Yard Program updates

Since 2013, we've found almost 1,186 yards that qualify for soil replacement. To date, we have replaced soil in 277 yards within the Yard Program service area. In 2019 we plan on replacing soil in 50 yards in the service area.

In 2019 we plan on working on 36 yards in Tacoma (blue dots).
In 2019 we plan on working on 14 yards on Vashon-Maury Island.

Current progress: 2019 construction groups

In 2019, we plan on working on 50 yards in the Yard Program Service Area. Thirty-six of these properties are in Tacoma and 14 are located on Vashon-Maury Island.

Thirty of the yards are located in Area A outside of the EPA study area. This is the first year that we will be working on a large group outside of the study area. The actual number of properties we complete in 2019 depends on funding, when the funding becomes available, and contracting. 

New online map: Dirt Alert

In 2018, we launched a new online Dirt Alert map. The map focuses on the Tacoma Smelter Plume, but also covers other areas in the state where arsenic and lead soil contamination may exist: 

The map puts both information and data in one place. Where available, the map visually displays soil sampling data. It also provides useful links, such as our Healthy Actions webpage. For more information on the new map see our blog post. 

Healthy Actions

Healthy Actions are for everyone. They are simple practices you can do to reduce you and your family’s exposure to contaminated soil.

Sign up for free soil sampling

See our Soil Sampling webpage for more information. 


If you have questions, please call the Tacoma Smelter Plume line at 360-407-7688, press 2 for the Tacoma Smelter Plume.