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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 29, 2003

STATE-OF-THE-ART SOIL SURVEY OF ERIE COUNTY NOW AVAILABLE ON COMPACT DISC
 

SANDUSKY, OH -- A new digitized soil survey of Erie County is now available on compact disc (CD), according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The CD, which offers many advantages over printed soil surveys, is available through the Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District at (419) 626-5211.

The ODNR Division of Soil & Water Conservation developed the CD, employing user-friendly Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software that is compatible with any home or office computer. The format allows users to more easily combine soils information with other natural and cultural resource information from the Erie County area.

The program opens with a map of Erie County, and users can simply click on the county data they would like to see: aerial photography, roads, towns, slope, drainage, soil types, crop yields, etc. The program then redraws the map with the selected information.

ODNR is in the process of putting soils information into similar formats for all interested counties as part of the Statewide Digital Soils Information Project. The goal of the project is to have soils information for all 88 counties in a GIS format by 2006. The project is part of the nationwide Soil Survey Geographic Database (SSURGO) Initiative managed by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS, The Ohio State University School of Natural Resources, and ODNR are cooperating on the project with help from the Ohio Department of Transportation, U.S. Forest Service, Soil & Water Conservation Districts, and other local agencies. When complete, SDSI will provide readily available maps and information in a single, convenient source for all participating counties.

The NRCS certified Erie County's computerized soil survey information in May and put the new information on their web page. A link to that page is available on the ODNR web page at ohiodnr.com.

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For additional news online, check out the ODNR Press Room at Ohiodnr.com

For Further Information Contact:
Tim Gerber, ODNR Soil & Water Conservation
(614) 265-6680
-or-
Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations
(614) 265-6860


 

 

 

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