Standards in Development

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

Photo credit: NRCS

2020-2021 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 2020-2021 Work Plan is based on priorities identified by the 2019 Technical Standards Assessment, agency requirements, and available resources.   

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.

2020-2021 Projects

The following standards are expected to be continued or initiated in 2020 or 2021.  Due to agency requirements, other technical standards not on this list may come up for review.

NRCS Conservation Practice Standards

Standard Name Number Process
Composting Facility 472 Modified
Conservation Cover 327 Modified
Critical Area Planting 342 Modified
Waste Facility Closure 360 Minor
Riparian Herbaceous Cover 390 Modified
Riparian Forest Buffer 391 Modified
Stream Habitat Improvement and Management 395 Full
Heavy Use Protection 561 Modified
Streambank and Shoreline Protection 580 Full
Open Channel 582 Full
Channel Bed Stabilization 584 Full
Pest Management System (Integrated Pest Management) 595 Modified

DNR Technical Standards

BMPs for Fueling Stations NEW Full
Constructed Wetland for Storm Water Management NEW Full
Construction Site Diversion 1066 Minor/Modified
Dewatering 1061 Modified
Dry Detention Ponds NEW Full
Enhanced Phosphorus Removal Practices NEW Full
Horizontal Directional Drilling 1072 Full
Inlet Protection 1060 Minor/Modified
Permeable Pavement 1008 Modified
Proprietary Storm Water Filtration Devices 1010 Full
Sediment Basin 1064 Minor/Modified
Sediment Trap 1065 Minor/Modified
Silt Fence 1056 Minor/Modified
Underground Detention and Treatment NEW Full
Wet Pond NEW Full

DATCP Technical Standards

Verification of Depth to Bedrock 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.