Synopsis: You cannot hope to design and build septic systems and stormwater basins without a down-and-dirty understanding of soils. That's what this hands-on course is all about!
Start Time: Monday, September 23, 2019 9:00 AM
End Time: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 4:30 PM
Location: Grid Cook
Address: Cook Campus
Campus: George H. Cook
Room: Extension Conference Center
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: See website
Sponsor: Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education
Category: Workshop, Course
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Contact Name: Suzanne Hills
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (848) 932-7234
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Each 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.

  • 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.
Target Audience: Alumni,  General Public