3 October 2013

NRCS Web Soil Survey and Soil Data Mart Shut Down

Posted by John Freeland

The popular Natural Resources Conservation Service Web Soil Survey and Soil Data Mart are currently shut down, due to the federal government conflict over funding.

As an environmental science consultant in the private sector, I frequently use these soil mapping and data resources when characterizing existing site conditions associated with major infrastructure projects.

In years past, consultants typically kept a collection of hard-copy county soil survey books but got away from them after the roll-out of Web Soil Survey and the Soil Data Mart, which offer updated color aerial photography, ability to download summaries, shape files, data tables, and other GIS functions.

It’s a nuisance not having the information available.