NRCS FOTG Update: Notice WI-86

WISCONSIN FIELD OFFICE TECHNICAL GUIDE 450-11-TECHNICAL GUIDE

FOTG NOTICE WI-86

 

SUBJECT:  WISCONSIN FIELD OFFICE TECHNICAL GUIDE

Purpose.   Revisions to Wisconsin Conservation Practice Standards and Specifications.

Explanation of Changes.

 

Section IV:  Conservation Practice Standards and Specifications:

Composting Facility (CPS 317) – The newly issued National Standard revised language as needed to improve readability and clarify intent of criteria. Criteria was revised to include facility siting and design language. Two sections, “Criteria for Mechanically Assisted Composting” and “Power Supply,” were added.

Drainage Water Management (CPS 554) – The newly issued National Standard was revised for clarity. Two purposes were removed: reduce wind erosion or particulate matter (dust) emissions and provide seasonal wildlife habitat.

Significant additions and clarifications were made to most of the “General Criteria,” particularly instructions under “Control Elevation” and “Control Zone.” Similarly, changes were made to sections “Additional Criteria to Reduce Nutrient, Pathogen, and Pesticide Loading” and “Additional Criteria to Improve Productivity, Health, and Vigor of Plants.”  The “Considerations,” and “Plans and Specifications”  sections  were rewritten.

Field Border (CPS 386) – Clarified the “Purpose” statements to be in alignment with NRCS resource concerns. Minor edits were made throughout the document for clarification purposes. Added the purpose “reduce excessive sediment to surface waters.”

Filter Strip (CPS 393) – Practicepurposes were revised. Minor editing was made throughout the document to clarify criteria. Noxious or invasive plants language removed since this is NRCS policy for all matters. Added criteria to remove phosphorus by harvesting above-ground biomass at least once each year.

Residue and Tillage Management, No Till (CPS 329) – Practice purposes edited to align with NRCS resource concerns. Added the purpose to reduce excessive sediment in surface waters. Made minor edits throughout the document to improve clarity. Removed the 2,000 pounds per acre of residue to increase plant available moisture as this is no longer needed for the erosion prediction tools in use at this time. The needed amount of residue now states 60 percent.

Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till (CPS 345) – Added to the purpose to reduce sheet, rill and wind erosion, and excessive sedin1ent in smface waters. Made minor edits to improve clarity throughout the document. Added the criteria to document/determinethe purpose to reduce sheet, rill and wind erosion, and excessive sediment in surface waters.

Waste Tt·eatment (CPS 629) – The specific criteria for ridge and furrow milkhouse treatment was removed. The criteria for leachate and contaminated runoff from pem1anent feed storage areas was edited for clarity. The te1m “First Flush” was removed and replaced with “Initial Runoff’ to be compatible with the VTA Standard.

 

Remove the following outdated Standards and Specifications from anv printed copies of the WI FOTG:

  • Index
  • Composting Facility (CPS 317)
  • Drainage Water Management (CPS 554)
  • Field Border (CPS 386)
  • Filter Strip (CPS 393)
  • Residue and Tillage Management, No Till (CPS 329)
  • Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till (CPS 345)
  • Waste Treatment (CPS 629)

Add the following Standards and Specifications from any printed copies of the WI FOTG:

  • Index
  • Composting Facility (CPS 317)
  • Drainage Water Management (CPS 554)
  • Field Border (CPS 386)
  • Filter Strip (CPS 393)
  • Residue and Tillage Management, No Till (CPS 329)
  • Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till (CPS 345)
  • Waste Treatment (CPS 629)

 

A link to the Wisconsin FOTG is located on the Wisconsin NRCS website at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/porta l/nrcs/main/national/technical/fotg/

The complete revised standards are also contained in the following link:

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