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.
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.