Modeling soil information
Certain soil characteristics have greater impacts on the success of a best management practice (BMP). If these characteristics are used in prioritizing areas for land use and BMP implementation, they will be more effective.
This example shows how soil information can be taken one step farther. The map on the left displays national septic ratings and the map on the right shows those soils that are the most limiting within that area.
Which map is more useful?
Reports and ratings listed in a soil survey are developed from national and statewide standards.
These standards are well studied and are accurate and useful when comparing soils nationally or statewide. (Soil properties can be modeled as in the example above.) The usefulness and reliability of ratings can be improved at the local level by using Access Queries and GIS.