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Advanced Training Workshop for Soil Evaluators and LSP

Reading Different New England Landscapes #1400

Presented by:
Peter C. Fletcher, Certified Professional Soil Scientist 02703 and Soil Evaluator 3027

Workshop Description
An important and essential skill for Soil Evaluators is to be able to interpret the landscape and assess the underlying soil/geologic conditions before digging the deep holes. Identifying the different landforms and understanding the geologic processes (glaciers, rivers, marine, wind, etc.) that formed the underlying sediments is key. With this knowledge one can visualize the landscape in a three dimensional perspective, alerting the evaluator to underling restrictive layers, presence of silt and clay, potential for a high water table, altered/disturbed soil conditions, etc.

This course is designed for professionals who are seasoned Soil Evaluators. Instruction will include lecture and hands on exercises followed by field exercises. Participants will be given instruction during the Lecture Session on how to research reference materials on the Internet. Two or more landscapes with diverse geologic sediments will be studied for this workshop.

Workshop Outline

Day 1 – Lecture and Hands on exercises

Topics Covered (lecture, hands on exercises using soil samples, and small group activities):

  • Know the geologic past
  • Identify the different landforms and understand the geologic processes that formed them
  • Learn the characteristics of the different geologic sediments (soil parent materials)
  • Interpret the underlying groundwater system and predicting depth to seasonal high water table
  • Use field method to determine soil textural classes
  • Study reference materials: USGS topographic maps, surficial geology reports, published soil surveys, aerial photographs, flood insurance maps, DEP wetland maps, etc.
  • Assess the underlying soil conditions, interpret these for on-site sewage disposal, and determine where to best locate deep hole testing.

Second Day – Field Exercises

Field Exercises:

  • Review Reference Materials
  • Hand dig soil test pits using shovels and soil augers
  • Traverse the landscape and identify the different landforms
  • Assess the underlying geologic sediments
  • Evaluate the landscape for siting on-site sewage disposal systems

Course Materials
Each participant will receive handouts and a field guide.

Field Investigations
This workshop will be conducted using hand shovels and soil augers. Participants are to bring their own field equipment (soil color book, trowel, water bottle, etc.). Soil shovels and augers will be provided by the instructor. Because this workshop focuses on “keeping your head out of the deep hole” and interpreting the landscape, there will be no excavated deep observation holes and only limited field testing using hand tools.

Field Conditions
The field exercises for this workshop are strenuous and require participants to traverse rough terrain, walk long distances, and dig test holes using shovels and augers. Each participant needs to evaluate their own health and physical conditioning before registering for this workshop.

Field Session Weather Conditions
Participants should come properly dressed for the field and wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.

Field Session
If the weather conditions are extreme (driving rain and lightning), participants will be notified via the Internet and the second day of the workshop will be rescheduled to the Rain Date: June 3, 2001.

Refreshments and Lunch
Snacks and drinks will be provided. Participants are to bring their own lunches for the field exercises on the second day.

Because challenging field sites are essential for the success of this workshop, participants may be required to drive considerable distances between field sites.

All participants are required to be present during the times stated for the two-day workshop. Attendance will be taken at the start and close of each day. Limited Enrollment: To allow for small group instruction/discussion, enrollment for this workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Certificate of Completion for combination SE and LSP participants

  1. SE participants-- AND

  2. All LSP participants only or in combination with SE 10 Training Credit Hours: A Standard Course Continuing Education Attendance Certification Form that will be given to each LSP participant who successfully attends the two-day workshop. Complete the LSP form and send to the LSP Board. AND A Certificate will be awarded to each participant who successfully completes the two-day 10 Training Credit Hours (TCH). The approving authority NEWIPCC will be notified in writing. You may be requested to send them a photocopy of the SE Certificate of Completion for the 10 TCH for SE certification renewal.

Keep the Certificate of Completion for SE 10 TCH: A list of participants and their SE number is sent to NEIWPCC when the participant completes the 10 credit hour workshop.

Lost SE Certificate Policy: There will be a $50 fee per SE and/or LSP for researching records and the reissue of a SE Certificate of Completion and/or Standard Course Continuing Education Attendance Certification Form. Each request and the fee must be received by mail addressed to: Peter Fletcher, PO Box 141, Bridgewater, MA 02324.



LSP Workshop Schedule

Please check Soil Evaluator Refresher Workshops. These have dual LSP, SE, and SI credits.