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Road Salt in Streams

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Senior Research Scientist John Jackson recently spoke with WHYY’s Studio 2 hosts about how road salt is contaminating waterways.

Volunteers at the Darby Creek salt snapshot.

We, the Community Scientists

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People in the Delaware River Watershed are joining forces and collecting data to protect the vital freshwater resources that sustain their communities.

Elisabeth Ruschmann standing near a stream.

High School Student’s Research Shows Salt Pollution of Fresh Water Has Tripled in 20 Years

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Elisabeth Ruschmann monitored water quality in her community and made an “alarming” discovery. Now she’s focused on sustainable solutions.

A hand holding a chloride test strip near a creek.

Why Volunteers Are Tracking Down Road Salt in Streams

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With help from the Stroud Center, community scientists and watershed groups are measuring the impact of salt pollution on fresh water and taking action.

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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.

A large red vehicle spreads salt on a road surrounded by snowy fields.

Smart Talk About Road Salt

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Join the conversation as WITF “Smart Talk” host Scott LaMar talks with Senior Research Scientist John Jackson, Ph.D., about the trouble with road salt.

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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.

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