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