2:15 PM 02/07/2013
So I finally got my act together and tested my backyard soil - turns out I have elevated lead and chromium levels. Do folks have recommendations for soil remediation services? I already spoke to Eco-Brooklyn, based on the recommendation from the forum archives. Anyone else, just so that I could compare? Thanks!
Didn't mean to delete my answer was trying to comment on Dave's comment. Anyway, @ Dave, you seem to be very aware of how things work in NYC, very informative posts. All I am saying about potential DEP involvement is remediation companies bring nosy neighbors and questions. I don't think it is entirely out of the realm of possibility, maybe not certain, but certainly not "rediculous."
3:46 PM 02/07/2013 | 0 Votes
My post also got deleted. I questioned the lunacy that the DEP would get involved with backyard soil remediation. I stand by that. An oil tank is a completely diffrerent issue.
Fot soil remediation in a home backyard you just bring in the landscapers, remove the top and spread new soil. It's crazy to think that you are going to remove 3' (yes feet) of soil in a yard to deal with this. Bring in new soil, retest after a year. Let's not make a mountain out of a mole hill.
4:38 PM 02/07/2013 | 0 Votes
So to be clear, just what is the "scope" of the work that the remediation companies are proposing??? I say just get the lanscapers to take the top few inches out and replace. How far do the remediation companies say you have to go down???
Yes, if they are going to tent your yard and make it look like some HAZMAT operation you might as well call in the DEP and the EPA. LOL
4:42 PM 02/07/2013 | 0 Votes
dibs is right. I wonder how deeply dug the holes were where the soil samples were taken. Several green sites recommend certain kinds of plants to absorb some toxins & I think that combined w/ replacement of the first few inches is probably adequate. If the problem is a lot worse, you could consider putting a landscape fabric barrier down before adding the new topsoil.
4:50 PM 02/07/2013 | 0 Votes
Right, by remediation I did mean basically putting on a new layer of soil and sod, but I wanted to make sure that whoever did it has a good understanding of contamination risks. To that end, I'm reframing my question: anyone know of a good, inexpensive landscaper? If I were to add new soil myself, where would I get it from - the individual bags they sell at Home Depot or somewhere else?
4:56 PM 02/07/2013 | 0 Votes
Kings Nursery will deliver topsoil curbside. I did it when my GC was still working on the house so his crew was able to cart it to the back yard. It is labor intensive to bring 1/2 truckload of soil in small batches through the garden level, but it can be done.
8:51 AM 02/08/2013 | 0 Votes