Reducing Road Salt

Road Salt pollution is threatening Adirondack waters. Studies now show that Adirondack lakes and streams near roads are contaminated and drinking water wells are becoming contaminated at an alarming rate.  We are working with a broad group of stakeholders to address this complex issue. 

Saving our water, protecting infrastructure

We have been working to reduce road salt pollution in the Adirondacks since 2010. We administer the Adirondack Road Salt Working Group to foster a unified regional strategy to reduce road salt pollution and to publicly recommend and support alternative deicing products/techniques and best management practices to help save our valuable water resources and protect private and public infrastructure and vehicles from corrosion. 

By partnering with local colleges, organizations, and private research firms, we help to uncover the true impacts of road salt in the Adirondacks. We sponsor research to get answers for our specific region and promote the sharing of research relevant to decision making for winter road maintenance. Focus areas include: surface water, ground water (including drinking water), economic impacts, and public health.

AdkAction has hosted four Road Salt Conferences to bring to light the harmful environmental, economic, and health impacts of over-salting our roadways. We have worked with the New York State Department of Transporation to establish six road salt pilot areas since 2011. We adminster the Adirondack Road Salt Working Group, designed to engage regional stateholders in indentifying gaps in knowlege of road salt impacts and evaluate safe and effective alternative that will lead to a reduction in the use of road salt. In 2018, AdkAction leadership was appointed to the Strategic Road Salt Working Group, a chartered committee consisting of decision-makers at NYS Deparment of Transporation, Department of Environmental Conservation, Depaarment of Health, Independent Researchers, and advocacy organizations.

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State Responsible for Salt Polluting Wells in the Adirondacks

A recently completed study of Adirondack wells showed that the majority of wells that receive runoff from state roads are contaminated by salt. The study was conducted by Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute, and sampled roughly 400 private wells from across the Adirondack Park.

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Road salt is wreaking havoc on our fresh Adirondack water and costing individual and government millions in corrosion damages. Will you pitch in stop the overuse of road salt?

Resources

  • Pledge to Reduce Road Salt
  • Road Map to Reduce Road Salt

Pledge to Reduce Road Salt 

Municipalities across the Adirondacks are signing on to our Pledge to Reduce Road Salt MOU to show their support for our vision of a Park-wide salt reduction strategy. 

Download the Pledge here. Interested municipalities are asked to pass a resolution in favor of signing the Pledge and to returns signed pledges to Brittany@AdkAction.org. Pledge to reduce road salt MOU

Road Map to Reduce Road Salt

Easy to read research summaries detailing the local impacts of road salt pollution and a listing of best practices for salt reduction. 

Download the digital version here or request a hardcopy by emailing info@adkaction.org.

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