Zoe Smith, formerly the AWS program’s director, is now deputy director at the college’s Adirondack Watershed Institute. Former AWS science director Michale Glennon joins the institute and retains the same title there.
Lake Placid has three times more parking asphalt than state roadways, compounding salt pollution from snowplow operations.
By Michael Virtanen LAKE GEORGE _ Public works trucks now dump almost 193,000 tons of salt on highways and local roads annually in the Adirondacks, which eventually join runoff into the region’s waterways, according to the Paul Smith’s College professor who’s researching it. Daniel Kelting, also executive director of the Adirondack Watershed Institute, said the total is almost seven million tons of sodium chloride since the practice began around the 1980 Winter Olympics, raising the salt levels in most Adirondack waterways, which were historically low. “This widespread use of road salt has resulted in regional salinization of our surface waters, >>More