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ROAD CLOSURE: COLLEGE AVENUE

Monday, August 8, 2022

College Avenue is closed between 15th Street west to the railroad tracks to allow City contractor Niblock to mill and repave the road. The closure will go through Aug. 12 and lane restrictions will continue through Aug. 23. more

RAILROAD CROSSING CLOSURE

Monday, August 8, 2022

The railroad crossings at College Avenue (CR 36), east of Century Drive, and CR 31, south of College Avenue, are closed to allow Norfolk Southern to work on the tracks beginning Monday, Aug. 8. The closure will last for 1 to 3 days, according to Norfolk Southern. more

LANE RESTRICTIONS

Monday, August 8, 2022

Go to https://bit.ly/3zK2qtk for an interactive map showing the affected roads. Road milling begins Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022 on the following roads: • Berkey Avenue between S Greene Road and Dewey Avenue • Carter Road • Fescue Court • Logan Street between Lincoln Avenue and the tracks •... more

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Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, August 15, 2022, 2:00pm

To join the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81801258378 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 847 4800 4365 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Board of Aviation

Monday, August 15, 2022, 2:00pm

This meeting is in-person only.

Park Board

Monday, August 15, 2022, 4:30pm

To join the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89736482570 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 897 3648 2570 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Salt Pollution

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The pavement is white with excess salt and salt can be seen on the sidewalk by the storm drain.

(Return to the Stormwater Management Home Page) (December 2018 Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter)

Salt Pollution has an Impact on Water Quality and has been given the name 'Freshwater Salinization Syndrome'

Salt Pollution impacts the quality of water in our local waterways (ditches, creeks, rivers, and lakes), as well as our groundwater resources, long after the winter months have passed and salt is no longer being applied to roadways because salt can come from other sources as well.

 (Image credit: Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies)

Many different human activities can increase salt pollution in surface waters and drinking water resources. These activities include the application of road salt, mine drainage, sewage, fracking brine, and agricultural runoff especially fertilizer runoff.

 

This map shows changes in the salt content of fresh water in rivers and streams across the United States over the past half-century. Warmer colors indicate increasing salinity, while cooler colors indicate decreasing salinity. The black dots represent the 232 U.S. Geological Survey monitoring sites that provided the data for a new study. (Ryan Utz/Chatham University)

Note: it only takes 1 teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute 5 gallons of water to a level that is toxic for freshwater ecosystems.

What Each of us Can Do

Each of us can do our part to make sure salt pollution does not continue to get worse. Here are a few tips:

  • Pre-treat pavement with a small amount of liquid deicer (learn how here and here).
  • Remove snow before it becomes ice; if ice is an issue try using an alternative removal method like a shovel or scrapper.
  • Choose a deicer that works at the current temperature of the pavement you are trying to deice.
  • All salt is not created equal. Rock salt (sodium chloride) works until the pavement is colder than 15°F, then you will either need to use sand or birdseed (for traction) or other deicers like magnesium chloride or calcium chloride (for more information click here and here).
  • Make sure the deicing material you select is not harmful to pets (wipe off paws as necessary) or damaging to the surface where it will be applied.
  • A general rule of thumb is to use 1-3 cups of salt per 1,000 square feet. Save money by only using what you need and if there is any leftover material sweep it up and use it again.
  • Apply liquid salt to the pavement before it snows and shovel a little while it is snowing. After the snow ends shovel first before applying any deicer. Most times, you won't need any. Use deicers only on ice, don't waste it on snow.
  • You can use 30% less deicer if you wet your salt with some water before applying it because it will keep it from bouncing away from where it is applied.
  • Remember - Use only the amount of salt and/or sand needed and sweep up the leftover material. You will know if there is salt residue on the pavement if it is whiter than normal.

  • Test your soil before applying fertilizers to ensure you only use what you need. This will help reduce nutrient runoff especially potassium (K) which is considered a salt.

For information on what the City of Goshen Street Department is doing to reduce the amount of salt added to the environment check out the January 2016 edition of the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter.

For More Information Check Out The Following Websites or Articles:

  • Be Salt WIse - information that comes from the State of Wisconsin.
  • North American Waterways are Becoming Saltier and More Alkaline (higher pH) - published January 8, 2018 (primary source)
    • For a less scientific version check out the Washington Post article - published January 8, 2018 
  • Saltier Waterways Creating Dangerous 'Chemical Cocktails' - published December 3, 2018 
  • Bitter Truth - Indiana InDepth: Road salt fouls environment - States, cities seek to reduce the impact of treating icy streets - published December 19, 2016
  • Salt Damage in Landscape Plants - Purdue Extension publication ID-412-W

For more in-depth information check out the following scientific research articles from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences published on December 3, 2018:

  • Salt in freshwaters: causes, effects, and prospects - Article 
  • Multiple riparian - stream connections are predicted to change in response to salinization - published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences on December 3, 2018
  • Predicting current and future background ion concentrations in German surface water under climate change - published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences on December 3, 2018
  • Predicting combined effects of land use and climate change on river and stream salinity - published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences on December 3, 2018
  • Novel 'chemical cocktails' in inland waters are a consequence of the freshwater salinization syndrome - published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences on December 3, 2018
  • More articles from this publication can be accessed by clicking here

For more in-depth information check out the following scientific research articles:

  • Freshwater salinization syndrome on a continental scale (the research paper for the first article listed above) - published November 30, 2017, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

 

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