Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Environmental Science MB
Environmental Science MB
Tue, 27 Apr 1999 00:24:53 -0400
Hello to the List,
My husband just finished counseling for the Environmental Science MB. He
asked that I pass this hint on to the list.
(After visiting a nearby piece of property near a river) We discussed the
Environmental Science merit badge requirement to conduct an environmental
impact assessment of a hypothetical project on (that) real piece of
property. We used the "Soil Survey of Richland County, South Carolina"
which is put out by the Soil Conservation Service of the US Dept. of
Agriculture (in cooperation with the South Carolina Agricultural
Experimental Station and SC Land Resources Conservation Commission). This
book (118 pages) contains detailed maps of 64 sections of Richland County.
Each map is an aerial photograph with a soil map overlay. The document
then includes a description of each soil type, including slope and then a
series of tables that give for each soil information such as yields for
different crops, capacity for woodland and wildlife management, erosion
hazards, construction characteristics, flooding hazards, water management,
sanitary facilities, recreation, etc.
I had the boys determine what soil types were on the property, what
fraction of the property was in each type and then go through the tables
and extract the information from the tables. From this they built up a
very complete picture of characteristics of the site and its suitability
for the specified purpose (in this case they chose to site a 50 unit
condominium complex). The Soil Survey was a tremendous asset.
ASM Troop 91
This book, or its equivalent, should be available to any of you for the
county that you live in. Check with the US Dept. of Ag. Soil Service in
your local are, or contact a contractor that builds homes. They should
loan you a copy. Your local library should also have it.
Hope this helps all of you ESMB folks.
Lorie McGraw <email@example.com>
Etowah Creek District, Indian Waters Council, Columbia, SC
The Soap Carver's Page
The Slide Show http://home.att.net/~llmcgraw/etowah/slides.htm
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