There are local offices available for residential soil testing:
University of Georgia Extension offices are located across the state. Soil is tested for a fee. Fulton County office numbers are: North Fulton 404-613-7670 and South Fulton 404-762-4077. To find your local office please click here.
Georgia Department of Public Health is available to test lead levels in your bloodstream and will test your soil and home if needed. GPH will also assist with finding lead level assessors in your area. For more information on having your children’s blood lead levels tested by the GPH click here. For information on how you can have your soil tested click here.
In the News
A Community-Engaged Pilot Study Leads to EPA Site Investigation Taken from the Hercules Exposome Research Center
Emory University’s HERCULES Exposome Research Center funded a community-engaged pilot project investigating urban soil contamination in Atlanta. The study has led to an EPA site investigation and is an example of how partnering with communities strengthens science and expands its impact.
The original goals of the study were to: 1) quantify levels of heavy metal and metalloid (HMM) soil contamination and bioavailability in urban gardens; and 2) determine the potential of commonly used plants and practices to reduce the HMM concentration and bioavailability. In total, 355 soil samples from 19 neighborhood home gardens and yards were analyzed for lead, arsenic, chromium, cadmium, and 20+ other HMM.
Georgia Climate Conference
Hosted by the Georgia Climate Project, the 2019 Georgia Climate Conference brought together more than 430 leaders and experts from the publc, private, non-profit, and academic sectors to collaborate, raise awareness of work across the state, highlight progress, and identify opportunities to do more. We focused on two questions: (1) What does a changing climate mean for Georgia? and (2) What can we do about it?
Our lab member Laura Toledo was a panelist for “Climate U: How Georgia’s Colleges and Universities are Engaging on Climate,” in which faculty, staff, and students at colleges and universities across the state, presented about their studies on climate change and the practical steps they are taking to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate impacts.
Atlanta Science Festival
Our group hosted an event for the Atlanta Science Festival on March 9th, 2019 at Urban Fresh. Event participants learned about soil and urban agriculture in Atlanta! Farmers and scientists spoke about how to start your own garden, potential risks from soil contamination, and simple ways to clean your soil. Participants brought their own soil in a Ziploc bag to be tested for heavy metals!
We also hosted a booth at the Atlanta Science Festival Expo on March 23rd, 2019 from 11 AM-4 PM at Piedmont Park.