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URL error re: soil testing, grading and cost for cleaning

  • Subject: [cg] URL error re: soil testing, grading and cost for cleaning
  • From: "John Verin" jverin@pennhort.org
  • Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2002 15:58:02 -0400
  • Content-class: urn:content-classes:message
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  • Thread-topic: URL error re: soil testing, grading and cost for cleaning

The URL is www.savethegarden.org
not .com

Paco John Verin
City Wide Coordinator - Philadelphia Green
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
100 North 20th Street, 5th floor
Philadelphia, PA  19103-1495
Phone: 215-988-8885; Fax 215-988-8810
http://www.pennsylvaniahorticulturalsociety.org 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
> [mailto:community_garden-admin@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Bill Maynard
> Sent: Thursday, October 03, 2002 11:25 AM
> To: 'community_garden@mallorn.com'
> Subject: [cg] re: soil testing, grading and cost for cleaning
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Here what is happening in sacramento.  Our oldest garden (30 
> years) the
> mandella com garden (on state land) is slated for 
> relocation...due to a
> housing project (see more info at The
> <http://www.savethegarden.com>    ...a portion of the garden 
> will be saved
> for the new residents of the $250,000 - $300,000 homes or 
> townhouses...will
> they use it?
> 
> CADA the city agency offered to find a replacement garden 
> site.  The first
> site selected about 5 blocks away was found to be extremely
> contaminated...that site was dumped and a new site was found 
> about 10 blocks
> away.  This site was purchased and soil samples taken...using a random
> method of taking soils samples (computer generated) high 
> levels of arsenic
> and lead where found....the 18" to 34" of soil was removed 
> from the 1 acre
> site (trucked to a site in Nevada) ...the site was 
> retested...some hot spots
> were found with higher levels of lead then before....that 
> soil was removed
> to Nevada also...the top soil fill dirt was tested before bringing it
> in...it tested fine...many loads of soil were brought to the 
> sight over a 4
> days grading operation...the site is now graded and awaiting 
> transfer of
> title from CADA to the city of sacramento parks and rec 
> dept...our first
> community garden in the city of sacramento parks system!
> 
>  The cost of the soils testing from a private company, 
> (taking the samples,
> analysis - for everything possible - much more than U of 
> Mass. Does - the
> full palette - hydrocarbons, petroleum by products, etc, 
> writing reports on
> it, and meetings), soil removal, more soil testing and 
> trucking to Nevada,
> testing of new soil, trucking to the new site, and final 
> grading to the site
> (finished this week) .   cost so far has been $600,000.... 
> much more than
> expected...but the deal was made... and CADA followed thru with their
> commitment to find a replacement for the garden.  
> 
> I talked to the grading contractors at the site... they were 
> "...amazed that
> big bucks where spent on a F#$%&#G garden!  That with the 
> freeway access
> this site should be a strip mall"....
> 
>  It will be a beautiful site....a little noisy as it is near the
> freeway...80-90 decibels (but that's another list serve question)
> 
> The Mandella gardeners still move forward with trying to save 
> the garden...
> a few months back Julia "butterfly" Hill (old growth Redwoods 
> tree sitter -
> 800 days?) came to talk at a rally at the garden; them we 
> marched thru the
> state capitol park to City Hall....
> 
> alternate plans exist from another developer that would save 
> the entire
> garden and bring a housing element that would be more 
> affordable ....but
> until the other developer backs out of the deal (which he 
> still may) plans
> for the leveling of the mandella garden are scheduled for this
> winter....then the soils removal and testing will begin there 
> to 30 year
> soil that was believed to be clean and healthy and was planned to be
> relocated to the new garden site....
> 
> If the mandella garden is saved (which it still can be) we 
> will have gained
> another community garden in the process...
> 
> I will keep you posted.....
> 
> 
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