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Are unpaved alleys in Trail a source of lead?

Unpaved alleys in Trail were identified as a potential source of lead by the Trail Lead Task Force. They recommended annual dust suppressant application to reduce dusting, which has been applied annually by the City of Trail since 1993. The City also completes annual monitoring and maintenance of unpaved alleys including grading and gravel placement.

A recent study was conducted in seven unpaved alleys in Trail to compare current soil and dust levels with historical data. Results showed that lead levels in alleys are lower than historical levels and below the levels where soil management is prioritized.

Residents with concerns regarding dusty conditions in unpaved alleys can report their concerns to the City’s grounds and roads superintendent.

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