More Municipalities Getting on Board to Reduce Road Salt Around Lake George

Jim Sutherland painted a chilling picture for the Lake George Park Commission Tuesday about what could happen if road salt is not reduced in the watershed.

The former state Department of Environmental Conservation staff member is studying the road salt issue with The Fund for Lake George. He said if the rate of salt application used in 2009 were to continue to this day and beyond, sodium levels could reach the lower threshold of concern for heart and kidney patients by 2050.

And if that happens, then every water supply on Lake George under EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulation will have to implement a monitoring program to keep track of the sodium concentrations and inform the residents who use the water what the levels of sodium are,” Sutherland said.

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