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Cut back on the amount of road salt: WWF

Agency says excess salt gets into sensitive waterways, negatively affecting plants and animals

December 9, 2019
By CBC News

Excess salt can be detrimental to sensitive waterways. Taylor Simmons/CBC

The use of salt to melt ice from parking lots, sidewalks and roads can negatively affect freshwater plants and animals, a spokesperson from World Wildlife Fund Canada says. Elizabeth Hendriks, vice-president of freshwater with WWF Canada, says salt doesn’t need to be used in excess to melt ice and can help waterways from becoming too salt-saturated.