Highly toxic residue from winter road salt is killing aquatic life

December 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Salting a snowy and icy road is standard procedure for most cities and towns. Where that salt ends up is rarely a concern, but according to new research  it is concerning because the salt washes into rivers and streams and remains highly toxic through the rest of the year. Scientific American reports that in states like Wisconsin, where salt is used liberally to clear icy roads, the levels of sodium chloride in rivers, streams, and lakes is as much as 15 times higher than the federal level suggests to protect fish, amphibians, and small crustaceans. Read the rest of Highly toxic residue from winter road salt is killing aquatic life Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alaska , eco issues , fresh water salt pollution , ground water issues , groundwater , river salt , rivers , road salt , salt , salt in drinking water , salt pollution , stormwater runoff , streams , vermont , water damage , water pollution , water runoff , waterways , wisconsin

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Highly toxic residue from winter road salt is killing aquatic life

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