37+ Countries know about us!

Today we were viewing our blog feed, and we found out that 37 countries know about us! Crazy, right? After one year of hard work, we’ve shared our message across the world! So to all of our global friends, thank you for the views.

Our Clay Watershed Models

The Senior Class made 3D models of watersheds out of clay. We sprinkled water over them to simulate rain and added “contaminants” on top to see where the contaminants ended up when it rained. Everything ends up in the lake….. By: Emmy N

Thank you EcoLogos &WaterDocs for making the sky the limit!

A reflection on participation in the WaterDocs@School programme, written by Jeremy W, Grade 8.  Last year our Senior class started a project called K.A.R.S, (Kids against road salt) this project was about protecting the environment by using alternatives to road salt, which in my opinion was a success!  We made videos, and posters that went…

Too much salt in the water!

If you use too much road salt it can lead to killing plant,animals and other wildlife as well.The salt get’s into our waterways by either direct contact to  the drains or it would go in through the soil. But it doesn’t stop there road salts also threaten drinking water security. For example, the region of…

Labrador Tow Truck Drivers Against Road Salt

Labrador wants to use more sand. Or so says an article from CBC News. Labrador already uses sand on most of its central roads, but one notorious road, the North West River Road, uses salt, making the road slippery. According to the man interviewed, tow truck driver Blair Wagner, rust and salt-related problems were scarce…

KARS 2.0 – Back in Action!

K.A.R.S is back! This year K.A.R.S has decided to take a more aggressive stance! K.A.R.S is taking a new step into the Road Salt action project, instead of just letting people know, KARS has decided to both inform and help people understand. We have gathered new research, stayed on top of all the newest Road…

KARS Wins WaterDocs@School Film Fest!

Kids Against Road Salt had the special opportunity to participate in the 2014 WaterDocs @ School program! On March 26, 2014, we attended a special celebration day at the AGO for all of the schools who participated. The day was hosted by Bob Isenberger and included talks and performaces by Georgie Horton-Baptiste, Robyn Hamlyn and Rick Miller!…

Reusable Alternatives

Unlike Road Salt, which washes away with the melting ice into storm drains, most of the alternative products that provide traction can be cleaned up and used again. At Star Academy, we have been testing EcoTraction, and have been able to sweep up EcoTraction from areas that don’t need it anymore and sprinkle it on…

Research on Road Salt

One major challenge we faced when starting the KARS project was collecting and sharing web resources for our research. The solution we found was Diigo, an impressive and very useful site which compiles links to be shared and stored for an individual or among a group. Diigo is useful in many ways  such as holding onto important info/…

Winter in Moscow

Russia’s Radioactive Road Salt

Working on the KARS project has opened my eyes about the dangers of using salt on the roads. I began thinking about what other countries with similiar climates might use. I found a few articles of what other countries use, I decided to look at Russia. I found that in Moscow, Russia they use Radioactive…

keep our lake clean - KARS

Interview with a Marine Biologist

This video is about an expert’s point of view about road salt gets into fresh water and pollutes it. I got in touch with a friend of the family named Ryan, who is a Marine Biologist. Ryan was kind enough and answer all my questions during the interview. His answers helped my class with our…

Ice Storm & Road Salt Use

The Ice Storm of December 2013 was incredible, providing many beautiful photos of ice-covered trees and berries. The storm did more than cover nature with sheets of ice, it also covered the roads and sidewalks, making walking and driving very dangerous. Due to the lack of available alternatives, many homeowners, businesses, and city officials were…

Salt on your shoes tracks the chemicals with your steps.

Shocking Facts about Road Salt

You may You may think that you know a lot about road salt after reading our recent blogs, but you are WRONG! There is so much that you probably don’t know about road salt, that are right here, in this blog. Road salt corrodes objects. It literally eats your car. Slowly. Salt is a desiccant,…

Toronto salt problem

CBC News Examines Toronto’s Salt Problem

On December 17th, CBC News looked at how the City of Toronto is looking to reduce their salt use by exploring alternatives such as beet juice, cheese brine. While it is important for municipalities to reduce salt use on a large scale, residents have the primary responsibility of beginning with small steps at home. To…

Epic Views & Support!

A large part of our online campaign against Road Salt has been to regularly look at our website analytics and set goals for new posts and strategies for gaining new readers. It was very cool to see the views on our website and Facebook page growing week over week! We started with no followers, but…

Facts About Road Salt

North Americans have turned to Road Salt to melt away winter since the mid-1900’s. Road Salt use has increased annually, and currently we are using over 45 billion tons of salt each year! This is having an adverse affect on the environment, raising salinity levels in local watersheds higher than tolerable levels for many species!…

How Road Salt Costs your Car!

When you use road salt it can harm the environment but that’s not the only thing it harms! It can also harm our cars because of all the different chemicals like magnetism chloride etc. Here are some ways that road salt can affect your cars: Paint & Rust When road salt gets on your car…