U.S. Rivers Are Getting Saltier

According to Reuters, Washington, United States rivers and streams are becoming ‘saltier and more alkaline over the last 50 years.’ The problem is due in large part to the use of salts on roads for de-icing and snow melt, as well as heavy fertilizer use in this country which often leaches nitrates and salts into the water table.

Increased salt levels in water causes pipelines to corrode quickly which will then leach lead into the drinking water.  High levels salt helped create the Detroit lead crisis where many children were found with high levels lead.

Scientists say 66% of U.S. streams and rivers have become more alkaline over the past 50 years.

KMI Zeolite can replace salt in ice-melt applications, and reduce nutrient leaching in soils. Our product is non-toxic, non-corrosive and salt free.

 

Despite Common Belief Organic Matter Has Limited Effect On Water Holding Capacity

Turns out that despite previous hype about adding simply organic matter to soil, this alone has not proven to be a viable water retention soil additive.  Although organic matter is very important to soil health, nutrients and pH balance it cannot be said to improve water holding capacity.

Organic matter can have a marginal effect on sandy soils, but even less of an effect on clay based soils.  This means other additives are required to truly increase the water holding capacity of either type of soil.

Alternatively clinoptilolite zeolite has been proven to retain up to 60% of its weight in water, and can hold on to it for longer periods of time than perlite, vermiculite and volcanic rock.  Adding zeolite to soil at 10 – 15% by volume can increase water holding capacity, and does not deteriorate or break down over time.