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School of Environment and Natural Resources


Safer, Cleaner Soil and Water... and saving big money in the process

"The soil is the great connector of our lives," author Wendell Berry once said. SENR professor, Nick Basta, has developed a low-cost way to treat the lead that contaminates soil in our cities. Lead in soil can make kids sick and makes the land unfit for gardens. His method is just a quarter the cost of the next-cheapest option—a big help for cash-strapped communities, especially ones ramping up urban farming.