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Road Salt Use in Connecticut: understanding the consequences of the quest for dry pavement

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LID Research Brief

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Road salt use continues to increase in cold regions of North America. State Departments of Transportation and Municipal Public Works managers need to provide safe travel conditions for the public, however all of the salt applied to our roads ends up in local surface or groundwater, where it can impact aquatic organisms and contaminate drinking water supplies. This webinar will cover current trends in salt use for deicing, and salt levels in ground and surface waters of the Northeast. Impacts to aquatic life will be discussed. Research at the University of Connecticut on deicing impacts to groundwater and surface water will also be highlighted.

Running Time: 00:50:07


Presenters:

Michael Dietz, CT NEMO Program Director
michael.dietz@uconn.edu

Mike's Bio

Mike DietzMike is a water resources educator, with primary responsibilities for running the CT NEMO Program. Mike's position is jointly held between the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) and the Connecticut Sea Grant College Program at the Avery Point campus. In addition to assuming the leadership of the NEMO Program, Mike will contribute to Sea Grant's sustainable coastal community development program.

He received both his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, focusing on stormwater and low impact development (LID) techniques. Upon his graduation, he worked with the Connecticut NEMO program from 2005 to 2007 on projects related to LID. He left Connecticut in 2007 to take a position at Utah State University as an assistant professor and extension specialist in sustainable living, where he continued to work on stormwater monitoring and LID, in addition to green building, energy conservation, and water harvesting. He was director of Utah House, a demonstration house for green building techniques.

Lukas McNaboe is scheduled to complete his Master of Science degree at UConn by May 2017, where he is investigating the fate and transport of road salt beneath a pervious asphalt parking lot at UConn. He graduated from UConn with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering in 2015.