Throughout this project, we have encountered a number of programs and projects investigating heavy metals in soils. In addition, heavy metals can be found elsewhere in the environment: in air, water, house dusts, and foods. The human body’s exposure to heavy metals is the combined exposure of all environmental sources. Below we have compiled (and continue to add to) a set of resources and information about heavy metals, human and environmental health, regulatory action, and community action.

Our Soil Project Materials

Lead-Safe Capital Region Handout (modified from the original created by Howard W. Mielke for New Orleans)

Blood Lead

Lead is a heavy metal prevalent in our environment today due to the legacy of its mining, manufacturing, and use in many products, including lead-based paints and leaded gasoline. Because of lead’s prevalence in the environment and its long-term health impacts, particularly to young children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends and New York State requires blood lead testing for all children at ages one and two years. Children can be tested at their pediatrician or through the Rensselaer County Health Department. The CDC states that no safe blood lead level in children has been found. Click here to read more about blood lead testing and access information relevant to Rensselaer County.

Other Projects Investigating Soil/Working for Environmental Justice

There are a number of community and university projects investigating soil and working towards environmental justice that we have encountered throughout the course of Our Soil. We have learned a great deal from them and the resources that they have created. Click here to see a list and read more about these projects.