For decades, road salt has provided a quick, inexpensive way to reduce traffic accidents and pedestrian falls. But that salt eventually ends up in our streams and rivers, where it can cause serious problems, including:
- Toxic conditions for fish and aquatic life, which has a ripple effect down the food chain
- Corroded pipes in drinking water systems, which can leach lead and other dangerous metals into our water
- Increased salt levels in drinking water — a danger for people with high blood pressure and other health conditions that require a low-sodium diet
We all need to travel safely during the winter months. However, public works departments and property managers need to move away from the “more is better” approach to road salts.
How are road salts (chloride) affecting your local streams? For a limited time, the League is offering FREE chloride test kits so you can find out! Post your results to our Winter Salt Watch map to help identify hot spots and use the outreach tools and tips to take action locally.
Visit iwla.org/saltwatch to get started today!