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In 2015, the Standards Oversight Council (SOC) supported the development and revision of 18 technical standards, with the DNR 1005 Vegetated Swale standard scheduled for completion in mid-2016. Significantly, the NRCS 590 Nutrient Management standard was completed and was adopted by NRCS. SOC continued to increase visibility and improve public understanding of the council’s purpose through the release of a video describing the objectives and benefits of the council. With an improved method for surveying users about needed technical standards, we received feedback that will help prioritize how and which standards will be created or revised in 2016 and 2017. Partnerships between SOC, WisDOT and US Army Corps of Engineers were also strengthened, bringing new insights from these agencies to the development of technical standards.

Agricultural Standards
The NRCS 590 Nutrient Management standard was completed in the fall, and the final draft was approved by NRCS in December 2015. Two years of work yielded a carefully crafted standard that balanced the interests of farmers, consultants, and government agencies, while making significant