Baykeeper recently received a pollution hotline tip about a company that dumped material on a shoreline site. The potentially toxic substance was embedded in the dirt, so Baykeeper's scientists used a method known as core sampling to extract several layers of sediment.
A local lab is now testing the soil samples for toxic metals like lead and copper. If the results show harmful levels of contamination, Baykeeper's legal team will take action to hold the polluters responsible for cleaning up the mess.
Below, Baykeeper Senior Scientist Jon Rosenfield aboard the Baykeeper boat preparing a core sample of potentially contaminated sediment from the Bay's shoreline (Photo: Robb Most).