Read below for the latest activities of the Illinois Soil Classifiers Association
ISCA 46th Annual Meeting - Save the date - March 20 for the first (and hopefully only) Virtual Zoom Annual Meeting from 10:00AM until 12:00 noon. Watch for the Newsletter for details on how to login to the meeting. Also, don't forget to vote!
2021 Dues have been waived! The ISCA Executive Council has voted to waive dues for 2021, as a result of Covid-19 and its effects on the activities of the Illinois Soil Classifiers Association. All 2020 active members will retain their membership in good standing without having to pay dues for 2021. If you have changes in your personal information, such as email, phone, address, or service areas for CPSCs - please update your information on the Dues and Fees renewal page. We hope to see you in person in 2021!!
ISCA member, Laura Craven created a Virtual Soils Day, a virtual field trip for all ages about soils and the natural world. Get started by clicking the link or by pasting the following URL - https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/soils/survey/office/ssr5/tr/ into your browser.
Correction to Septic Loading Rate Chart - Column 5E has been corrected from 0.52 g/d/sq.ft. to 0.69 g/d/sq.ft. This has historically been the established rate, but an error had been made in the printing of the table. Use this corrected table for Section 905A, Appendix A, Illustration M, Exhibit B - Key for Determining Sewage Subsurface Loading Rates for Illinois Soils - in the State of Illinois Code for Private Sewage Disposal. The table that is in the Code itself, has many errors and is a corrupted table.
ISCA Gear - ISCA has our own storefront with Lands' End Business Outfitters. The ISCA store is at: https://business.landsend.com/store/ISCA or Click the Button below. Create your own account and order any apparel that you desire. It will be shipped directly to you. You may order any item in the current catalog and have Lands’ End add the ISCA logo ($5.95). You also have the option to choose the location of the logo and change the colors in the logo to coordinate with the item that you are purchasing. Occasionally, Lands’ End will have a special offer and not charge to add the embroidered logo, so watch for those specials. Catalog “promotional” items and “silkscreened” items usually have a minimum quantity, so be aware when you are placing your order. If you have questions concerning the operation of the ISCA Lands’ End store, contact us for more information . If you have specific questions regarding merchandise and ordering, contact Lands’ End for assistance.
ISCA Texture Project - ISCA is coordinating efforts to gather known samples of soil textures from various parent materials around the state to use as reference texture samples. Click here for whom to contact and for more information.
ASK a Soil Classifier - If you have a question about soils, either a general question or a very specific question, and would like an answer from a Professional Soil Classifier, click the following link to e-mail your question(s) to: Ask A Soil Classifier
Soil Classifier Mentor Program - If you desire experience in soil classification and wish to work with or correspond with a Professional Soil Classifier, ISCA can help you get connected to a Professional Soil Classifier in your local area. Send an email to express your interest by following this link: Ask A Soil Classifier