Soil Science: An Overview of Principles, Practical Field Methodologies and Applications (220 mins.)

  • May 02, 2018
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Toftrees Resort and Golf Club, State College, PA
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In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals (PAEP) during PAEP's Annual Conference.  Registration for the PAEP conference is not part of this seminar.  To register for the PAEP Annual Conference, download the PAEP 2018 Annual Conference registration form.

12:30-1:00 Registration
1:00-5:00  Seminar

Toftrees Resort and Golf Club
One Country Club Lane     DIRECTIONS
Silver Maple Room

Russell L. Losco, M.A., P.G., C.P.S.S.
Lanchester Soil Consultants, Inc.

Level:  Intermediate     DOWNLOAD AGENDA

Overview:  Whether remediation, redevelopment or resource management, soils are an integral part of the solutions to environmental problems. A better understanding of soils helps prepare us to manage environmental risk and protect public health and safety. This one half-day course will provide an overview of the current state of soil science and its application to stormwater management, on-lot sewage disposal, solid waste disposal, Brownfield development, urban revitalization, agriculture, and nutrient management.

Course Description: We will explore the history of soil science and soil basics (i.e. texture, structure, permeability), then focus on the details of the types of soil classifications and taxonomy, published sources of data and the interdisciplinary components, soil genesis and its application, soil management across the spectrum of uses, paleosols and anthropogenic soils and their impacts to various investigations. Methods of soil investigation will be explored including permeability testing, test interpretation, and drainage classification. Some special cases and emerging topics will be explored, as well. Emphasis will be given to practical field methodologies and applications to meet current issues and regulatory requirements (i.e. Soil horizon restoration and reconstruction). Case studies and examples from the real world will be utilized to place the science in context with practice.

Who Should Attend?  This seminar is intended both for those who have and do not have backgrounds in soil science.  It is aimed at environmental professionals, practicing geologists and engineers, regulators, and, public officials either in need of a refresher course or those who are learning about soils for the first time.

Instructor Biography:  Russell L. Losco, M.A., P.G., C.P.S.S.  - Mr. Losco has over 40 years' experience as a scientist with over 30 years of that in geology and soil science.  He received a B.A. in anthropology/archaeology from Indiana University of PA and an M.A. in Geoscience from West Chester University. He is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist, a Professional Geologist and an adjunct professor at West Chester University and Delaware County Community College and co-founder and owner of Lanchester Soil Consultants, Inc. He served for nine years on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Professional Soil Scientists (PAPSS) and is the lead author of the PAPSS Manual for Soil Investigation in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists (PCPG). He is a co-author of the book Soil and Human Health and a number of other scientific publications where he is notorious for over-using commas. He is the recipient of the 2015 USEPA Scientific and Technological Achievement Award, Honorable Mention, for his research on Urban Soils and Stormwater Management. He is currently collaborating on a book on the geology of Costa Rica and pursuing research on anthropogenic changes in soil. 

What past attendees have said about this seminar

  • Mr. Losco made me look at several soil aspects in a different way which I believe will improve my soil evaluation skills.
  • This seminar held my interest throughout the day.
  • Mr. Losco's presentation was excellent.
  • This seminar exceeded my expectations and provided a lot of great information.

Toftrees Hotel Room Rate: $109++ Telephone Toftrees by dialing 814.234.8000. Be sure to ask for the PAEP rate of $109++.  Room block expires April 2 or when sold out.

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