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Advanced Training Workshop for Soil Evaluators

FIELD ONLY

READING DIFFERENT NEW ENGLAND LANDSCAPES WORKSHOP

#T514-0003 -- SE—6 TCH, Title 5 SI --3 TCH

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

Workshop Description
This is a 6 hour field workshop. This workshop is designed for professionals who are seasoned Soil Evaluators with field experience. It is being presented in different regions of the State. Each workshop is uniquely different from the others in that the participants will see different soils and geology that are common to that particular region of the State. Participants completing this workshop will receive 6 Soil Evaluator Training Credit Hours and 3 Title 5 System Inspector Training Credit Hours.

An important and essential skill for all Soil Evaluators is being able to interpret a landscape by first reviewing available reference materials and then walking the landscape. Identifying the different landforms and understanding the geologic processes (glaciers, rivers, marine, wind, etc.) that formed the underlying sediments is key to a comprehensive evaluation of a site. With this knowledge one can visualize the landscape from 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 should be done before excavating any deep holes and will guide a Soil Evaluator to the best areas for locating a system at a site.

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.

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 Workshop Agenda

Small group activities at each field stop:

  • Review and interpret reference maps (USGS Topographic Maps, Surficial Geology Reports, USDA NRCS published Soil Surveys, different flights of aerial photographs, FEMA Flood Insurance Maps, DEP Wetland Maps, USFW, National Wetland Inventory Maps, USGS Current Groundwater Conditions reports. Etc).
  • Discuss the geologic past: identify different landforms and understand the geologic processes that formed them.
  • Identify the soil parent material and discuss its physical and chemical properties.
  • Understand the kind of groundwater system and interpret the depth to estimated high groundwater.
  • Interpret the depth to estimated high groundwater using a shovel and soil auger.
  • Estimate the soil texture using field techniques.
  • Identify the soil structure and consistence.

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.

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. If the weather conditions are extreme (driving rain and lightning), participants will be notified via the Internet and the workshop will be rescheduled to the designated Bad Weather Day.

Refreshments and Lunch
Snacks and drinks will be provided. Bring your lunch.

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

Attendance
All participants are required to be present at all times during the workshop. Attendance will be taken at the start and close of the workshop.

Limited Enrollment
To allow for small group instruction/discussion, enrollment for this workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Certificate of Completion
A Certificate will be awarded to each participant who successfully completes the workshop specifying the completion 6 Soil Evaluator Training Credit Hours and 3 Title 5 System Inspector Training Credit Hours. Participants should keep the Certificate in a safe place as it may be needed by NEIWPCC to verify attendance at the workshop.

All LSP participants
A Standard Course Continuing Education Attendance Certification Form that will be given to each LSP participant who successfully completes the two-day workshop. Complete the LSP form and send to the LSP Board.

Lost Certificate Policy
There will be a $50 fee for researching records and the reissue of a Certificate of Completion. The request and the fee must be received by mail addressed to: Peter Fletcher, PO Box 87103, South Dartmouth, MA 02748.

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2017 Workshop Schedule

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Friday, May 5, 2017
(Bad-weather day May 12)
Field (9:00 am to 4:00 pm): Reading Different New England Landscapes,
Cape Cod.

Friday, May 19, 2017 (Bad-weather day May 26)
Field (9:00 am to 4:00 pm): Reading Different New England Landscapes, Rowley/Topsfield Area.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 (Bad-weather day June 29)
Field (9:00 am to 4:00 pm): Reading Different New England Landscapes, Sturbridge/Spencer Area.