Hydric Soil Assessments: Hydric soils are primarily used as one of the components of wetland delineation. Efficient assessment of soils can enable accurate delineation of wetlands and reduce review time with regulatory staff. The USDA, NRCS currently recognizes 44 Hydric Soil Indicators and four Test Indicators in “Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States”. Soil forming processes: parent material, time, climate, topography, and organisms result in the soil layers that we observe today. Wet soils develop certain observable characteristics that, if near enough to the soil surface, provide evidence that the soils are wet during the rainy season, regardless of where the water table might be on any given day. Richardson is an expert in identification of hydric soil indicators and soil forming processes. He has completed over 1,000 site evaluations in the southeast regarding the presence of hydric soil indicators.