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.

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  1. Boreas says


    Can anyone point me toward the best source for research into this problem worldwide? I wonder what would be the best method to minimize salt usage and keep people out of the ditch. Most stuff I see is based on local studies with the same result. Are we re-re-re-inventing the wheel?

    I suspect the bulk of the problem is cultural and not technological. Perhaps people need to be more aware of the risks and remedies of driving on snow/ice.

  2. Randy Truesdell says

    people do need to be more aware of driving in so and ice . number one slow down and don’t think you can hit your brakes and stop. You need to look into the salt usage at least in nys dot way too much salt is used period.I no for a fact on that I lived it .

  3. Jay says

    If they don’t put enough salt down the roads will be more likely to be covered in ice and accidents/deaths will increase. This is one of the “costs” they are debating with… actual human life. Salt is what people use because it works the best. They care more about the environment then human beings life’s. It’s pathetic

    • M Leybra says

      Jay says, “They care more about the environment then human beings life’s. It’s pathetic.” Guess what Jay, without an environment w/ salt-free fresh water to drink, there is no life, for man or beast. Note, Mar. 23, 2023, USA Today front page headline: “26% Of World Population Has No Access to Unpolluted Fresh Water.”

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