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National Hydric Soils Committee to Review Delaware Soils
Northeast Region, January 1, 2004
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Link to Northeast Region, USFWS; map of regionThe National Technical Committee for Hydric Soils, of which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a member, will be conducting field reviews in Delaware of the ?Anomalously Bright Loamy Soils? that were brought to the attention of the Mid-Atlantic Hydric Soils Committee by a soil scientist from the Chesapeake Bay Field Office. The field office is a full member of the Mid-Atlantic Hydric Soils Committee, comprised of federal and state agencies and academic personnel. These soils meet the technical standards adopted by the national technical committee but lack classic hydromorphology.

The University of Maryland, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Mid-Atlantic Committee, is finishing a three year study of these soils confirming their status as hydric soils. The implication of this study is the potential protection of thousands of wetland acres in the Coastal Plain Physiographic Province that currently are not be identified as wetlands due to the lack of hydromorphic soils. Contact Al Rizzo.

NORTHEAST REGION, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE -- Conserving the Nature of the Northeast

Contact Info: Jennifer Lapis, (413) 253-8303, jennifer_lapis@fws.gov
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