Winter weather brings out fleets of vehicles working to keep roads clear and parking lots free of icy hazards. But run-off of the salt and chemicals used will harm the life in creeks and streams.
Biologist Danelle Haake has researched options to treat slippery pavement without compromising her ecological focus, water quality. "Brining" uses conventional road salt, dissolved, in much smaller quantities. Her findings are informing local decisions with data on salt concentration in streams during icy-road treatment periods.
Her perspective can help officials and citizens alike care for aquatic critter health.
This Earthworms conversation affirms the importance of urban and suburban streams and supports transportation safety efforts.
Local presentations on this topic are open to the public. Summer is the time to consider ecological winter road maintenance..
THANKS to Anna Holland, Earthworms audio engineer.
Music: Inferno Reel, performed live at KDHX by Matt Finner