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