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Rachel Johnson and Dave Arscott at the Watershed Heroes event.

Stronger Together: A Nonprofit Partnership Raises Road Salt Awareness

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Stroud Water Research Center is honored to have received the Watershed Heroes Nonprofit Steward award from Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership.

A close view of green-dyed road salt on a walking path in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Who Can You Trust? Stroud Center Scientist Testifies on Threats of Road Salt to Fresh Water

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The invitation came on the heels of the Stroud Center sharing data with the Philadelphia Inquirer underlining the gravity of the road salt crisis as it affects clean fresh water.

A metal scoop full of road salt being sprinkled on pavement.

Over-Seasoned: Our Taste for Salt is Killing Our Freshwater Ecosystems

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The intense use of salt is now threatening our streams and rivers, marshes and ponds, and even groundwater — freshwater resources that were never meant to be so salty.

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The Trouble With Road Salt

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Take a look at the effects of road salt on our streams and rivers and learn how volunteers and organizations are working to monitor what’s happening to their freshwater resources.

David Bressler providing C-SAW technical assistance to volunteers of the Silver Lake Nature Center.

A Watershed of Curiosity

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Not everyone has the opportunity to become a professional scientist, but a great scientist can come from anywhere. Anyone can be a part of science.

Salt in the Water: Action on the Ground

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This webinar introduces viewers to how excessive salt affects life in freshwater streams and how a local group is raising awareness and changing behavior.

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Stories From the Streams: Salty Streams

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How salty is too salty? Road salt keeps travelers safe in winter but can pose a serious threat to nearby streams. Episode 5 in the “Stories from the Streams” series from WHYY TV12.

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Salting for Safety is Taking a Toll

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In some areas, salt is necessary for safe winter driving and walking. But we have to decide how much is too much and what price we are paying for it.

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Temperature affects acute mayfly responses to elevated salinity: implications for toxicity of road de-icing salts

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Jackson, J.K., and D.H. Funk. 2018. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 374(1764).

Stroud Science on NPR: Road Salt Boosts Safety But Threatens Fresh Water

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When StateImpact Pennsylvania wanted to understand how our addiction to road salt is impacting the environment, they came to Stroud Water Research Center.

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