road salt

Snowplow with salt/sand (file)
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The New York Senate and Assembly members representing the Adirondack region have introduced legislation intended to limit road salt pollution.

Mirror Lake in Lake Placid
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The latest report assessing the health of Mirror Lake in the Adirondacks finds it continues to be negatively affected by road salt.

Courtesy of Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Using less road salt would help mitigate damaging effects on the environment, and on municipal and state budgets. So says a new report from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, which recommends strategies for reining in the overuse of road salt. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the report’s lead author.

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As the sight of trucks and plows on icy roads becomes a winter memory, a study from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies reveals the impact of road salt on private drinking water wells. The report focused on a town in Dutchess County.

Mirror Lake in Lake Placid
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The Ausable River Association has issued its second annual report on Mirror Lake’s water quality.  It finds that the Adirondack lake continues to experience high levels of salt – a threat to aquatic life.

Main Street in Lake Placid overlooking Mirror Lake and the Adirondacks
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The Town of North Elba plans to establish “salt-free zones” on some roads along Mirror Lake in Lake Placid this winter.  It’s part of a years-long effort to reduce salt runoff into the Adirondack lake.

View of Lake Champlain from Plattsburgh southeast towards Vermont
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A report issued this month assesses the changing salinity of freshwater lakes.  It finds increased sodium chloride in the North American lakes studied, most likely caused by using salt to de-ice roadways.

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Over the past three decades, the amount of salt in Lake George has tripled. The reason is road salt applied to surfaces throughout the surrounding watershed.

Photo of Icy Road
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The Save Lake George Partnership is funding a program aimed at controlling the amount of road salt applied to highways in the Lake George watershed.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is helping out cities and towns facing a shortage of road salt due to the series of storms that have hit the state.

So far, 22 municipalities have informed the state they need helping acquiring more salt.