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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Citizen Science Phytoremediation Research StLouis

Citizen Science Research  Phytoremediation Project

Toxins and Contaminants are removed the Natural Way by using Plants in a process called Phytoremediation.

Article 3 Plants as Water Protectors blog series
Article 5- Phytromediation Rafts with Electrokinetics
Article 4- Plants as Water Protectors
Article 3- Citizen Science Phytoremediation Research StLouis
Article 2- St Louis IKEA Phyto Buffer Zone pt2
Article 1- IKEAs lesser known environmental project

Project Location: Lemay Ferry Road 63125 Google Map Location.  Plants used in the phytoremediation stop the contaminants from the Automobiles and Buildings along Lemay Ferry Road before they enter River Despair at the bottom of the hill. River Despair flows into the Mississippi River a few miles down stream.
Phytoremediation Citizen Science Map Lemay Ferry Rd River Despair StLouis MO
Phytoremediation Citizen Science Map Lemay Ferry Rd River Despair StLouis MO
Lemay Ferry Road Phytoremediation Citizen Science Research Proj
Natural Contaminent Removal by Phytoremediation
 Scotty Citizen Science Research Phytoremediation Ripparian Buffer Zone Tweet
Scotty Citizen Science Phytoremediation Research Tweet
This is not the only phytoremediation buffer zone in StLouis. I have previously shared the IKEA buffer zone: IKEAs lesser known environmental project and St Louis IKEA Phyto Buffer Zone pt2 

A phytoremediation buffer zone is just what is needed at the Westlake Landfill.

Alex interview with independent media on Republic Services failure to address the nuclear waste that is affecting the People and Environment
Alex Cohen St Louis Public Radio Interview: When Scientist Lie, People Die
I mentioned this situation in the ElectroHemp proposal I submitted to MoDNR and EPA Region 7 while attending the Bidgeton Landfill Community Meeting where I took this popular Google Local Guide photo .

Just recently the Missouri Department of Natural Resources released a document that showed the nuclear contamination traveled from the landfill in the rain storms of 2016.

The Nuclear Waste Contaminants are spreading into the community: 

"Stormwater from just outside the fence line of the West Lake Landfill complex, the dumping ground for Manhattan Project-era radioactive waste, contains a variety of radioactive isotopes, according to test results released late last month by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
The sampling of stormwater overflow, conducted on April 30 as heavy rains pounded the region, found levels of alpha particle activity that exceed the threshold allowed for drinking water. Uranium, radium and gross beta readings all registered within acceptable limits for drinking water, which the department used as a comparative baseline because of its stringent standards. StLouis Post Dispatch "
Dawn Chapman shared the MODNR latest fings as well:
Dawn Chapman added a photo in West Lake Landfill.
   
Dawn Chapman
June 30 at 4:44pm
**Important** Radioactive Alpha particles found by the State of MO DNR in Storm Water from this past Spring above safe levels (MCL's)
Storm Water runoff was tested on April 30, 2017 for radioactive particles by the State of MO and the results released confirm that they were found. Levels of gross Alpha particles were above MCL (Maximum Contaminant Level). Now, ONLY after the results came back above MCL, they are going to test for Thorium isotopes. While we are glad the State of MO stepped in to test, it is upsetting that Thorium is still being ignored. For those who are new to this situation, this waste has sat on the surface of the landfill for almost 44 years....so you can only imagine what 43+ years of storm water runoff looks like and where it has all gone. To add insult to injury....EPA CONTINUES to say no rad. waste has left this site! The State of MO's test results do NOT support this conclusion!

"Results for gross alpha exceeded MCLs, and could not be fully attributed to Radium and Uranium results, therefore analysis for isotopic Thorium was ordered. Those results will
be posted when available. All data has been shared with EPA."

https://dnr.mo.gov/bridgeton/docs/20170430StormWaterResults.pdf
**Important** Radioactive Alpha particles found by the State of MO DNR in Storm Water from this past...

Why is this a big deal you may ask? 
The Cancer Clusters of StLouis is the reason.
St Louis Cancer Cluster Map copied from FUSRAP documents
If you would like to learn more about the ongoing catasphrope in StLouis that is killing my neighbors a new film just debuted recently: Atomic Home Front





Thursday, September 1, 2016

St Louis IKEA Phyto Buffer Zone pt2

The magic happens before the toxins and pollutants go into the St Louis storm water system.

Phytoremediation Process Plant Diagram Root Stem Leaves
Link  

Article 2 Plants as Water Protectors blog series

Article 5- Phytromediation Rafts with Electrokinetics
Article 4- Plants as Water Protectors
Article 3- Citizen Science Phytoremediation Research StLouis
Article 2- St Louis IKEA Phyto Buffer Zone pt2
Article 1- IKEAs lesser known environmental project

Plants and the Plant Roots phyto-extract the toxins that washes into the riparian buffer zone from the parking lot of the IKEA store in St Louis.
Elevated drainage point in buffer zone gives the phytoremediation plants root systems the time needed to absorb the toxins.





