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Understanding Soil Risks and Hazards

Understanding soil risks and hazards is important to anyone making land use decisions—such as choosing a site for a home, community road, or school. Locating facilities in areas with excessive risk contributes to loss of life, health, and property. Learning about and understanding soil conditions is important to everyone.

This publication introduces several soil related risks and hazards that are important to city and county planners, developers, construction contractors, and others who use or build facilities on or in soils.

Understanding Soil Risks and Hazards Low Resolution (PDF; 3.8 MB)
Understanding Soil Risks and Hazards High Resolution (Printing Version) (PDF; 12.9 MB)

Request printed copies from:

NRCS Distribution Center (search for “risks and hazards”)
phone: 1-888-526-3227
e-mail: NRCSDistributionCenter@ia.usda.gov