The Standards Oversight Council (SOC) was created to promote a team approach in developing technical standards used for soil and water conservation in Wisconsin. The SOC framework for working on standards is science-based, and maximizes participation in the development process through the use of an oversight council, work teams, and reviewers. The Technical Standards Process Handbook (TSPH), maintained and updated by the oversight council, documents this process.
The Council is composed of representatives from cooperating agencies and organizations in the state who are involved with developing technical standards and the delivery of soil and water conservation programs. The Council holds meetings four to six times a year to work through administrative and strategic planning operations.
Council meeting schedule:
Technical Standard Custodians
SOC develops standards for government agencies that are the legal custodians of the technical standards.
For the purposes of SOC, the Custodians currently include the following:
- U.S. Department of Agriculture – NRCS (WI)
- WDNR – Nonpoint Source and Land Management Section
SOC Program Manager
The SOC Program Manager, Jennifer Thieme, is a full time staff member who assists SOC in carrying out many of the responsibilities of the Council, broadly including supporting the activities of the Council, coordinating and facilitated team work, and distributing updates to the technical standards.
Jennifer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 441-2677.
Work Team Members
SOC team members are volunteers that have technical expertise needed to develop or revise standards. These members can include, but are not limited, to agency technicians, university researchers, land conservation department staff, engineers, and industry professionals.
A technical standard reviewer is a person who reviews and comments, individually or on behalf of a group or organization, on draft copies of technical standards that are circulated during development or revision.
Technical Standard Users
Technical standard users are persons or organizations that rely on the technical standard(s) for the planning, design, installation, operation or maintenance of conservation practice(s). They also include those government agencies and others who reference the technical standards for environmental regulations, program compliance or cost-sharing activities.