Saturday, May 16, 2015

Free soil testing May 12 - June 26

The UDC Environmental Quality Testing Laboratory (EQTL) of the University of the District of Columbia, is launching a second trial of soil quality testing for DC residents! The free service will be offered on a first come, first served basis for a limited time until June 26, 2015. The service is courtesy of a USDA-grant funded to analyze soil samples in home and community gardens around D.C., and to inform gardeners about the quality of their soil in terms environmental trace metals and essential elements. 

If you are interested, please complete the following steps: 

1. Complete the application form

2. Collect your soil sample by following the protocol guidelines. Samples that do not follow proper procedure will not be accepted.

3. Hand deliver the sample to the EQTL Lab, Building 42, Room 110, on the Van Ness campus, Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., or by appointment. 

Please note that we can only accept one composite sample per home garden or individual community garden plot. Please ensure the sample is not too wet to process (due to rain or watering the previous day). 

The DC Water Resources Research Institute is housed under the UDC Center for Sustainable Development, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences. Funded by USGS, the Institute provides seed grants to innovative water-related projects that identify problems of and contribute solutions to DC water issues. 

The Van Ness Campus is located at 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20008. For more information, contact Dr. Tolessa Deksissa at or (202) 274-5273. 

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