, not on the beach. To mark an objects' presence, simply click the box(es) to the left of each debris type. If the 'other' box is checked, a field will appear that will allow you to input the type of debris found. If 'other' is selected, the description is required. Please note that any number of boxes may be checked.
This page refers to the possible debris found on the beach, not in the water. See previous section (Section V) for functionality. Also on this page is a field that allows you to input a rough percentage of beach covered in debris. The drop-down menu has options for "0%", "1-20%", "21-50%", and ">50%".
The bathers page provides input fields for people in water, out of the water, boating, fishing, surfing, diving, clamming, and other activities, as well as a field for additional comments.
On this page, fields are provided for air temperature (oF or oC), Wind speed (MPH), wind direction (degrees), wind direction description (cardinal directions: N, NE, E, SE, etc.) weather conditions (sunny, cloudy, etc.), hours since last rain, and rainfall amount (rainfall can be measured in either inches, or centimeters). Drop-down menus are provided for both unit selections, 'wind direction description', 'weather conditions', and 'hours since last rain event'. 'Weather condition' is a recommended field.
On this page, Wave height can be described, and includes a check-box to represent an estimated measurement. 'Wave direction' (cardinal directions: N, NE, E, SE, etc.), and 'wave conditions' have drop-down menus, as well as 'long-shore current direction' (also measured with cardinal directions). Included on this page is a field for Long-shore current speed (measured in ft/sec or cm/sec), as well as a field for additional comments. Wave height is a recommended field.
This page is used to input information about the pH levels of the water and provides a check-box to indicate the color has changed. Odor can be described, and a drop-down menu is provided for this field. 'Water temperature' can be input in terms of 'oF' or 'oC'. The Haziness of water can be defined as one of the drop-down options from the 'Turbidity' field. Alternatively, Nephelometric Turbidity Units, or NTUs, can be supplied in the proceeding field. Common measurements are 5, 50, or 500 NTUs. The final fields provided are for secchi tube readings and additional comments. Recommended fields include 'Water Temperature' and either 'Turbidity' or 'NTU'.
On this page, there are two fields for percentage of algae present (on beach, and near shore). Both of these fields are recommended and have drop-down menus with values for 0%, 1-20%, 21-50% and >50%. Also found on this page are check-boxes for type of algae, and color of algae, as well as a field for additional comments. Note that both sets of check-boxes have an 'other' option that, when selected, display an description field. If the 'other' box is checked, the description is required for completion.
When creating a new survey, this page allows you to review and adjust any of the previously mentioned data fields. If you make any edits on this review page, you must click the "complete" button for the results to be saved. Also clicking the "complete" button will prompt you with any warnings if there are any errors in the survey. After the Survey is completed, it will remain in the "Local Reports" section of the home page. See Sections II and III for more on local reports or uploaded reports.
At the bottom of the page, in the center, there is a 'Delete' button; upon the first press, you will be prompted to confirm the deletion. Press the button again to confirm. If confirmation is not received within five seconds of the first press, the survey will not be removed. If confirmation is received in the allocated time, a pop-up with cover the button that reads, "Deleting Survey... ". On this pop-up, there is an undo option, but will vanish quickly. When the pop-up vanishes, the application will return to the home page and the survey will be removed.
On the home page, you can select multiple surveys to upload or download. You select the surveys by clicking the checkboxes to the left of the surveys and then clicking the up or down arrows at the bottom of the page. Clicking the up arrow will upload the survey to Wisconsin Beach Health Server, and you will be prompted to login. Clicking the down arrow will download a CSV of the surveys to your device. A CSV is a file format that any spreadsheet application can open, e.g. Excel. Each browser handles downloads differently.
You can use this app offline, meaning in the field without an internet connection. You must first visit this site online with the device and browser that you will take to the field, so that the browser can cache the app/website on to the device. The browser caches the app in a few seconds. Bookmark this website/app, so that you can point your browser to website/app easily. In the field, open your browser and navigate to the app by using the bookmark or manually entering the URL.
The app has been tested using Chrome and Safari, and we recommend using them. Some testing has been done on Firefox. The app does not work on IE 11 and no testing has been made on Edge. Note that the app behaves differently on different browsers, especially during date input and downloading.