Study Finds Freshwater Lakes at Risk From Road Salt

A Sustainable City Network article (2017-04-19) reported that many Midwestern and Northeastern lakes are seeing increases in their salt levels based on the application of road salt to nearby streets and highways. The finding is based on a recently published study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences which examined 371 freshwater lakes larger than 4 hectares … Continue reading Study Finds Freshwater Lakes at Risk From Road Salt

SHA Requesting Comment on Road Salt Management Best Practices

The Maryland State Legislature passed two bills in 2010, House Bill 903 and Senate Bill 775 requiring the State Highway Administration (SHA), in consultation with the Maryland Department of the Environment, to develop a best practices road salt management document on or before October 1, 2011.  The document will be used by local jurisdictions and … Continue reading SHA Requesting Comment on Road Salt Management Best Practices

Senate Committee to Require SHA to Develop Road Salt Guidance Document

What started as legislation to require the State Highway Administration (SHA) and every local jurisdiction responsible for highway maintenance to establish and implement a road salt management program, has been amended to require SHA to develop a road salt management best practices guidance document for use by State and local government. As previously reported, MACo … Continue reading Senate Committee to Require SHA to Develop Road Salt Guidance Document

MACo Opposes Legislation Requiring Road Salt Management Plans

MACo Associate Director Leslie Knapp, Jr., testified in opposition before the House Environmental Matters Committee this week on legislation that would require every local jurisdiction responsible for highway maintenance to establish and implement a road salt management program.  HB 903 would require that these plans be put in place by October 31, 2011 and specifies … Continue reading MACo Opposes Legislation Requiring Road Salt Management Plans

Researchers Urge Best Management Practices to Reduce Salt Usage

A December 10 Sustainable Cities Network article enumerated the environmental threats posed by the overuse of salt in deicing roads and potential ways public works departments can reduce its usage while still keeping roads passable and safe.  From the article: On the one hand, salt and other deicers save lives and money by reducing accidents and allowing commercial … Continue reading Researchers Urge Best Management Practices to Reduce Salt Usage

Urban Streams Subject to Increased Salt and Calcium Levels According to Studies

A September 10 Baltimore Sun article discussed a recent series of studies that were published in a special issue of the journal Biochemistry which examined how urban development affects water and stream quality over time.  Several key findings of the studies related to increasing salt and calcium levels in nearby waterways.  The studies looked at a diverse cross-section of … Continue reading Urban Streams Subject to Increased Salt and Calcium Levels According to Studies

Potholes Causing Major Problems on Area Roadways

As reported by Channel 13 (WJZ-TV), potholes are causing major problems on Maryland’s roadways. From the segment: The wear and tear of this winter weather is wreaking havoc on the roads. With storm after storm, an epidemic of potholes has broken out across Maryland. Normally road crews don’t even start repairing potholes until the end … Continue reading Potholes Causing Major Problems on Area Roadways

Allegany County Depletes Salt Reserves

A Cumberland Times-News article reported that Allegany County prepared for Maryland’s most recent winter storm by obtaining 200 tons of salt from the State Highway Administration (SHA) as the county has depleted its salt reserves for the year. “We had a stockpile of salt two weeks ago or so, but we depleted our reserve,” said … Continue reading Allegany County Depletes Salt Reserves

Legislation Update

HB 211-State Government-Open Meetings Act-Notice and Complaints-Passed House -moves to Senate for consideration-MACo supported the bill HB 606 -passed the House (140-0) and its cross file SB 361-Natural Resources-Local Forest Conservation Funds-Use of Money-passed the Senate-MACo supported the bill HB 685-Environment-Flourescent and Compact Flourescent Light Recycling-County Plans- passed House – hearing in Senate Education, Health … Continue reading Legislation Update