Salt Impacts in the Cascade Region of Adirondacks

The objective of this project is to assess the fate, transport and environmental effects of salt usage in the Cascade region of the central Adirondacks and to propose recommendations for deicing in this unique environment. The study would include assessment of the trees, vegetation and water quality conditions in the region. The Cascade region of the central Adirondacks has unique geological, flora and fauna features of which distress to the trees along roadways has been observed. Roadway de icing (salt) has been proposed as a contribution to the tree distress. Several studies have been conducted by many different interested entities, but an overall compilation, research plan and interpretation has not been developed to address the issue.