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