Living in the Trail Area

The Trail area is a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. Our program offers advice, information and supplies to keep your home environment healthy and safe.  If you are new to the area or moving here, please look at our Moving To Trail brochure

Local residents often inquire about our home renovation and soil testing programs. Home renovations can be a source of exposure to lead, other metals, and other health hazards. Our program offers How-To videos, lead safe project advice, lead safety supplies and equipment loans to homeowners and tenants doing home renovations in Trail or Rivervale. The same support is available for renovators of pre-1976 homes throughout the Lower Columbia region. Contact us on weekdays for free safety supplies.

We recommend that all contractors use our lead-safe renovation guidelines and check out the section for Contractors on this website.  We have a list of Trail Area Lead Safe Contractors to help local residents find a contractor who has committed to working in a lead safe way.  Our goal is for all home renovators to use our lead-safe renovation program.  For more information on lead-safe home renovation, please see I'm Renovating.  

The Home & Garden Program offers soil testing for people with vegetable gardens, families with young children, and pregnant women in Trail and Rivervale.  Other requests are addressed on a case-by-case basis.  We also have a block-by-block program that tests soil in yards on properties close to the smelter where metal levels tend to be higher than in other parts of the community. We select these blocks based on previous sampling results.  

If you have questions about metals in soil or local produce, check out “What do I need to know about soil” in the Fact Sheet, the questions about soil in the FAQ,  or contact our Community Program Office. We’re here to answer your questions.

For information on our Family Health Program, see I’m a Parent.  Click any of the following links for more information about our organization, the Trail Area Health & Environment Committee, or to see minutes of our Committee meetings

Our program is community-led: we value feedback from local residents to ensure that our programs meet current needs and that our goals are on track.  Please contact our Program Office with any comments, suggestions or questions you may have.