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Using Soils of Kansas For Waste Disposal

A first approximation for solution to the problems and a guide to further interdisciplinary efforts

By Gerald W. Olson

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Originally published in 1974 as Kansas Geological Survey Bulletin 208. This is, in general, the original text as published. The information has not been updated.


Soils of Kansas have slight, moderate, and severe limitations for waste disposal by septic-tank seepage fields, sewage lagoons, and sanitary landfills. Each soil is rated for each use according to tested standardized criteria, based on the soil properties. Problems and potentials for environment improvement in waste disposal are outlined. Each landscape unit shown on detailed soil maps has an integrity of its own; management of each with respect for that integrity will yield maximum production and environmental efficiency. This bulletin supplements detailed soil maps for improving waste disposal in specific soils. It is intended as a guide for officials, scientists, and citizens. In addition to detailed soil map examples, a general soil map of Kansas is included to give an overall view of the major soils of the state.

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Placed on web Aug. 7, 2009; originally published March 1974.
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