Each winter, billions of pounds of salt are spread on America’s roads to keep drivers and pedestrians safe. But all of this salt poses a major health risk to both humans and wildlife. This webinar introduces viewers to how excessive salt affects benthic macroinvertebrates and other aquatic life in freshwater streams, and how one local community group is raising awareness and changing behavior around salt in the community!
John Jackson, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist at Stroud Water Research Center. His research includes population and evolutionary ecology of stream insects, the role of abiotic and biotic processes in determining the structure and function of stream assemblages, energy and nutrient exchange within streams and between streams and their surrounding watersheds, and benthic monitoring and water quality assessment.
Kevin Roth is the education and outreach coordinator of the Pennypack Ecological Trust. In addition to his work as an educator and program manager, Kevin organizes a number of volunteer initiatives including Winter Salt Watch volunteers.
Webinar presented by Save Our Streams Project, Izaak Walton League of America on April 8, 2020.