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Publication #SL84

Lee County: Soil Ratings for Selecting Pesticides1

G.W. Hurt and T.A. Obreza2


Resource soil scientists with the Florida USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service have rated the soils that are delineated by map units in the Lee County Soil Survey Report1 for their potential for leaching and runoff of pesticides. The rating criteria are given in a companion publication entitled "Soil Ratings for Selecting Pesticides for Water Quality Goals." These soil ratings have been developed to help pesticide users determine the potential for pesticides to be lost to groundwater or surface water bodies.

As explained in Circular 9592, factors that determine pesticide leaching ratings in soil are permeability and the occurrence of mucky layers in the upper 80 inches of the soil. Soils rated High have a high potential for pesticides to leach to groundwater, soils rated Medium have a medium potential for pesticides to leach to groundwater, and soils rated Low have a low potential for pesticides to leach to groundwater. Factors that determine pesticide runoff ratings from soils are hydrologic group, permeability, and slope. Soils rated High have a high potential for pesticide runoff, soils rated Medium have a medium potential for pesticide runoff, and soils rated Low have a low potential for pesticide runoff.

NOTE: The user may discover that one or more map unit names in Table 1 have been updated from names given in the legend of the soil survey report1. For example, a soil map unit may be listed in the survey report with a single soil series name, whereas the same soil map unit is shown as comprising two or more soil series in Table 1 (sequence numbers 1, 2, 3, ..) Where this occurs, the user should use the multi-named map unit given here, and make pesticide selections based on the most limiting condition to be found on the land in question. If necessary, the local Natural Resources Conservation Service office should be contacted to perform an on-site evaluation of the land in question.


  1. Henderson, W.G. Jr. 1984. Soil Survey of Lee County Area, Florida. USDA/NRCS in cooperation with University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Experiment Stations, Soil and Water Science Department, and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

  2. Obreza, T.A. and G. W. Hurt. 2006. Soil Ratings For Selecting Pesticides For Water Quality Goals. Circular 959, Soil and Water Science Department, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 32611. 5pp.


The development of this document was supported by the USDA/ES Water Quality Initiative Project # 89EWQI-1-9134.


Table 1. 

Soil Ratings for Lee County (see footnotes for explanations of column headings).







71002 1 2 CANAVERAL High Medium
71004 1 4 CANAVERAL High Medium
71004 2 4 URBAN LAND High Medium
71005 1 5 CAPTIVA High High
71006 1 6 HALLANDALE Medium High
71007 1 7 MATLACHA Medium Medium
71007 2 7 URBAN LAND Medium High
71008 1 8 HALLANDALE Medium High
71009 1 9 EAUGALLIE Low High
71010 1 10 POMPANO High High
71011 1 11 MYAKKA Medium High
71012 1 12 FELDA Medium High
71013 1 13 BOCA Low High
71014 1 14 VALKARIA High High
71015 1 15 ESTERO Low High
71016 1 16 PECKISH High High
71017 1 17 DAYTONA Low Low
71018 1 18 MATLACA Low Medium
71019 1 19 GATOR Low High
71020 1 20 TERRA CEIA Low High
71022 1 22 BEACHES High High
71023 1 23 WULFERT Low High
71024 1 24 KESSON Low High
71025 1 25 ST. AUGUSTINE High Low
71025 2 25 URBAN LAND High High
71026 1 26 PINEDA Low High
71027 1 27 POMPANO Medium High
71028 1 28 IMMOKALEE Medium High
71029 1 29 PUNTA Medium High
71033 1 33 OLDSMAR Low High
71034 1 34 MALABAR Low High
71035 1 35 WABASSO Low High
71036 1 36 IMMOKALEE Medium High
71036 2 36 URBAN LAND Medium High
71037 1 37 SATELLITE High Low
71038 1 38 ISLES Medium High
71039 1 39 ISLES Medium High
71040 1 40 ANCLOTE High High
71041 1 41 VALKARIA High High
71042 1 42 WABASSO Low High
71043 1 43 SMYRNA Medium High
71044 1 44 MALABAR Low High
71045 1 45 COPELAND Medium High
71048 1 48 ST. AUGUSTINE High Medium
71049 1 49 FELDA Medium High
71050 1 50 OLDSMAR Low High
71051 1 51 FLORIDANA Low High
71053 1 53 MYAKKA Medium High
71055 1 55 COCOA High Low
71056 1 56 ISLES Medium High
71057 1 57 BOCA Low High
71059 1 59 URBAN LAND Medium High
71061 1 61 ORSINO High Low
71062 1 62 WINDER Low High
71063 1 63 MALABAR Low High
71064 1 64 HALLANDALE Medium High
71064 2 64 URBAN LAND Medium High
71066 1 66 CALOOSA Low Medium
71067 1 67 SMYRNA Medium High
71067 2 67 URBAN LAND Medium High
71069 1 69 MATLACHA Medium Medium
71070 1 70 HEIGHTS Low High
71072 1 72 BRADENTON Low High
71073 1 73 PINEDA Low High
71074 1 74 BOCA Low High
71075 1 75 HALLANDALE High High
71076 1 76 ELECTRA Low Medium
71077 1 77 PINEDA Low High
71078 1 78 CHOBEE Low High
71079 1 79 WATER
MUID = Natural Resources Conservation Service's map unit identifier.
SEQ NUM = Sequence Number, indicating a particular soil name among one or more names constituting a map unit name.
MUSYM = Map Unit Symbol from the soil map and legend in the Soil Survey of Lee County, Florida. Note that if a MUSYM appears more than once in this list it signifies that two or more soils are co-dominant that map unit, and each such soil is rated separately here.
SOIL NAME = Name of soil or other landscape component (urban land, beaches, water, etc.).
SOIL LEACH = The rating of the soil for leaching of pesticides through the soil profile.
SOIL RUNOFF = The rating of the soil for runoff of pesticides from the soil surface.
NOTE: See "Soil Ratings for Selecting Pesticides for Water Quality Goals" (IFAS Extension Circular 959) for explanations of the criteria used to develop soil ratings presented in the right-hand four columns of this list.



This document is SL84, a fact sheet of the Soil and Water Science Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date: April 1991, revised September 2006. Reviewed June 2013. Please visit the EDIS website at


G.W. Hurt, National Leader for Hydric Soils, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA; T.A. Obreza, Professor, Soil and Water Science Department, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.

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