New DNR Standard – Call for Team Member Applications!

Individuals interested in joining a new SOC team for horizontal directional drilling must complete the application  and submit it to the SOC Program Manager at soc@wisconsinlandwater.org by midnight Tuesday, September 3, 2019 (Note: deadline has been extended).

See below for information about the SOC process and this team.


Notification for Assembling Storm Water Technical Standard Work Team for Horizontal Directional Drilling

Volunteer technical experts are needed to serve on a Work Team to create a new Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) technical standard related to avoiding and minimizing impacts to waterways and wetlands during underground utility construction.  Criteria for the standard will be based on existing science, be protective of the waters of the state, and conform to existing laws and regulations.

Team Focus

The Work Team will create a new technical standard that provides criteria for projects employing horizontal directional drilling (HDD).  The standard will include procedures and practices to minimize potential for inadvertent releases associated with HDD and to respond to releases when they do happen.

The team will examine existing research, consider new technologies, propose criteria, and consider input from expert and public review.

Custodian: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Team Leader: C. Kimberly Gonzalez, WDNR

Proposed Timeline: October 2019 – August 2020

Who Should Apply

The Standards Oversight Council (SOC) welcomes applications from all individuals with relevant experience in HDD, geotechnical engineering, underground utility construction, wetland and waterway hydrology, or related fields.  Individuals offering substantial experience and a broad statewide perspective are preferred to optimize team efficacy and the quality of the final product. In particular, we seek participation from technical experts and utility contractors.

Team Process

This update will follow the Standards Oversight Council Full Process.  The process and team expectations are outlined in the Technical Standards Process Handbook.  The team will consist of 8-12 individuals who have the technical expertise described above. Team members are expected to attend all meetings. Meetings last up to 6.5 hours and are as frequent as monthly. Meeting locations may rotate throughout the state to accommodate members.  Occasionally, a phone-in option can be accommodated.  Additionally, 1-2 hours of work (e.g., research, writing) may be requested between meetings.

If you have expertise but are unable to participate on the team, you can still contribute by sharing knowledge, resources, and recommendations with the team.  Contact the SOC program manager to find out more about various ways to participate.  Note that the best way to impact the standard is to participate in the team process.

How to Apply

Individuals interested in joining the team to develop the HDD technical standard must complete the application available here and submit it to the SOC Program Manager at soc@wisconsinlandwater.org by midnight Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  

Team members will be notified of their acceptance to the team by Friday, September 6, 2019.  The first team meeting is expected to occur in October 2019.

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