One of the several methods SOC uses to invite your feedback is through participating in the biennial Technical Standards Needs Survey. SOC conducts this survey every two years and encourages conservation technicians, agency staff, municipality reviewers, farmers, private sector developers and all technical standard users to participate and provide data on which technical standards need to be updated. This year, we collected responses from July 1 to July 31st to provide data for the development of the 2014 – 2016 SOC Work Plan. Two-thirds of the survey responses were from Land and Water Conservation Department staff. Thank you! Receiving feedback from all of you that design, implement, or review these conservation practice standards is incredibly valuable.
The NRCS standards that rose to the highest priority for revision are:
- Standard 632, Solid and Liquid Waste Separation Facility
- Standard 393, Filter Strip, and
- Standard 395, Streambank Habitat Improvement and Management.
The top priority projects for DNR Standards are the development of a new technical standard, Filtration Devices and the revision of Standard 1060, Storm Drain Inlet Protection for Construction Sites. Both DNR Standard 1060 and NRCS Standard 393 are already in the beginning stages of revision and have dedicated staff to lead the revision process. Both of these draft standards will be available broad review comment through the SOC website.
Through the survey, we also collected specific comments on standards tentatively scheduled to be revised and comments on standards that should be added to the list of standards that need revision. Two additional practice standards, NRCS Standard 643A, Shoreline Habitat, and DNR Standard 1061, De-watering are being added to the next two-year Work Plan based on survey comments. The Council has reviewed all the comments and is still in the process of incorporating the results into the 2014 – 2016 Work Plan. This updated Work Plan will be posted online in November. You can review more details of the survey results and specific comments from participants through the 2013 Technical Standard Needs survey summary.
Feel free to send us any comments on the survey process and summary results.