EPA provided soil screening for NKCDC's event
EPA provided soil screening for NKCDC’s event

Last Saturday (July 12th) I went to NKCDC’s soil testing day with Dawn McDougall. The plan was for me to give a presentation on environmental hazards and soil contamination, but there was so much else going on that we tabled it for another event. At NKCDC’s Frankford Ave lot, residents not only screened soil from their yards, but could also get a free bucket of compost, talk to representatives from the local EPA office, and compare notes with their neighbors. It was great to see so many people with different kinds of expertise, experiences, and interests in the same place.

Environmental scientists at the EPA have created a collection of maps of the River Wards, looking at changes in use over time.
Environmental scientists at the EPA have created a collection of maps of the River Wards, looking at changes in use over time.

Below are some links to resources that Ami Diallo put together to help our team learn about urban soil contamination. I used these to prep for my presentation and will be adding more in the coming weeks. In addition to the below resources, I would definitely check out this recent article, “Philly Parks Have Too Much Lead in Soil, Even in Undisturbed Areas.” The article talks about research conducted by a Temple grad student, Stephen Peterson.

 

Environmental Protection Agency’s Soil Contamination Info

International Association of Certified Home Inspectors

Soil Facts by the Department of Soil Science, North Carolina State University

Greensgrow Farms – Soil Contamination and Remediation

Johns Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future – Urban Soil Safety

Soil Contamination and Urban Agriculture: A Practical Guide

 

 

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