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Advocacy group presses MOE to take action to mitigate road salt pollution of water

Snow and ice contractors use salt to protect themselves against liability

March 22, 2024  By Turf & Rec

A salt pollution advocacy group is calling on the Ontario government to take “urgent action” to mitigate the risk of road salt contaminating groundwater, rivers and lakes.

The Guelph-based Ontario Salt Pollution Coalition chose World Water Day to express its message to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

Road salt, used as an ice melt on roads and paved surfaces, can accumulate in soil and water, adversely affecting drinking water and the biodiversity of the natural environment.

The advocacy group says the use of road salt has become worse over time, noting that snow and ice contractors rely on it to protect themselves from liability. Still, the group advocates the collective support of all community members to reduce salt applications.

This article is part of the Snow & Ice Week.
This article is part of the Fall & Winter Prep Week Week.

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