Study: Road Salt In Lakes, Rivers May Wipe Out Aquatic Life


GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE. THANKS FOR JOINING US. TWINCITIES LAKES AND RIVER FACE A POLE POLLUTION THREAT THAT COULD WIPE OUT FISH BY 2050. THAT IS ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY FROM RESEARCHERS AT WISCONSIN. THE SALT LEVELS COME FROM THE SALT WE USE TO MELT OUR WINTER ICE AND SNOW. THE BLAMEJUST DOESN’T GO TO LARGE USERS OF SALT. HOMEOWNERS WHO PUTDOWN SALT ARE TO BLAME AS WELL. . SILVER LAKE HAS AN UP NORTH FEEL AND A METRO AREA ADDRESS, BUT SILVER LAKE IS ONE OF 40 THAT HAS SALT LEVELS EXCEEDING POLE POLLUTION STANDARDS. WE’VE GOT 40 THAT HAVE CROSSED THE THRESHOLD AND ANOTHER 40 THAT ARE VERY NEAR. WELT EXCESSIVE SALT LEVELS HERE AND IN OTHER METRO LAKES DO NOT POSE AN IMMEDIATELY THREAT TO HUMANS THEY HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO CHOKE OUT INSECT AND FISH AND ULTIMATELY COULD LEAD TO A PROBLEM CONFRONTING WISCONSIN. SALTY TASTINGDRINKING WATER. . SO THEY’RE HAVING TO DEAL WITH HOW DO WE GET RID OF THE SALT TASTING WATER. THERE ARE REGULARLY SEMINARS LIKE THIS ONE TEACHING STATE AND LOCAL ORGANIZATION BETTER SALTING PRACTICES. IT TAKES A VERY SMALL AMOUNT TO MELT IC . AMONG THOSE GETTING THE MESSAGE THE MAN IN CHARGE OF SALTING DRIVEWAYS AND PARKING LOTS FOR COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 5 PUBLIC SCHOOLS. TO COME HERE TO THIS PROGRAM I’M LEARNING WHAT RIGHT THINGS TO DO AND WHAT’S NOT ACCEPTABLE TODAY. EVEN THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN THE TWIN CITY SUCCESS THREATENED. THERE’S BEEN AN 81% INCREASE IN SALT LEVELS, ONE FACTOR THE REMOVAL OF TREES FROM RIVER BANKS AND AREA LAKES THAT FOR CENTURIES HAVE HELPED CREATE NATURAL BARRIERS FROM SALT. . ONCE SALT IS IN WATER IT CAN ONLY BE REMOVED BY REVERSE OSMOSIS. AMONG THOSE TO BLAME FOR OVERSALTING IS NOT JUST CITIES AND COUNTIES BUT ALSO HOMEOWNERS AND THE SALT THEY PUT DOWN ON DRIVEWAYS, AND WE HAVE A LINK ON OUR WEBSITE AT WCCO.COM FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDING SALTING TIPS FOR ALL OF US.

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