Thanks To Winter Road Salt, Some Ontario Waterways Are Now Saltier Than The Ocean

Environmental advocates are calling for measures to mitigate the effects of road salt seeping into Ontario’s waterways. That’s after World Wildlife Fund Canada found some bodies of fresh water were as salty as the ocean. It says road salt levels in many rural and urban southern Ontario waterways are increasing dangerously. Salt’s chloride component is toxic to freshwater species and ecosystems, compromising habitats for fish, frogs, mussels and other creatures.

More than 7 million tonnes of road salt are used in Canada each winter by public road agencies alone. Road salt use by the private sector and small towns is not currently tracked or controlled in Ontario.

To read the report from WWF: CLICK HERE (You will be redirected)

Contains files from The Canadian Press

Photo Credit: WWF-Canada / Noah Cole



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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan