Road Salt Action Alert

Help Prevent an Adirondack Drinking Water Crisis

Ask state leaders to pass road salt legislation

 

Clean water is the lifeblood of the Adirondack Park. However, the excessive application of road salt on state roadways is contaminating our surface waters and drinking water wells and it’s happening at an alarming rate. A study of 500 wells across the Adirondacks found that more than half of the private wells exceeded safe sodium levels and more than a quarter exceeded chloride guidelines. Road salt also impacts roadside vegetation, soils and aquatic life. We must act now to prevent the Park from facing major health, environmental and economic consequences.

We must convince state leaders to take action this year to protect clean Adirondack water. Legislation (A.8767/S.6824) has been introduced that will create an Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force which will take a strategic approach to reduce excess road salt usage and ensure clean water all while maintaining safe roadways. Action on road salt pollution cannot wait. This is where we need your help.  

Please email our Senate and Assembly Transportation Chairs Timothy Kennedy and William Magnarelli and tell them:

  • Please pass A.8767/S.6824 to create an Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force so that there can be a strategic approach to reducing excess road salt use which will protect clean drinking water and ensure safe roadways.
  • Millions of visitors and residents rely on clean drinking water in the Adirondack Park. Addressing road salt pollution before it’s too late will ensure public health by protecting private drinking water wells and preserving community infrastructure, and protect sensitive wildlands for current and future generations.
  • Unnecessary road salt application costs the state millions in resources each year. We must reduce overall road salt application as part of a modernized road management plan.

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