RE: NANFA-- A Parable

Dave Neely (
Sun, 07 Nov 1999 12:15:12 CST


>Ugh! And things like this are just the ones you're seeing >yourself! How
>many thousands of other things of this severity are >happening and no one
>is seeing or discussing?! All very >frustrating. How can NANFA take a
>greater role in important >conservation issues like this?
>Dave, does your friend have data or any published information on >this
>stream that could be used in a letter to the MD DNR?

I know my old major prof (Rich Raesly) has most of Jonathan's data. Jonathan
needed a break from grad school, moved to Japan, and has been kicking around
seeking enlightenment. Rich is usually good about following up on this sort
of stuff, but I haven't heard anything from him in a while. I'll check on
it. My guess is that he submitted the final report to SHA, but whether
they've changed their practices is another matter.

This is something that everybody in the northern part of the country should
be aware of, and keep an eye out for. The quantity of salt that gets dumped
on roads doesn't get diluted down THAT fast, and since highway crews like to
put concrete channels right next to roads to "facilitate drainage", it puts
a pulse of salt into streams very rapidly. It is my understanding that some
municipalities in the Northeast are switching to sand and fine limestone
gravel for normal ice control efforts, specifically for that reason. The
limestone has the additional benefit of buffering acid precipitation


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