NRCS Stream Protection/Restoration Standards – CPS 395, 580, 582, and 584



Steve Becker, Sponsor and Team Leader – NRCS

Nate Anderson – DNR

Bart Chapman – DATCP

Stacy Dehne – DATCP

Mike Dreischmeier – NRCS

Seth Ebel – Dane County LCD

Faith Fitzpatrick – USGS

Jeff Hastings – Trout Unlimited

Ben Lee – Fish Creek Restoration

Marty Melchior – Inter-Fluve

Bob Micheel – Monroe County LCD

Ken Potter – UW Madison

Joe Schmelz – NRCS

Jeff Schure – DNR

If you have questions regarding this standard, contact the SOC Program Manager, Kate Brunner, at or the Team Leader, Steve Becker, at


Custodian: NRCS

Goal: This team will revise a grouping of four NRCS Conservation Practice Standards (CPS) related to stream protection and stream restoration projects:  CPS 395 Stream Habitat Improvement and Management, CPS 580 Streambank and Shoreline Protection, CPS 582 Open Channel, and CPS 584 Channel Bed Stabilization.  Specific objectives to revise these NRCS state technical standards include the following:

  • ensure comprehensive and resilient stream channel restorations that reduce bank erosion,
  • improve stream habitat, and
  • sustain functions and values after large storm events.

The standard revisions will identify procedures for stream assessments and establish the hydraulic criteria for proportioning a stable stream channel, floodplain, and planform system. Revisions will be based on proven scientific methods that will improve waters of the state, protect private interests, and conform to applicable state laws and regulations.

Work Team Status:   This stakeholder team began meeting in March 2020 with meetings held regularly until the 4 updated standards were out for Initial Review.  Details on meetings, including agendas and meeting notes, are available on the left side of this website as the work develops.

Initial Review:  April 2021 – See comments and responses on the Initial Review drafts here for CPS 395CPS 580CPS 582, and CPS 584.

Broad Review:  June 10 to July 11, 2021 – See comments and responses on the Broad Review drafts here for CPS 395, CPS 580, CPS 582, and CPS 584.

Anticipated Publication Date:  Sept. 2021

Team Resources

Federal Conservation Practice Standards:

Existing WI CPSs are available in the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide.
Select Wisconsin, then go to Section IV > Conservation Practices > select individual standards from the alphabetical list > Practice Standard or other support documents.

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