Research efforts by soil scientists in Maryland have demonstrated that shallow water sediments undergo pedogenic processes and are systematically distributed across the subaqueous landscape (Demas and Rabenhorst, 2001). Over the past 10 years, NRCS soil scientists have shown that these areas can be inventoried using procedures established by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. NOAA’s Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) has adopted the NCSS nomenclature for classifying the sub-benthic environment, and this system is currently in review by the Federal Geographic Data Committee as a national standard.
“The soils map is advance, draft information and subject to change upon the final correlation and publication of the Barnegat Bay Subaqueous Soil Survey. The soils map is not SSURGO certified and has not been authorized for National publication. Please use the information accordingly.”
Field Notes (Download Zip File Here) and pedon descriptions will be collected at particular Locations (Download Zip File Here) throughout Barnegat Bay to document the differing soil types and landforms.
A soil map unit legend (download) is developed using the field documentation and soil types.
A soil survey database (NASIS) will be built using the bay field note documentation and laboratory analysis to support publication of the soil survey. All of the information presented here on this website is preliminary and subject to change upon final correlation and publication of the Barnegat Bay Subaqueous Soil Survey.
Barnegat Bay Subaqueous Soil Survey Now Available Online!
“The Barnegat Bay Subaqueous Soil Survey, is now available on the Web Soil Survey (WSS), the web-based database managed by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The addition of this unique soils inventory of the Bay’s estuary and coastal lagoon to the Ocean County Soil Survey expands the utility of the online resource and has the potential to help improve the health of the estuary, enhancing the bay for future generations
To read the press release of The Subaqueous Survey of Barnegat Bay follow the link below:
Subaqueous Survey of Barnegat Bay