Soil Color Identification

For every plot we do in our wetland delineation process, our Environmental Specialists have to identify all of the trees, shrubs, and herbs present. They also have to identify any hydrological features present as well as dig a 2-foot deep soil pit. You can see a soil-pit dug out in the photo below.

In the next picture, our Environmental Specialist, Kate Handberg, is identifying the color and texture of each layer of the soil, which informs us whether or not it is a hydric soil.

Based on the results of the plot, our team will know if they are in a wetland. They complete as many plots as needed to to feel confident in identifying all of the wetlands within the project area.

Pictured above is a “gleyed” soil matrix that our team discovered during this project, indicating a hydric, wetland soil.

This project is for a client that is looking to install solar panels throughout the project area. Steigerwaldt is responsible for identifying and delineating all of the wetland boundaries within the site and advising them on any permits that they may need to either develop on or gain access to the site.

Companies use our wetland delineation services to evaluate a potential project site. Once our clients become aware of any wetlands that are present, our experts can help them with any permits that they will need in order to continue the project.

– Kate Handberg, Environmental Specialist