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Proposed Changes (NSSH)

The Soil Science Division is providing a 30-day comment period for proposed changes to the National Soil Survey Handbook. The comment period for the proposed changes will open on May 26 and close on June 26, 2016. Please send any comments to Curtis Monger, National Leader for Standards, National Soil Survey Center at

Summary of Significant Changes to Part 609

These changes in NSSH 609 are being integrated to better align and document the roles and responsibilities of the STC and SSS with the changes brought about by the restructuring of the Soil Survey Program which placed it directly under the Soil Science Division. Other minor wording changes were integrated to improve clarity.

609.01 Policy and Responsibilities for Quality Control and Quality Assurance

  • (b) (3) State Offices –Revised the roles and responsibilities of the STC and of the SSS.

609.02 Soil Correlation

  • (c) (3) (xiii) – Clarify that the Soil Survey Regional Director approves final correlation.
  • (e) (1) (i) and (ii) - Clarify responsibility for creation and distribution of correlation documents.

609.05 Quality Assurance Reviews

  • (b) (3) (iv) – Remove STC signature on correlation memorandum for initial soil surveys.
  • (d) (3) - Remove requirement for STC or their designee to review and sign MLRA soil survey quality assurance reviews.

609.07 Final Soil Survey Field Activities for Initial Soil Survey Projects

  • (a) – Remove requirement for STC signature on final correlation memorandum.

Exhibit 609-1—Format for Correlation Document

  • Remove STC signature from the Correlation Document template and add concurrence block for signature of the MLRA Soil Survey Leader.