A Salty Situation

CBF President Will Baker talks with CBF Senior Scientist Dr. Beth McGee about the effect of road salt on the Bay and its rivers and streams.

-Photo courtesy city of Frederick, Maryland

For more about road salt and the Bay, watch our video

 

Graphic: 1 (showing melting snowman) Snow Melt: Polluted runoff enters our water ways via snow melt, but not as quickly as it does from rainstorms. 2 (showing snow plow) Road Salt: Salt is currently the least expensive and most efficient de-icer available for municipal use. 3 (image of salt being poured on a dead fish) Bay Health: Large amounts of salt can disrupt the balance in our water ways. It is better to let salted snow melt on land for a more gradual influx.

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