Road salt is widely used in Maine to manage snow and ice during the winter months. While efforts have been made by some municipalities and by state agencies like the Department of Transportation to reduce their use of salt through improved technology, infrastructure, and individual community practices, chloride concentrations in our streams, rivers, and lakes are still increasing in the Northeast (Trowbridge, Kahl, Sassan, Heath, & Walsh, 2010). Recognizing this trend, the high costs of winter road maintenance (Rubin et al., 2010), adverse affects on human and environmental health (Kahl, Sassan, & Roseen, 2011), and potential for high chloride concentrations to compromise efforts to restore urban impaired streams, a group of municipal and state agents, researchers, and consultants formed the Maine Salt Management Taskforce. After meeting for a year, this facilitated taskforce determined that several key steps need to be taken to establish and test best management practices (BMPs) for salt application and strengthen the linkages and communication between diverse stakeholder groups.
In light of these determinations, the goals of this project are to:
Mon, Jun 3 - Sustaining the Saco Estuary Conference
Fri, Jun 7 - New England Lakes Conference
Sun, Jun 9 - US Society for Ecological Economics Conference
Mon, Jul 8 - UNH Faculty Seminar - Ecology and Ethnicity