Kids Against Road Salt is an organization started by Grade 7 & 8 students at Star Academy in Mississauga to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of road salt on local watersheds, particularly Lake Ontario.
Survey results – household use of road salt
Keep our Lake Clean!
Fresh Water in Canada
Road Salt only works in temperatures above -10
Too much salt on the sidewalks
City of Toronto Salt Usage
Ecotraction visits the KARS classroom
Excess Road Salt
Road salt is poisoning water bodies in Canada to salinity levels just under those found in the ocean!
Road Salt ultimately ends up in our drinking water
Excess Road Salt in front of Time Hortons
The city clears 5,500km of roads.
Excessive salt in front of local businesses.
Salt hurts cars!
EcoTraction = 9 bags of road salt
The more road salt, the less fresh water
Survey results – awareness of environmental impacts of road salt
Automated Salters create waste and contamination
Road Salt Close-up
Road Salt contamination has been linked to declining fish and bug populations in the GTA
Salt on your shoes tracks the chemicals with your steps.
Road salt corrosion on cars
137lbs of road salt per person is used in the US each winter!
10% of Aquatic Species at risk from chloride contamination
Local streams are carrying salt contaminated water to the lake – our source of drinking water.