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Healthy Yards Expo promotes green choices and practices

The 10th Annual Johnson County Healthy Yards Expo on Saturday, April 6, can help you make greener choices for your yards and homes. This free Earth-friendly home, lawn and garden event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shawnee Civic Centre, located at 13817 Johnson Drive in Shawnee.

The expo highlights many simple and easy environmentally-friendly practices that can be done to achieve a nice yard. Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is teaming with Johnson County Stormwater Management Program and the cities of Overland Park, Lenexa, Olathe and Shawnee to present the event.

Local businesses, non-profits, city and county departments (Johnson County Library and Johnson County Health and Environment) will offer seminars and tips that help Johnson County and surrounding area residents.  

Of special note, Brian Hanson, radon program coordinator for Kansas State University Engineering Extension, will be a guest speaker at the Healthy Yards Expo, at 10: 45 a.m. to discuss indoor air quality and the dangers of radon. He will also be at the Johnson County Extension booth with Extension agent Denise Dias to answer questions. They will have Do-It-Yourself radon kits available for purchase, as well. This simple, inexpensive test can reveal if a resident needs to take further action to protect their family from the dangers of radon.

According to the most recent data collected by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Kansas State University, the average radon level in Johnson County is 5.3 picocuries per liter(pCi/L) which is above the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended action level of 4 (pCi/L). EPA recommends fixing your home if your radon level is 4 pCi/L or higher.

Johnson County Radon Stats: (2017)

  • Maximum reported radon level: 309 pCi/L
  • Total number of measurements: 34,444
  • Total measurements 4 pCi/L or greater: 15,506
  • Total measurements 20 pCi/L or greater: 1,037

Visit the expo’s webpage for details on all the cool and fun things going on that day!