Soil and Site Evaluation for Onsite Wastewater Treatment

Sep 3, 2019 through Oct 31, 2019 (All day)
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Soils for Onsite Wastewater Treatment

Online / Field Day Course


Drs. Brian Slater and Karen Mancl

The Ohio State University


September and October 2019



If you choose to take the optional field day 

it is outside so dress for the weather and be prepared to get wet and dirty.


Workshop Schedule


Online Segment 1 – 6 hours

Soil Depth and Vertical Separation Distance


Starts Sept. 3, 2019 (Must be completed by Oct. 31, 2019)


• Soil depth and onsite wastewater treatment

• Soil horizons

• Soil color

• Soil texture

• Soil structure and consistence

• Soil morphology’s role in soil permeability

• Preparing the site for a soil description



Field Day Segment 1 – 6 hours

Describing Soil Characteristics in the Field


Thurs. Oct 3, 2019 at OSU 4-H Center, Columbus, Ohio

10:00 - 4:00

Bea Cleveland Board Room, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr.

[Pre-requisite: Complete Online Segment 1 by Sept. 26]


• Using tools for soil evaluation

• Determining soil texture, structure and consistence

• Determining soil color

• Identifying limiting conditions

• Preparing a soil profile description



Online Segment 2 – 6 hours

Soils in the Landscape


Starts Oct. 1, 2019 (Must be completed by Nov. 26, 2019)

[Must Complete Online Segment 1 before starting 

Online Segment 2]


• Soil maps

• Suitability of Ohio soils to treat wastewater

• Soil topography

• Soil survey

• Electronic soil survey

• Site and soil assessment

• Researching soils on the site

• Conducting a visual assessment

• Estimating the extent of each soil

• Finding and mapping a suitable soil



Text books:

Mussel Color Book (Links to an external site.)

Wetland Soils: Genesis, Hydrology, Landscapes and Classifications. Vepraskas, M. and C. Craft. 2016. (Links to an external site.)

Suitability of Ohio Soils for Treating Wastewater. Mancl, K. and B. Slater. OSU Extension Bull 896. (Links to an external site.)

Site and Soil Evaluation for Onsite Wastewater Treatment. Mancl, K. and B. Slater. OSU Extension Bulletin 905.



The workshop has been approved by the Ohio Department of Health and the Sanitarian Registration Board for 6 hours of continuing education credit per segment.


Who Should Participate

Registered sanitarians, soil scientists, sanitary engineers, installers and others who work on small and onsite wastewater treatment systems will benefit from these workshops.



Each segment and field day is $200 per person.  In addition, textbooks need to be purchased as hard copy or ebooks.



Registration Form 
Soils for Onsite Wastewater Treatment - 2019


Register for 

Online Segment 1- 

Soil Depth and Vertical Separation Distance


At Cvent


Online Segment 2 -

Soils in the Landscape


At Cvent




Field Day Segment 1 -

Describing Soil Characteristics in the Field

Thursday Oct 3, 2019

Must complete Online Segment 1 before participating 

in Field Day


$200 per person (Lunch included)


Holly Bartholomew

First Class Conferences

PO Box 1367

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465

PHONE: 877-463-8331

CELL 614-271-7529

FAX 843-471-2369


Registration Deadline Sept. 26, 2019












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Ohio 4-H Center, OSU Campus                     

2201 Fred Taylor Dr.                                      

Columbus, Ohio 43210           


Parking is free, but you must post the provided parking permit to avoid a ticket.