Research Webinar Series: Monitoring the Road Salt Reduction Pilot Program in the Lake George Drainage Basin

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Online - Registration required

Dr. Jim Sutherland, Scientific Advisor for The Fund for Lake George, and Chris Navitsky, Lake George Waterkeeper, will describe a road salt reduction monitoring program in the Lake George basin, coordination with New York State, and how to balance water quality and human safety in winter road maintenance.

This issue has risen to prominence as the “new acid rain” since chloride concentration in Lake George was found to have increased about three-fold from 1980 to 2009, due primarily to winter road de-icing applications. During the same time period, tributaries and soils in basin watersheds with roads receiving winter road salt exhibited elevated chloride concentrations, sometimes in excess of Lake George itself.

This presentation describes work conducted as part of the Environmental monitoring program to evaluate the New York State Department of Transportation Road Salt Reduction Pilot Program in the Lake George drainage basin project, which is funded by Lake Champlain Sea Grant, the FUND for Lake George, and its partners.

The event will take place on Zoom, and registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in any of these programs, please contact Lake Champlain Sea Grant / Julianna White at 802-777-7017 or seagrant [at] uvm.edu no later than three weeks before your chosen date so we can assist you.

Please expect approximately 30 minutes of presentation followed by a facilitated, 20-minute Q&A period.

This seminar is part of the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Seminar Series.

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