Sunday, December 10, 2023
The Goshen Street Department will make one last round of leaf collecting beginning Monday, December 11. Residents who miss this round can still take their leaves to the Environmental Center. Located at 20100 CR 19, the center accepts brush and leaves, loose or in bags, at no charge to Goshen... more
Monday, December 4, 2023
'Tis the season for spreading joy and reducing waste in Goshen! The City of Goshen's Department of Environmental Resilience is excited to announce the 3rd Annual Mirth Tree Ornament Exchange, a festive initiative to celebrate the holidays in an eco-friendly way. This is the third year residents... more
Friday, December 1, 2023
The Environmental Resilience Department poses with the award. Back L to R: Lee Bergey; Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, Director of Environmental Resilience; Levi Moser. Front L to R: Theresa Sailor, Education Grant Writer; Melanie Helmuth, Urban Forestry Assistant; Acadia Imhof; Alexa Kennel; Brandi Devoe,... more
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Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 3:00pm
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.
Each of us can do our part to make sure salt pollution does not continue to get worse. Here are a few tips:
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 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:
For more in-depth information check out the following scientific research articles: