Notification Seeking Experts for Work Team to Develop a Technical Standard for Verification of Features in Silurian Bedrock\Karst Areas

Volunteer technical experts are needed to serve on a Work Team to create a technical standard for the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) related to verification of features in Silurian Bedrock\Karst Areas.  Criteria for the standard will rely on existing science, protect the waters of the state from pathogens and other contamination sources, and conform to existing laws and regulations including NR 151.075 and ATCP 50.04(3) of the Wisconsin Administrative Code, and the WI Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) CPS Nutrient Management (Code 590).

Team Focus

The Work Team will create a new technical standard for use in verifying and documenting land features Silurian Bedrock\Karst Areas including depth to bedrock and closed depressions.  The standard will establish procedures and standards for determining and mapping land features including valid methods and technologies (e.g. sonar, probes) for taking measurements, the scale for identifying field features, qualifications of persons who may collect data, and standards for mapping of land features.  The standard will support implementation of s. NR 151.075 in designated areas where the bedrock consists of Silurian dolomite with a depth to bedrock of 20 feet or less.

Custodian: DATCP (under the authority of ss. 92.05(1), 92.05(3)(L) and 281.16(b) and (c), Stats.)

Team Leader: Rachel Rushmann and Mark Jenks (DATCP)

Proposed Timeline: January 2019 – December 2019

Who Should Apply

The Standards Oversight Council welcomes applications from all individuals with relevant experience, particularly in identify and mapping land features in karst areas and in land application of manure and other wastes.  Diverse perspectives are preferred to optimize team efficacy and the quality of the final product. In particular, we seek participation from experts in the university systemgovernment agencies and consultants (e.g., Certified Crop Advisors).

If you have expertise but are unable to participate on the team, you may submit knowledge, resources, and recommendations to the contact below. These will be provided to team members for consideration. Note that the best option to impact the standard is to participate in the team process.

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 monthlyMeeting 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.  Food may be provided for longer meetings.

Interested individuals must complete the application and submit it to the SOC Program Manager at by midnight December 9, 2018. Team members will be notified of their acceptance on the team by Friday, December 21. The first team meeting is expected to occur in January 2019.