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Environmental impact of road salting

Philip H. Jones

Environmental impact of road salting

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by Philip H. Jones

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Published by Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Toronto in Toronto .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Roads -- Snow and ice control -- Environmental aspects.,
  • Salt -- Environmental aspects.

  • Edition Notes

    StatementP.H. Jones, B.A. Jaffray ; assisted by P.K. Watler and H. Hutchon.
    ContributionsJaffray, B. A., University of Toronto. Institute for Environmental Studies., Ontario. Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
    The Physical Object
    Paginationvi, 90 p.
    Number of Pages90
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL19176151M

      As the sight of trucks and plows on icy roads becomes a winter memory, a study from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies reveals the impact of road salt on private drinking water wells. Salt vs. Sand for Winter Road Safety. as all materials have their own characteristic environmental impact. From an environmental friendly scale perspective, sand is better than deicing chemical. You should use sand whenever you possibly can to avoid the effects of deicing chemicals. Your ultimate environmental strategy should always be to.

      The use of road deicing salts in regions that experience cold winters is increasing the salinity of freshwater ecosystems, which threatens freshwater resources. Yet, the impacts of environmentally relevant road salt concentrations on freshwater organisms are not well understood, particularly in stream ecosystems where salinization is most severe.   See what they and the Maryland Department of the Environment are doing to manage road salt treatment here. If you’d like to read the latest science on the environmental and health impacts of road salt pollution, check out this report by the Carey Institute for Ecosystem Studies.

    “Road salt” is a generic term for deicing agents that contain sodium chloride and other chloride salts. These salts lower the freezing temperature of water, which helps to keep roads free from ice and snow. While there's no question that deicing pavements is necessary to prevent accidents and . Continue reading to learn what impact road salt has on our environment and available alternatives. Road salt is applied to our roads and sidewalks, either before or after a snow storm, in an attempt to prevent ice and snow. The primary road salt used is Sodium Chloride which lowers the freezing temperature of water.


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Environmental impact of road salting by Philip H. Jones Download PDF EPUB FB2

People have long known that salting roads helps keep them free of ice, but what hasn’t been well understood is how the millions of tons of salt spread on U.S roads every year impact the environment. However, recent research indicates that salt is accumulating in the environment and poses an emerging threat both to ecosystems and human health.

Road salt – or deicer – is used to melt ice and snow from paved roadways in the winter. In North America it is used regularly in northern states and provinces, and on high elevation roads. Road salt improves tire adherence to the pavement, greatly increasing vehicle safety, but it has effects on the environment beyond the road surface.

Evaluating the impact of de-icing salts on urban vegetation is challenging due to the heterogeneity of the urban environment, where weather, road and traffic conditions as well as management practices interact in the resulting salt load and spread (Cunningham et al.,Lundmark and Jansson, ).Cited by:   A Salt on Wildlife Health: The Environmental Impacts of Road Salt.

by CWHC Icy a Slippery Situation Ice is a major problem in Canada during the winter and the application of road salt is a fairly unremarkable and common occurrence in much of the country during this frosty time of the year. In most cases common rock salt (NaCl.

Salt does an amazing job melting ice and preventing falling snow from accumulating. Unfortunately, salt has some real negative effects on the environment that are all too often ignored for the sake of how well it works.

Salt’s impact on the environment. 5-million tonnes of road salt is used to de-ice roadways in Canada each year. The environmental impact of road salt use in Canada has been documented in several studies, including a comprehensive five-year scientific assessment completed in by Environment Canada.

This assessment concluded that road salt is entering the environment in quantities that may pose immediate or long term environmental risks. Salting before a storm, instead of after, can prevent snow and ice from binding to the asphalt, making the post-storm cleanup a little bit easier and allowing road crews to use less salt overall.

Road salts enter the environment through losses at salt storage and snow disposal sites and through runoff and splash from roadways. The assessment report, published on December 1, concluded that high releases of road salts were having an adverse effect on freshwater ecosystems, soil, vegetation and wildlife.

The publication of this report. quality. It only takes one teaspoon of road salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water. We are trying to spread the word that less is more when it comes to applying road salt because at high concentrations, chloride can harm the fish and plant life in our waters.

There are many ways to reduce salt use while maintaining high safety standards. Wildlife Impacts. Road salt in the environment affects the health of wildlife, including birds and mammals. Birds, the most sensitive wildlife species to salt, often mistake road salt crystals for seeds or grit.

Consumption of very small amounts of salt can result in. The Code recommends that road organizations that use over t/year of salt or who have salt-vulnerable areas in their territory review their existing winter maintenance operations to improve practices and reduce adverse impacts of salt releases in the environment.

This includes the development and implementation of salt management plans. Amid growing concerns about heavy use of road salt, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) says it is working to reduce the salt that goes into rivers, streams, and groundwater.

It “can threaten public health and the environment – including the water that we drink,” MDE says. But one contributing corrosive was road salt, washed into the river after it was used to de-ice frozen bridges. Oh, and about drinking water: road salt’s in there too.

That year threshold predicted by the PNAS study is also the point at which the taste of salt becomes perceptible in tap water, though a few locales are already reporting a.

Scott, W. S.:‘Road salt movement into 2 Toronto streams’, Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division (EE3), – Google Scholar Scott, W. S.:‘An analysis of factors influencing deicing salt levels in streams’, Journal of Environmental Managem – Understanding the legacy of salt in the environment.

Salt pollution lingers in ecosystems. Studies of freshwaters across the continent and in our own backyard are revealing long-term impacts of salt pollution and threats to drinking water supplies. Cary is working to change salting practices. Impacts of road-salt runoff on water-quality and aquatic organisms The earlier journal article, published in September in Environmental Science and Technology, investigated the influence of road-salt runoff on surface water and aquatic organisms at multiple spatial scales: national, regional (southeast Wisconsin), and local (Milwaukee).

Inthe Clarkson Center for the Environment issued a report documenting detailed environmental impacts of heavy use of sand and salt on state Ro affecting the Cascade Lakes and Chapel Pond. In addition to changes in lake chemistry, the report cited.

Road salt applications in Canada began in the s. To fully understand how these increasing chloride concentrations have affected lake ecosystems, we must look back in time. Books Design Food Music & Film Relyea has studied how road salt runoff impacts lakes as part of the Jefferson Project at Lake George in New York state.

culture and the environment. Road Salt Impacts to Groundwater Field Program • Environmental Impacts. • Impact on Winter Road Maintenance Operations. • Public Acceptance. •Cost. Cost Evaluation • Do Nothing $3, • 25% Road Salt Reduction $2, • % Elimination in 2-Yr Capture Zone $10.

Jones, environmental services commissioner for the city of Rochester, New York, purchases a yearly order of 27, tons of salt for de-icing .Transportation Association of Canada’s Road Salt Management Guide – A synthesis of best management practices for road salt management. Minnesota Pollution Consumer Control Agency’s Metro Area Chloride Project – Great info about the public and environmental impacts of chloride.The first concerns that come to mind in relation to pollution from road vehicles are direct emissions of carbon dioxide and toxic air pollutants.

These are, of course, important but the impacts of road traffic are altogether more substantial. This volume of the Issues in Environmental Science and Technology Series takes a broader view of the effects on the environment and human health.