Soil Lead Project

Soil Lead Project

Why do we need a soil lead remediation study?

This study looks at strategies to reduce the transfer of lead in soil to garden crops, gardeners, farmers, and children. Children are at the highest risk of lead exposure because of their small bodies and rapid brain development. Children and adults can be exposed to lead by accidentally swallowing (ingestion) or breathing in (inhalation) soil particles that contain lead.

The goals of this study are:

1) To identify methods to reduce the risk of exposure to lead in residential soils.

2) To identify a low-cost method that will cause lead to undergo a chemical change that will render lead biologically inaccessible upon exposure.

This study is being conducted in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park.


This study seeks to enroll individuals with gardens or turf lawn to be used for confidential testing.


Participants will first be visited by the research team to collect soil samples from their garden. At this initial visit the research team will select a 2x2 foot square of the garden and small soil samples will be collected from this study area. In a second visit, one type of amendment will be applied per site. Approximately 1 year after the second visit, the sampling team will return to the property and resample the soil.


The participants will receive test results at the close of the project. Participants will be invited to group discussions focused on gardening and ways to minimize risk associated with soil lead contamination.

To learn more about the study contact Allison Harris at or 313-894-1030.



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