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. Joe Kozlina says

    So there we have it. The study of road salting. Just follow the money.
    There is no money in haulting the spreading of road salt.
    It has little to do with the polluting and the death of our fresh water streams and all the fish in them.
    I know the conclusion of the study. SALT KILLS FISH! Study over. Stop salting the roads in the Adirondack park.
    How about plowing and chains for a solution. Our roads do not need to be dry in the winter time. Next we will want no water on the roads after a rain, because a wet road is unsafe.

  2. Joe Kozlina says

    The sign to the park should read, NO SALT AREA IN THE PARK. I cant help but fume when i hear we need more studies. Look around, according to 60 minutes segment, Jan 2 2023,
    We have to do something different than this radical apporach of fighting everything nature and this planet gives to us. The planet wants to cover the north in snow in the winter. What do we do? We scrap, salt and haul away its natural white cover and dump it in our creeks and rivers and lakes, exposing the black top to heat up instead of reflecting the hot suns rays off the surface and help to keep us cool in this ever heating earth. This is radical.

    • Rob says

      I bet you drive an electric vehicle I’d be happy if the stopped using salt. Roads would hold up better for snowmobiles.

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