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Your Views: Road salt can wash off into waterways, kill wildlife
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I would like to remind the people of one of the problems of the past ordeal of the ice and snow, one that goes unnoticed. In fact, one of several that goes unnoticed: The great amounts of salt and sand put out over so great an area so quickly once a snowstorm hits an area.

All highways are covered with it. When this snow and ice melts in a sudden warm-up, the salt runoff is so great as it runs into the creeks and rivers that there is a great kill of marine life that goes unseen, except to someone that has watched this for many years.

Most all small marine life takes a hit and is unseen. Even small fish and tadpoles are killed, and you see crows and ravens picking dead ones out of the water, eating them a day after snow melts. There is very little life in our creeks and rivers, and little time to see any of this since it happens too quickly.

If the EPA saw me dumping salt all over, killing fish, they would put me in jail for dumping this. In downtown Atlanta, it’s as if I had a factory with a smokestack that dumped chemicals that firecrackers dump in the air in three hours on July 4, and covered the whole U.S. with chemicals so corrosive that, when it rains, it washes into our streams, dissolves the oxygen in the water and kills great numbers of fish. There’s not much fish left to kill, so we seldom see this. Maybe we need to think about this.

The snow had an acid pH of 4, which is bad. But when it started to melt and then refroze at night several times, it got more acid on top with a pH of 3 or even 2, and that killed fish when it melted. Does the EPA know any of this?

If you have a fish tank at home, go to a river and dip up a jar of water the day after snow starts to melt and put a goldfish in that jar and see how long he lives in snow or salt water.

Record amounts of salt have been used in the northern U.S. this year and I believe so great is the damage to marine life in rivers that it may never recover after seeing this for 70 years. The water looks milky when this mess runs into the rivers.

John Fritchey
Clarkesville

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