Soils in the City


The liquefaction experiment starts by stirring water into soil.
May 21, 2015

Have you considered what might happen to your house during a liquefaction event? Sixth-grader Joshua Miller has.

When it comes to...

An urban garden with vegetables
May 13, 2015

Green thumbs, do not fret. Pockets of soil in urban areas are still available for the increasingly popular practice of urban gardening.

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May 04, 2015

A new approach to wastewater treatment may be key in efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Moreover, it can be profitable.

Phosphorus is...

Amy Densborn in lab with students
March 10, 2015

Amy Densborn, a teacher at Lewis Cass Junior and Senior High School in Walton, IN was selected as the recipient of a $1,500 grant from Soil...

Photo of arid soil courtesy of Oxfam International
January 12, 2015

Soil—it’s what’s under our feet. But it’s also what makes sure there is food and water in our stomachs, air in our lungs,...

Wetland plants
October 23, 2014

Dense stands of wetland plants excel at taking up nutrients and trapping sediment, so their presence signals improved water quality downstream,...

Sprinkler on a lawn
March 13, 2014

What do people living in Boston, Baltimore, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, and Los Angeles have in common? From coast to coast, prairie to...

Grad assistant in an urban garden
February 26, 2014

Growing your own vegetables can be a great practice for homeowners and renters. It promotes a healthier diet, saves money, and provides exercise....

Chicago City Hall rooftop garden
January 27, 2014

The purple lovegrass, orange trumpet vine and black-eyed Susan are no longer in bloom at this time of year. Yet one of the most prized...

Photo of White Rock Lake
July 25, 2013

Changes in climate and urbanization can affect watershed and stream health, but it can be difficult to tease apart the impacts of these two...