NKU students research lead in soil

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NKU science students Wednesday provided insight into how soil can be affected by lead and also how runoff affects NKU’s rain garden.

Lead is a poisonous substance that can sometimes be found in dirt. At the research lab they have a device that can measure the amount of lead inside dirt. Lead can also cause lead poisoning, especially if it contaminates food.

Emily Keener and Beth Knox are two students that spend their summer researching lead soil in the rain garden.

According to raingardennetwork.com, a rain garden is a shallow depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants in addition to grasses. The garden should be positioned near a runoff source like a downspout, driveway or sump pump to capture rainwater runoff and prevent it from entering a sewer.

Steven Richter