Wade Hurt

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G. Wade Hurt is a soil scientist in the United States and an authority on hydric soils. As of 2007, he has a position with the University of Florida's Soil and Water Science Department in Gainesville.

Hurt retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 2007. He served as NRCS National Leader for Hydric Soils.[1] Wade received his bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University.


Wade Hurt served as editor for several editions of Field Indicators of Hydric Soils,[2] a technical reference used to identify wetland areas that fall under USA jurisdiction as defined by the Clean Water Act.[3]


Wade Hurt teaches hydric soils classes[4] for soil science undergraduate and graduate students as well as environmental professionals. Classes teach theoretical, morphologic, and regulatory criteria used for delineating wetlands, siting septic drain fields and identifying seasonal high water table elevation.


  1. ^ See page 4, National Cooperative Soil Survey Newsletter (PDF), Issue 40, August 2007, retrieved January 9, 2008 
  2. ^ Hurt, G. W.; Vasilas, L. M., eds. (2006), Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States: A Guide for Identifying and Delineating Hydric Soils (PDF) (Version 6.0 ed.), USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, in cooperation with the National Technical Committee on Hydric Soils, retrieved January 9, 2008 
  3. ^ Effective in 2007, Regional Supplements to the Federal Wetland Delineation Manual require the use of Field Indicators of Hydric Soil as jurisdictional criteria.
  4. ^ Hydric Soils: Specialized Training for Wetland Specialists, University of Florida, 2006, retrieved January 9, 2008