The NRCS Conservation Practice Standard (CPS) 582, Open Channel, has been revised and is available for comment through June 18, 2018.  This standard is being revised through the Standards Oversight Council Modified Process.

Wording was revised to provide clarity and to add criteria for conversion to a two-stage ditch.  This standard was updated in compliance with the NRCS 5-year review policy.

Click here to view the draft 582 Open Channel standard.

Instructions to comment on standards: Submit your comments by midnight Monday, June 18.  Keep comments specific and directly related to the standard. You may use comments in the Adobe pdf document, or otherwise indicate the section or lines to which your comments refer. Respond in the same order as the sections appear in the draft. If you have general comments applicable to the entire standard, please note them as such.

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Comments will be carefully considered before an updated version of the practice standard is finalized.  All comments will receive responses from SOC.

If you have questions about submitting your comments, the public comment period or our process, contact Kate Brunner at or 608-441-2677.  Thank you for your input.