The following land uses are considered to have a potential for contaminated soil, which may adversely affect the quality of groundwater discharging to surface water. These uses may qualify a project site, or portions of a project site, as a hotspot.
  • Sites designated as Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act sites, also known as Superfund Sites,
  • Auto recycler facilities and junk yards,
  • Commercial laundry and dry cleaning facilities,
  • Commercial nurseries,
  • Vehicle fueling stations, service and maintenance areas,
  • Toxic chemical manufacturing and storage facilities,
  • Petroleum storage and refining facilities,
  • Public works storage areas,
  • Airports and deicing facilities,
  • Railroads and rail yards,
  • Marinas and ports,
  • Heavy manufacturing and power generation facilities,
  • Landfills and hazardous waste material disposal facilities, and
  • Sites located on subsurface material such as fly ash known to contain mobile heavy metals and toxins.

Suggestion on Designing a Riparian Phytoremediation Buffer Zone for the St Louis Region: 

  • Rainfall Distribution 50 years of rainfall data for St. Louis, indicates that 90 percent of all rainfall events are 1.14 inches or smaller. 
  • Communities with large geographic areas may find it beneficial to obtain data from different areas in a community to account for variability in rainfall patterns. 
  • Rainfall data sets and distributions can be derived from weather service organizations such as the United States Geological Survey (http://mo.water.usgs.gov/) Cumulative Rainfall Distribution for St. Louis, MO

Next post: How would a Phytoremediation Buffer Zone help Westlake Landfill.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

IKEAs lesser known environmental project

If only more business cared about the environment as much as IKEA does.

Most everyone has heard that the St Louis IKEA Store is powered by solar panels!  Here is a lesser known environmental project they have incorporated into the property along Forest Park and Vandeventer Streets.
The parking lot in of the St Louis IKEA store drains into a low $$$ cost natural phytoremediation filter system.

Article 1 Plants as Water Protectors blog series

The IKEA's Engineers and Crew that installed the water filtration Phytoremediation project did a seamless job of blending the bioremediation system into the natural environment.  If it wouldn't have been for my growing the Kenaf plants and seeing the unmistakable Kenaf Flowers- I may not have noticed. 

Ikea Store Flags and Kenaf Flowering Plants used modified Riparian Buffer StLouis
IKEA Store Flags and Kenaf Flowering Plants used modified Riparian Buffer StLouis 
Ikea Parking Lot drains away from the building into modified riparian buffers along Forest Park Parkway and Vandeventer
IKEA Parking Lot drains away from the building into modified riparian buffers along Forest Park Parkway and Vandeventer
Any contaminants that escape or drip from the Autos in the parking lot will eventually make their way into the modified riparian buffer zone that removes the toxins naturally
Any contaminants that escape or drip from the Autos in the parking lot will eventually make their way into the modified riparian buffer zone that removes the toxins naturally
The break in the concrete curb allows the water to enter the riparian buffer zone where the Plants naturally cycle the toxins from the water.
The break in the concrete curb allows the water to enter the riparian buffer zone where the Plants naturally cycle the toxins from the water.
Phytoremediation Plants are growing in a bed of Gravel and Rock allowing the roots of the plants direct contact with the toxins that will be removed by Phytoremediation.
Phytoremediation Plants are growing in a bed of Gravel and Rock allowing the roots of the plants direct contact with the toxins that will be removed by Phytoremediation.

 In ElectroHemps IKEAs next sustainable bioremediation post (publication date 9/1/16) I will explain with photos, diagrams, and CAD drawings how the water toxins are removed before entering the public water system.

Toxins and Contaminants are removed the Natural Way by using Plants in a process called Phytoremediation

https://electrohemp.blogspot.com/2017/07/citizen-science-phytoremediation.html



Friday, August 19, 2016

Healthy Environments Require Citizen Scientists

The recent email from the USDA.blog is a perfect example of how everybody can and is making a difference in creating a healthy environment by actively partaking in Citizen Science activities.


Citizen Science Protects the Environment and is Encouraged

A couple of interesting points were made and really jumped out and encouraged me to share this message to everyone who is being negatively affected by the environmental warnings that happen in Nature.  

Simple fact: if it negatively affects the natural environment- it also negatively affects you and your health.
- "Organizations rely on so-called best available science for management decisions....the best Scientific Information does not necessarily come from peer-reviewed scientific publications"

The full article that appeared in the 

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