Former Orchard Lands
From 1905 to 1947, many orchards used lead arsenate pesticides. These
pesticides left lasting arsenic and lead contamination in soils.
of Washington, former
orchards have been turned into neighborhoods, schools, and parks. People
living, working, and playing in these soils may be at risk.Map of orchard acreage by county
Dirt Alert brochure:
Former orchard lands
Dirt Alert En Espanol
Healthy Actions to
reduce contact with soil
School and Park Cleanups
Ecology funded cleanups at 26 schools and two parks in central and eastern
Washington. Click here for a list of links to the cleanup websites for
Children play near the ground and put dirty hands in their mouths, putting them
in contact with soil and dust that may be contaminated. Their small, still
developing bodies are also more susceptible damage from arsenic and lead
exposure. Ecology’s cleanups have helped protect thousands of children in
the places they play.
Staying Safe at Home
You can take simple
to reduce your exposure. If you’d like
to know what’s in your dirt, Ecology has
soil sampling brochures. Check
with your local planning department to find out if your neighborhood was built
on former orchard lands.
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