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Soils and Site Evaluation for Septic Disposal Systems and Stormwater BMPs

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Synopsis: Thousands of septic systems and stormwater basins malfunction for the same reason: failure to understand how water moves (or doesn't move!) through soil. That's what this hands-on course is all about!
Start Time: Monday, September 18, 2017 9:00 AM
End Time: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:30 PM
Location: Operator Training Center
Address: 16 Ag Extension Way
Campus: George H. Cook
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: See website
Sponsor: Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education
Category: Workshop, Course
Web Site:
Contact Name: Bianca Kovalenko
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (848) 932-7316
Additional Information:

In just three days, you will learn:

  • Soil fundamentals for successful septic installation and other applications, such as wetland design and soil remediation;
  • Necessary soil features for estimating seasonal high water tables;
  • Differences between infiltration and percolation;
  • How to be more efficient (and effective!) in choosing where to test and site BMPs and septics; and,
  • Why basins fail - know what to look for and how to avoid failure on your next project.

Every day, you will spend equal time moving between lectures in the classroom to soil pits in the field, evaluating soils using your eyes, hands, and nose. You will observe, record, and evaluate the site-specific soil characteristics required to write and support a complete soil log, as well as evaluate the soil and landscape data to determine design input. Most importantly, you will develop the necessary tools to determine whether a site is right legally and practically for a septic system or stormwater runoff Best Management Practices (BMPs) facility.

See course webpage for more details!

Target Audience: Alumni,  General Public