Draft Filter Strip standard available for comment

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A filter strip in Washington County.

A team of technicians met over the last six months to update NRCS Standard 393, Filter Strip and develop an accompanying Technical Note. This technical standard had not been updated since 2001.   The National NRCS office released a new version of the Standard 393 in 2013, and the formatting of this draft Wisconsin Standard 393 reflects the format of the national standard.

Several changes are being proposed in this draft standard, including the ability to harvest the vegetation on the filter strip and clarification on location of the filter strip in relation to the area being protected.

Comments will be accepted from Monday, January 12th to February 2nd.

The draft documents include:

Instructions to comment on standards: Submit your comments organized by section of the standard by deadline above. Keep comments specific and directly related to the standard. Indicate the section you are referring to when commenting, for example “V.B.4.: Does this mean that…” Respond in the same order as the sections appear in the draft. If you have general comments applicable to the entire standard please note them as such.

We prefer comments to be submitted online by using the “Comment” link located to the top left of this article or the comment section at the end of this article. Comments may also be submitted by email to gini@wisconsinlandwater.org to preserve confidentiality.

NRCS will carefully consider all comments before finalizing an updated version of the practice standard.  All comments will receive responses from NRCS. At the end of your online comment you may choose to receive an email update when any “replies” are received to your comment.

If you have questions about submitting your comments, the public comment period or our process contact Gini Knight at gini@wisconsinlandwater.org or (608) 441-2677.  Thank you for your input.

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