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



Steve Becker, Sponsor and Team Leader, NRCS


Other stakeholder team members will be confirmed soon!


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



  • March 24, 2020

Exact dates, locations and agenda for team meetings will be listed here as the information is available.

Custodian: NRCS

Goal: This team will revise a grouping of four NRCS Conservation Practice Standards (CPS) related to stream restoration:  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.

Initial Review Anticipated:  Late 2020

Broad Review Anticipated:  Early 2021

Publication Date:  2021

Work Team Status:  

This stakeholder team will begin meeting in March 2020 and meetings will be held approximately monthly until the standard is completed. Details on meetings, including agendas and meeting notes, will be available on the left side of this website as the work develops.

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 > Old Section IV > Conservation Practices > select individual standards from the alphabetical list > Practice Standard or other support documents.