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. upstater says

    Better late than never, I suppose…

    In all seriousness, the task force should visit and consult with the Swiss on salt and more generally snow management. While geography and climate differences exist, I believe Switzerland faces even more diversity in winter road management. Rock salt seems almost never used there.

    And (ab)use of rock salt is a problem statewide.

  2. JB says

    The historical and legal dimension I find especially interesting: when and why did we begin changing our local practices in winter driving and road maintenance? The apparent answer–that this is very much an outgrowth of the 1980 Winter Olympics–makes me wonder what other unexpected long-term environmental effects parts od our region will see as a result of changing economic and land-use patterns. I suspect, even, that there are already some undetected water-quality issues of a different nature brewing, as large-scale developments, especially those encircling lakes, are now being approved by APA in an unprecedented way.

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