Road Salt: Reducing Impacts to the Environment and Human Health

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:30pm

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To promote safe winter driving conditions, deicers are applied to roadways throughout the Northeast. The most commonly used deicer is sodium chloride, otherwise known as road salt. This inexpensive deicer comes with hidden costs to both the environment and human health.

Join us for a management-based forum about the impact that road salt has on natural areas and drinking water supplies, with a focus on successful salt reduction strategies being used regionally and nationally. 

Attending this forum may qualify towards three hours of New York State required municipal training credit. Certificates for full participation can be presented to your municipality for their approval.

Forum Schedule

9:00 a.m. Welcome, Joshua Ginsberg, Cary Institute

9:10 a.m. The State of Salt: What We Know about Road Salt Contamination in the NE US, Stuart Findlay, Cary Institute

9:40 a.m. Road Salt Reduction Initiatives in the Adirondacks, Dan Kelting, Paul Smith's College

10:10 a.m. Regional Perspective: New York State Success Stories, Michael Lashmet, NYSDOT

10:35 a.m. Break - Refreshments Provided

11:00 a.m. Best Management Practices: A National View, Laura Fay, University of Montana

11:35 a.m. Connecting Salt Practices with Salt in Streams, Eli Dueker, Bard College

12:00 noon Wrap Up: Next Steps, Kathleen Weathers, Cary Institute


Funding provided by Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation. Co-sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County and the Dutchess County Environmental Management Council. 


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