Soil is vital to us here in Montana in more ways than one. We grow crops on a scale ranging from a single family use to large acreage coverage. Our children play outside, we enjoy laying blankets on the ground for picnics, concerts, the markets in the summer, and the wind to cool us off in the warmer months which, carries dirt as well.
It is important to test soil if we want to know what nutrients are missing from our crops as well as knowing if there are any harmful chemicals in the soil. Soil in Lewis & Clark County should be tested especially due to mining, abandoned mines, and super fund sites such as the Asarco Smelter. These vital aspects of our history unfortunately can contribute to harmful chemical runoff, soil contaminants, and a reduction in air quality that not only affects our water but also human, livestock, and fish health.
Knowing what your soil needs to grow crops, or what possible health risks you may be subject to is important to help the Lewis & Clark County raise awareness and to apply best management practices (BMPs) to continue healthy and sustainable growth within our community.
Due to the Asarco Smelter Super Fund site located in East Helena, the Lewis and Clark Public Heath Department constructed an interactive map where you can enter your address and find out information about the soils in your yard.
We advise anyone interested in testing their soil to use Energy Laboratory and if you have any further questions before and after, please contact us!