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2014 Overview

With the organizational support of the Standards Oversight Council (SOC), our partner agencies revised 38 technical standards and made significant progress toward revision of several others. SOC was successful in encouraging broader participation in the process, ensuring that standards were developed using the best available science and practical experience. Included in federal, state and local programs, SOC-developed standards improve consistency across agency programs and are relied upon by land owners and professionals to design practices that control runoff and storm water from farms, urban areas, and transportation and utility systems.  In 2014, SOC facilitated two full standards teams and broad review of four revised standards. During the broad reviews, SOC received more than 370 comments for consideration in the development of standards.  SOC also made presentations at several events to do outreach on the SOC process, encourage participation, and collect stakeholder input.

Agricultural Standards

The SOC team for revising the NRCS 590 Nutrient Management Standard met monthly to review research and recommend changes to this standard, which had not been up