Standards in Development

SOC's 590 standard revision team meets monthly in continuing to update the Wisconsin 590 standard.

Photo credit: NRCS

2016-2017 SOC Work Plan

SOC prepares a Technical Standards Work Plan to provide an overview of which technical standard projects are priorities for the next two years. Before the plan is completed, a Technical Standards Needs Survey is conducted to gather input on revisions needed across the state. This Work Plan is based on priorities identified by the 2015 Technical Standards Needs Survey, agency requirements, and available resources.

Based on recommendations from the custodian of the standard, SOC uses three different processes to develop or revise a technical standard. The three processes, which range in complexity, participation, and resource requirements, are briefly described here.

Technical Standard Development & Revisions

The SOC Program Manager will conduct the following activities for the current work team projects:

  • Facilitate work teams in completing Full Process projects through coordination of meeting logistics, agenda development, meeting facilitation, recording and distributing notes, and maintaining team member and stakeholder communications.
  • Coordinate commenting periods and promotion of newly revised practice standards.
  • Maintain communication channels with current team updates, meetings, and resources.

2016 Conservation Practice Standard Projects.

The following standards project will be continued or initiated in 2016 or 2017.  Due to agency requirements, other technical standards not on this list may come up for review and be revised through the Minor Process.

Standard Number Process
  NRCS Standards:
Contour Orchard NEW Minor
Controlled Traffic Farming NEW Minor
Waste Storage Facility 313 Full
Herbaceous Weed Control 315 Minor
Animal Mortality Facility 316 Minor
Conservation Cover 327 Minor
Contour Farming 330 Minor
Contour Buffer Strips 332 Minor
Prescribed Burning 338 Minor
Roofs and Covers 367 Minor
Field Border 386 Minor
Firebreak 394 Minor
Streambank Habitat Improvement and Management 395 Minor
Grade Stabilization Structure 410 Modified
Irrigation System, Microirrigation 441 Minor
Sprinkler System 442 Minor
Forage Harvest Management 511 Minor
Karst Sinkhole Treatment 527 Minor
Prescribed Grazing 528 Minor
Open Channel 582 Minor
Channel Bed Stabilization 584 Minor
Contour Strip Cropping 585 Minor
Vegetated Barrier 601 Minor
Surface Drain, Field Ditch 607 Minor
Surface Drain, Main or Lateral 608 Minor
Waste Treatment 629 Modified
Waste Transfer 634 Modified
Vegetated Treatment Area 635 Modified
Shallow Water Development and Management 646 Minor
Wetland Restoration 657 Modified
Wetland Creation 658 Minor
Tree & Shrub Pruning 660 Minor
Forest Stand Improvement 666 Modified
  DNR Standards:
Compost S100 Modified
Hydraulic Erosion Control NEW Full
Proprietary Filtration Devices NEW Full
Rain Gardens NEW Modified
Site Evaluation for Infiltration 1002 Full
Vegetated Swale 1005 Full
Dewatering 1061 Modified
Ditch Check 1062 Modified

III. SOC Process

To best achieve the SOC mission and follow SOC’s principles, the outlined team processes for standard revision and development are closely followed and continually evaluated:

  • Ensure adherence to SOC process through team management.
  • Uphold transparency through current and broad communication channels, including website, listserv, and newsletters.
  • Evaluate processes through feedback solicitation and implement changes as needed.
  • Conduct pilot meetings with small stakeholder groups to receive additional feedback on standards in revision or development.
  • Coordinate quarterly SOC meetings of Council representatives to lead direction of the program and to facilitate continued program development.
  • Conduct 2017 Technical Standards Needs Assessment and develop 2018 – 2019 Work Plan.

Attend trainings and professional development opportunities to assist smooth team functioning and effective standards development.

IV. Outreach

The following outreach and communications activities enhance understanding of SOC’s role in Wisconsin conservation programs and increase participation in review processes and stakeholder engagement:

  • Maintain website with current information on SOC process, activities, and updated standards.
  • Prepare and deliver SOC presentations at conferences, events, or meetings.
  • Develop and update promotional materials, including Annual Report and SOC brochure.
  • Continue to network and build relationships with various stakeholder groups.
  • Write SOC updates for various newsletters, including WI Land+Water newsletter and DATCP’s Conservation Engineering newsletter.
  • Promote involvement in SOC process for maintaining high quality Wisconsin’s conservation practice standards.

V. Training

SOC is engaged with the Custodians of the standards in the development of training opportunities to encourage proper implementation of practice standards. SOC performs the following activities in this area:

  • Assess training needs associated with revised standards, collect information to facilitate training development, particularly in relation to the State Interagency Training Committee (SITCOM).
  • Collaborate with Custodians to develop training plans for newly revised or developed standards.

Collect and display a digital media series documenting completed projects of key practices from across the state, which could include photo, video, or audio documentation.