About Zachary Matson

Zachary Matson has been an environmental reporter for the Explorer since October 2021. He is focused on the many issues impacting water and the people, plants and wildlife that rely on it in the Adirondack Park. Zach worked at daily newspapers in Missouri, Arizona and New York for nearly a decade, most recently working as the education reporter for six years at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.

Reader Interactions


  1. Anton F. Kreuzer says

    The comments serve to once again stress the obvious, i.e., the State has blatently
    kicked the proverbial can down the road successfully. Now’s the time for serious
    solutions or else we’ll ruin Adirondack well/lake assets forever.

  2. Bill Miner says

    People need to travel past my house on State Highway 3, but they do not have to go by at 60 mph when the temp is below freezing. The State must change the rules, so speed limits take road conditions and temperatures into account.

  3. Mike says

    Seems like with the advances in automotive technology we should be able to eliminate salt altogether. Anti lock brakes, stability control etc. Maybe dating myself but somehow before 1980 (when straight salting of the state highways began in full) drivers were able to navigate snowier, icy and rutted winter roads. And that was at a time when 99% of vehicles had no active safety features, were almost all rear wheel drive and often times on bias ply tires. Just my 2 cents.

  4. Jim says

    You won’t get salt reform in NYS until you get tort reform. Slide off the road in winter? Your fault, not DOTs…..

    I’m going to join Mike in “dating myself” but when I first started driving in the winter (late 70s) we drove at a speed that was appropriate for conditions (still do), and that was often 45-50 even on the State Highways.

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