Nicholas Basta, Professor of Soil and Environmental Science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University was selected to deliver a presentation at the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) 2019 Congressional Soils Caucus Briefing Series in Washington, DC on June 14.
The Congressional Soils Caucus, established in 2006, educates policymakers and stakeholders about the importance of soil conservation and management to ensure continued sustainable production of high-quality and abundant food, fuel, feed and fiber, while protecting and enhancing the environment and natural resources base across the nation.
Four congressional briefings are part of the series and the SSSA effort to enhance knowledge and understanding of the role soil and soil science play in addressing pressing issues in society and to educate caucus members on important and timely soil science research.
Professor Basta presented on urban community health and the connection between urban soil restoration and urban community restoration. His presentation, “Cleaning up lead and other dirty issues in soil for community health on a budget” emphasized the importance of soil testing, inexpensive remediation practices and education to protect human and ecological health when revitalizing urban vacant lots.
Nick Basta has a very active research program focused on chemistry, bioavailability, and environmental fate and remediation of contaminants in soil. His program focuses on soil health and risk-based environmental chemistry and bioavailability of contaminants in soil with emphasis on human, agronomic and ecosystem pathways. His soil environmental chemistry program is known for novel bioavailability based remediation of soil.