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Vicky Kelly manages Cary Institute's Environmental Monitoring Program, which includes monitoring climate as well as air, precipitation and streamwater quality, solar radiation, phenology, and the behavior of water in the landscape. Data from the program have been used to understand the dynamics of road salt and the effects of climate change on precipitation chemistry.
Current projects include the effectiveness of road salt reduction practices, the impact of climate change on plant and animal life cycle events (phenology), and monitoring of water at the landscape scale.
Recent publications include Road Salt: The Problem, The Solution, and How to Get There and The State of the Environment, Dutchess County.
A little less salt please
It's very important to reduce the amount of salt as much as we can when we use it on our roads in the wintertime, and there are a number of steps road service agencies can take to use less salt but still be able to keep roads free of ice and snow, and thus safe for drivers.