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Hydric Soils for Wetland Delineation (NRCS-NEDC-000022)


This course enables non-soil scientists to perform hydric soils determinations and field delineations, using standard techniques of soil science. It also enables participants to complete technically accurate documentation. Soil scientists with less than two years experience may also attend.

Topics covered in the training are:

  • Use of hydric soils definition and criteria;
  • Use and identification of hydric soil field indicators;
  • Landscape, vegetation, and soil relationships;
  • Use of soil classification for hydric soil identification;
  • Use of soil surveys for hydric soil identification.


Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • improve the quality of wetland delineations
  • improve the efficiency and credibility of wetland delineations delivered to the public
  • prepare thorough documentation to reduce the duplication of effort in the number of appeals, litigation, and elevated cases
  • recognize and correctly apply hydric soil field indicators for normal, disturbed, and problem soils for the region in which they work


Regulatory IV - Identification and Delineation of Wetlands - recommended, but not required


32 hours

Target Audience

All non-soil scientists responsible for hydric soils identification, soil scientists with under two years experience. 

NEDC Coordinator

Kathy Buttle

Technical Coordinator

Edward L. Griffin


Go to AgLearn to request enrollment in Hydric Soils for Wetland Delineation (NRCS-NEDC-000022).