Salt Ice Melt is Contaminating North American Lakes

Salt Ice Melt Pollution

For the past 50 years the US has been using more salt to melt ice, millions of tons more. While salt does melt the ice it also gets swept away, eventually making its way into streams and lakes.  Studies show that salt ice melt is contaminating lakes and streams at an alarming rate, and that just under 8,000 lakes in North America alone may be at risk of over salinization. Since the salt cannot be filtered out these effects may be irreversible, it is important to curb the use of salts through alternative ice melt options.

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