How to do your own UNBIASED Soil Survey

The soil study the Alliance commissioned was superficial at best and negligent at worse. Here is a resource to do your own unbiased soil survey to see specifically if the land Sanderson proposes to spray 1.4 million gallons of partially treated wastewater on each day is suitable for that purpose. We have been accused by Sanderson proponents of not

having the facts.  We challenge any Sanderson supporter to dispute the facts about the suitability of the soil in this area to be used for land application of treated wastewater.

If any Sanderson supporter can show that this data from the USDA is in error we will gladly publish a full retraction. If not, please stop stating that the land in and around the Cedar Creek Business Park is suitable. Please recognize that the residents of Cedar Creek have valid concerns related to spraying so much waste on land that is clearly ill suited to treat it.  Given that our drinking water is locating on average about 12' deep, we feel that given the properties of this soil to allow Sanderson to locate here would put our drinking water

at risk for contamination.

Don't take our word for it. Run the USDA online soil survey yourself.

To our elected officials: This should have been done long ago. As part of "due diligence" we ask each of you (regardless of which side of the issue you are on) to  personally take the time to do this survey and study the result.  The future of both the county and many voters families rest on you.

What we have done is run a sample test and take screenshots as we did it so you can see how to run the online soil survey program. Please do it yourself and choose whatever property you like. Sanderson has stated they need 600 acres of land to spray this partially treated wastewater. They have also stated that these spray fields need to be within 6 miles of the plant.  I challenge you to fine any land that is rated as suitable let alone 600 available acres.

To do this on your computer go to the web page
http://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/HomePage.htm and follow the examples in the screen shots below.

 

• Click on green "Start WSS" button.

• Select State and County

• Zoom in to area around CCBC.

 

• Use red "box" tool to define an AOI (Area of Interest) select as much land around the CCBC as you like.

• Select tab on top that reads "Soil Data Explorer"

• Go down to "Waste Management" and then the sub category "Disposal of Wastewater by Irrigation"

• Click on "Description" to see what this report will show. This report rates the area you just selected for how suitable it is for disposing of watsewater by irrigation. This is water that has already received primary or secondary treatment. The report is specific to food processing wastewater.

• Click on "View Rating"  This will show a map that is colored so show suitability. Green is not limited, yellow is somewhat limited and red is very limited.

• Look at the various soil types. This soil gets practically the worse possible rating. This is exactly opposite of what Sanderson's experts say. We have posted one random page as an example. Look it up for yourself you will see pages of soil data and they are all just as bad as this one.

• Scroll down to the bottom to see the summary. Notice the areas highlighted.

Not only does the USDA rate  most of the soil in this area as "very limited" for disposing of wastewater by irrigation. They also offer unbiased data on this subsurface water quality that can be expected. This data looks at the soil types in the area and rates it as to how easily it will allow nitrates, pesticides and other contaminents to get into the ground water as well as the creeks and river. To get to this report just go on the left side of the screen to the section entitled "Water Management" and then go down to the subsection entitled "Subsurface Water Management, Outflow Quality"

Will this affect our ground water?

See what the USDA says.

To see for yourself that what the USDA says about this soil is true look at the photos below. These were all taken either in the CCBC, on land that Sanderson has options on, or on land that borders or is very close to spray fields.

This is CCBC property within 200 yards of where Sanderson proposes to put spray fields around the plant

Falling Run Baptist Church as seen from the CCBC. This particular field is 1/8 mile from spray fields planned around the plant.

This is a field Sanderson has option on.

Sanderson purchased options on this land as well. There are dozens and dozens of acres just like this on that property. The fact that they paid money for options on land like this shows they don't have good land to work with.

 

This field borders the CCBC property and is very close to planned spray fields. How will any of this land ever dry out if they are spraying 1.4 million gallons daily?

This home borders the CCBC on the back and is across the street from 200 acres of poor quality spray fields

This field borders the CCBC on one side and there is 200 acres of land they have options on right across the street. Believe it or not the land across the street they have options on is even worse. Plus it all drains right to Locks Creek and from there to the river.

This home borders the CCBC on the rear and will have CCBC spray fields on one side.


 Please commissioners, all we are asking is that there be an thorough independent environmental study done before committing to offering incentives. It is the only responsible thing to do.