Road Salt Task Force Members Finally Announced

We are thrilled to announce that Brittany Christenson, Executive Director of AdkAction, has just been appointed to the Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force. 

This long-awaited news comes one full year after the Randy Preston Road Salt Reduction Act was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on December 3, 2020. 

“I am honored to be appointed to this important Task Force and eager to get to work with the other knowledgeable appointees that the state has convened to address road salt pollution across the Adirondack Park. AdkAction has focused on road salt overuse for a decade and this opportunity to serve on the Task Force is the culmination of many years of research, education and outreach, and advocacy.  My compliments to the state for recognizing the seriousness of this issue and taking action to address it in a systematic way.” 

Serving on the Task Force is a volunteer position and while Brittany has the full support of the board of AdkAction to commit a substantial amount of time and energy to the group, we need your support to help offset the cost of her participation. By making a gift to our Road Salt Reduction Fund you can ensure that AdkAction members are well represented on the Task Force.

The Task Force is charged with identifying all current sources of salt contamination, reviewing current winter road management practices at all levels (local, state, and commercial), and submitting recommendations to strategically reduce road salt use through the region.

Following the recommendations, a three-year pilot program, which must first be reviewed and approved by the Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Conservation, is set to be implemented. 

Every day that passes without action is an assault to our drinking water, and our lakes, streams, and rivers. We are eager to finally address the unsustainable application of road deicers, which have compromised our drinking water, contaminated our lakes and streams, and wreaked havoc on our vehicles and infrastructure. Help us get to work immediately to bring your voice and perspectives to the Task Force!

 

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