Standards in Development

SOC's 590 standard revision team meets monthly in continuing to update the Wisconsin 590 standard.

Photo credit: NRCS

2018-2019 SOC Work Plan


Every two years, SOC prepares a Work Plan for Wisconsin’s Technical Conservation Practice Standards to provide an overview of which technical standard projects are priorities for the next two years. Before the plan is completed, a Technical Standards Needs Survey is conducted to gather input on revisions needed across the state. This 2018-2019 Work Plan is based on priorities identified by the 2017 Technical Standards Needs Survey, agency requirements, and available resources.  An additional Technical Standards Assessment survey was completed in 2019 and the 2020-2021 Work Plan will be finalized in early 2020. 

Based on recommendations from the custodian of the standard, SOC selects one of three different processes to develop or revise a technical standard. The three processes, which range in complexity, participation, and resource requirements, are briefly described here.

Technical Standard Development & Revisions

The SOC Program Manager will conduct the following activities for the current work team projects:

  • Facilitate work teams in completing Full and Modified Process projects through coordination of meeting logistics, agenda development, meeting facilitation, recording and distributing notes, and maintaining team member and stakeholder communications.
  • Coordinate commenting periods and promotion of newly revised practice standards.
  • Maintain communication channels with current team updates, meetings, and resources.

2018-2019 Conservation Practice Standard Projects

The following standards are expected to be continued or initiated in 2018 or 2019.  Due to agency requirements, other technical standards not on this list may come up for review.

2018 & 2019 Conservation Practice Standard Projects

NRCS Standards

Standard Number Process
Access Control 472 Minor
Alley Cropping 311 Minor
Anaerobic Digester 366 Minor
Conservation Cover 327 Modified
Contour Farming 330 Minor
Cover Crop 340 Minor
Critical Area Planting 342 Minor
Crop Rotation 328 Minor
Crosswind Ridges 588 Minor
Dam 402 Minor
Feed Management 592 Minor
Fence 382 Minor
Forage and Biomass Planting 512 Minor
Forest Stand Improvement 666 Minor
Forest Trail and Landings 655 Minor
Herbaceous Weed Treatment 315 Minor
Integrated Pest Management (without WIN-PST) NEW Modified
Mulching 484 Minor
Open Channel 582 Modified
Prescribed Stocking NEW Modified
Restoration of Rare or Declining Natural Communities 643 Minor
Road/Trail/Land Closure and Treatment 654 Minor
Silvipasture 381 Minor
Streambank and Shoreline Protection 580 Modified
Stream Crossing 578 Minor
Strip cropping 585 Minor
Structure for Water Control 587 Minor
Tree/Shrub Establishment 612 Minor
Tree/Shrub Site Preparation 490 Minor
Water and Sediment Control Basin 638 Minor
Waste Transfer 634 Modified
Waste Facility Closure 360 Modified
Windbreak Shelterbelt Establishment 380 Minor
Woody Residue Treatment 384 Minor

DNR Standards

Channel Erosion Mat 1053 Minor
Dewatering 1061 Modified
Mulching for Construction Sites 1058 Minor
Non-Channel Erosion Mat 1052 Minor
Proprietary Filtration Devices (NEW) 1010 Full
Rain Garden 1009 Modified
Seeding 1059 Minor
Trackout Control Practices (Stone Tracking Pad) 1057 Full
Storm Water Treatment Wetland NEW Full

DATCP Standards

Verification of Land Features 01 Full

SOC Process

To best achieve the SOC mission and follow SOC’s principles, the outlined team processes for standard revision and development are closely followed and continually evaluated:

  • Ensure adherence to SOC process through team management.
  • Uphold transparency through current and broad communication channels, including website, listserv, and newsletters.
  • Evaluate processes through feedback solicitation and implement changes as needed.
  • Conduct pilot meetings with small stakeholder groups to receive additional feedback on standards in revision or development.
  • Coordinate quarterly SOC meetings of Council representatives to lead direction of the program and to facilitate continued program development.
  • Conduct 2019 Technical Standards Needs Assessment and develop 2020 – 2021 Work Plan.
  • Attend trainings and professional development opportunities to assist smooth team functioning and effective standards development.


The following outreach and communications activities enhance understanding of SOC’s role in Wisconsin conservation programs and increase participation in review processes and stakeholder engagement:

  • Maintain website with current information on SOC process, activities, and updated standards.
  • Prepare and deliver SOC presentations at conferences, events, or meetings.
  • Develop and update promotional materials, including Annual Report (annually) and SOC brochure (as needed).
  • Continue to network and build relationships with various stakeholder groups.
  • Write SOC updates for various newsletters, including WI Land+Water newsletter.
  • Promote involvement in SOC process by attending or presenting at relevant conferences, partner events, trainings, and other related activities.


SOC is engaged with the Custodians of the standards in the development of training opportunities to encourage proper implementation of practice standards. SOC performs the following activities in this area:

  • Assess training needs associated with revised standards, collect information to facilitate training development, particularly in relation to the State Interagency Training Committee (SITCOM).
  • Collaborate with Custodians to develop online or in-person training for newly revised or developed standards.
  • Collect, organize, and maintain photos and metadata for the Technical Photo Gallery, and share this resource’s updates biannually with appropriate SOC listservs.