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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2005 7:27 pm    Post subject: Salting the roads Reply with quote

A recent study found that road salt increased the salinity of lakes and streams in the NorthEast to levels as high as 25% of the salt content of seawater.

http://www.ecostudies.org/road_salt.html

Salting the roads solves one problem... slippery roads. It causes another problem... the tons of salt end up in our lakes, streams, and ground water. Salt can be toxic to plants and fish. It raises the pH of our lakes. According to biologists working for the Pinelands Commission, our lakes should have a pH around 4.8. Recent water tests in Mimosa Lakes showed pH levels of 7.4 and higher. Instead of being acidic, like Pine Barren lakes would be naturally, our lakes are becoming slightly alkaline.

Could we use gravel exclusively, instead of salt?
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