Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Reference Guides

The index to the reference guides has a brief paragraph describing each one.

Home * A * Syst

The Idaho Home Assessment System ("Home*A*Syst") provides a series of fact/worksheets that will help you assess how effectively your homestead practices and structures protect your drinking water.

Soil Triangle

This site's information on Estimating Soil Moisture includes a diagram and explanation of the Soil Textural Triangle.

The USDA publication, Estimating Soil Moisture by Feel and Appearance (PDF, also available as a Spanish pamphlet, Calculo de la Humedad del Suelo por Tacto y Apariencia) describes how to assess soil mositure.

Waste Facility Construction guidelines

A brief manual for construction of liquids storage facilities for livestock waste management.

Noxious Weeds

Online version of Idaho's Noxious Weeds, with photographs.

Special Topic: Carbon sequestration

Carbon sequestration in forest land and agricultural land may be our best chance at slowing global warming (other than reducing the burning of fossil fuels). Idaho's governor gave the job of investigating carbon sequestration credits trading to the Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

Two organizations established to offer agricultural producers the opportunity to participate in a market based, carbon credit exchange program are the National Carbon Offset Coalition (, and the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership (

The sequestration of carbon through natural resource based programs can help reverse soil, water and air degradation, while providing enhancement of wildlife and recreational opportunities. A Conservation Plan will be a prerequisite to participation.