Freshwater flooding, overflowing sewage and septic systems and other sources can have a significant effect on soil fertility and the physical properties of soil. If a flood has inundated containment systems, chemical storage warehouses, industrial areas, sewage handling and treatment systems, or livestock feeding operations, microbes, pesticides, hydrocarbons or heavy metals that can cause general environmental and health concerns may contaminate the soil.

Texas A&M AgriLife Research partners with departments and other institutes to help provide landowners and everyday citizens with the necessary information on tracking environmental effects on soils as well as ways to help keep the soil as well as the plants and vegetables that grow in the soil safe from these concerns.

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