Ottawa Riverkeeper asks residents to lay off the salt

By Jennifer McIntosh, Ottawa Community News, February 3, 2017

The Ottawa Riverkeeper is asking us to lighten up on salting our roadways.

As the temperatures plummet and it gets harder and harder to navigate safely, city road crews turn to rock salt to keep traffic moving safely, but the environmental advocacy group is asking individuals to pitch and lay off the salt where possible.

“Obviously the cars have to be able to get traction on the roads and that’s a safety concern,” Meaghan Murphy, a senior scientist for the Ottawa Riverkeeper said. “But there are alternatives and road salt and chemical de-icer can do a lot of damage.”

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