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Draft Standards and Technical Notes

General Comments

Draft copies of Iowa Standards and Specifications are being placed on the Iowa NRCS Web Site as they are completed. Constructive comments are welcome. The standards are posted in Microsoft Word format and may be downloaded and saved to your hard drive and opened in MS Word. The documents have been formatted so you can make your comments, deletions, and additions using Microsoft Word without overwriting the original text. Instructions are given under Tracking Changes.

The name and e-mail address is given for the author of each standard. Clicking on the name will open an e-mail composition window. After making comments or changes and saving the word file, e-mail the reviewed standard to the author as an attachment. Instructions are given under E-mail Attachments.

Tracking Changes

Additions, deletions, or comments may be made directly in the draft standard and specification. The standards have been formatted so that the original text remains as edits are made. Proposed deletions are shown in red, while proposed additions are shown in blue. If you need to remove an edit you have made place the cursor over the text and right click the mouse, then left click on "reject change". In most cases if you backspace over an edit you have made the edit will be deleted. Save the file and the edits are also saved.

E-mail Attachments

When you click on the author's name an e-mail composition window will appear with the author's e-mail address. To attach the reviewed standard, left click on the "attach" button on the tool bar. A directory window will appear. You will need to navigate to the the directory where the reviewed standard was saved on your hard drive. Highlight the standard and either double click on the file or click on "open". The composition window will appear again and you may send the e-mail with the attached file.

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word.

Date Posted Download Draft Standard and Specification Author/E-mail
7/1/15 412 Grassed Waterway (DOCX)
Changes to Grassed Waterway Standard (DOCX)
Allen Gehring
6/23/15 560 Access Road (DOCX)
449 Irrigation Water Management (DOCX)
575 Trails and Walkways (DOCX)
Allen Gehring
6/22/15 355 Groundwater Testing (DOCX)
319 On Farm Secondary Containment (DOCX)
462 Precision Land Forming (DOCX)
318 Short Term Storage of Animal Waste (DOCX)
634 Waste Transfer (DOCX)
351 Well Decommissioning (DOCX)
Allen Gehring
6/2/15 328 Conservation Crop Rotation (DOCX)
342 Critical Area Planting (DOCX)
325 High Tunnel System (DOCX)
589C Cross Wind Trap Strips (DOCX)
Barb Stewart