Who We Are

Our mission is to oversee a collaborative process for developing effective technical standards that protect Wisconsin’s natural resources.
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The Standards Oversight Council (SOC) was created to promote a team approach in developing technical standards used for soil and water conservation in Wisconsin. The SOC framework for working on standards is science-based, and maximizes participation in the development process through the use of an oversight council, work teams, and reviewers.  The Technical Standards Process Handbook (TSPH), maintained and updated by the oversight council, documents this process.

SOC Members

The Council is composed of representatives from cooperating agencies and organizations in the state who are involved with developing technical standards and the delivery of soil and water conservation programs. The Council holds meetings at least four times a year to work through administrative and strategic planning operations.

Council meeting schedule:




USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

University of Wisconsin – Madison Division of Extension (Extension)

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)

Army Corps of Engineers

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Technical Standard Custodians

SOC develops standards for government agencies that are the legal custodians of the technical standards.

For the purposes of SOC, the Custodians include the following:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture – NRCS (WI)
  • WDNR – Nonpoint Source and Land Management Section
  • DATCP – Bureau of Land and Water Resources

SOC Program Manager

The SOC Program Manager, Kate Brunner, is a full time staff member who assists SOC in carrying out many of the responsibilities of the Council, broadly including supporting the activities of the Council, coordinating and facilitated team work, and distributing updates to the technical standards.

Kate can be reached at kate@wisconsinlandwater.org or (608) 441-2677.

Work Team Members

SOC team members are volunteers that have technical expertise needed to develop or revise standards.  These members can include, but are not limited, to agency technicians, university researchers, land conservation department staff, engineers, and industry professionals.

Draft Reviewers

A technical standard reviewer is a person who reviews and comments, individually or on behalf of a group or organization, on draft copies of technical standards that are circulated during development or revision.

Technical Standard Users

Technical standard users are persons or organizations that rely on the technical standard(s) for the planning, design, installation, operation or maintenance of conservation practice(s). They also include those government agencies and others who reference the technical standards for environmental regulations, program compliance or cost-sharing activities.