Tacoma Smelter Plume: New Dirt Alert Videos!

Tacoma Smelter Plume: New Dirt Alert Videos!

The Tacoma Smelter Plume project has three new Dirt Alert videos that show simple actions you can take to keep you and your family healthy. You can also pick up some great gardening and landscaping tips for around the home.

These videos provide handy tips on:

  • Mulching: Ways to cover bare patches of soil
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    Click to go to our YouTube channel. 

  • Gardening: How to garden safely
  • Pets: Prevent pets from tracking in excess dirt into the home

What can I do?

Help us spread the word! Please share, post, and send our videos.

  • Tell your neighbors, friends and family these handy tips.
  • Commit to doing at least one action at your home.
  • Visit www.DirtAlert.info for more information.

The Tacoma Smelter Plume is a 1,000 square-mile-area of arsenic and lead soil contamination that affects King, Pierce, and Thurston Counties.  We partner with local county health departments to manage the health risks from soil contamination.

Not only are these great tips for people who live in the Tacoma Smelter Plume Area, they’re great tips for anyone living in areas with possible soil contamination, like the Everett Smelter Plume and Upper Columbia River/Lake Roosevelt Area. Even if you don’t live in one of these areas, these handy tips will help reduce the dirt and dust in your house, lessening effects of dust-caused illnesses like asthma and allergies. 

If you are an organization or group and would like to partner with Ecology, email stacy.galleher@ecy.wa.gov to help spread the word about Dirt Alert!

Gardening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV4YUdCHJjE

Mulching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKSU8vWfdOU

Pets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7GXlOnNzGU