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Why is the site evaluation important?
The effect of farm, ranch or homesite practices on groundwater depends in part on the physical characteristics of your site: soil type, subsurface characteristics and depth to groundwater. That’s why evaluating the soils and geologic characteristics of your site is such an important step in protecting the groundwater you drink. This evaluation focuses primarily on the farmstead or homesite and risk to groundwater, but, to a limited extent, also addresses surface water. The worksheet can be applied to land beyond the farmstead or homesite, but the variation in soils and geologic materials would have to be considered. The worksheet uses considerable generalization to characterize risk to water quality. More detailed information would allow a better assessment. You need to recognize that there may be exceptions to the risk levels identified.