This year was marked with changes in staff, improvements in our communications, and continued progress in updating conservation practice standards for Wisconsin’s soil and water conservation programs. By redesigning our website and public comment system, we aimed to build awareness of our work and encourage broad participation in the process among stakeholders. We further evaluated our team processes and are implementing changes to improve efficiency and ensure transparency and accountability.

This year, five separate work teams, engaged in Full Process standard revisions, completed three waste management standards and began work on two additional standards. We developed a new, more user-friendly website to facilitate our collaborative process, enhance understanding of our work, support implementation of technical standards, and update our look. We are refining new systems for accepting comments on draft standards, receiving input on our future standards work, and relaying progress of each team. We were proud to launch the new website in December.

We are grateful for the continued support from federal and state agencies, counties, and all team members for their financial contributions, staff time and expertise, and commitment to a collaborative, science-based process for conservation practice standard development. Looking forward to 2013, we’ll be focused on supporting the teams as they work towards revising the Nutrient Management practice standard and developing a Permeable Pavement standard.

View the full report to read more about 2012 updated standards and activities.