Seattle refuses to use road salt because of salting salty Puget Sound

Seattle refuses to use salt; roads “snow packed” by design

“If we were using salt, you’d see patches of bare road because salt is very effective,” Wiggins said. “We decided not to utilize salt because it’s not a healthy addition to Puget Sound.”

Puget Sound:

Puget Sound (pronounced /ˈpjuːʤᵻt/) is an inland marine complex of waterways from the Pacific Ocean, connected to the rest of the Pacific by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

Ooookay.

Skidding down this hill is a heck of a lot more healthy:

Particularly since the cops can’t get to you in an emergency:

That leaves many drivers, including Seattle police, pretty much on their own until nature does to the snow what the sand can’t: melt it.

(h/t Ace)

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3 Responses to “Seattle refuses to use road salt because of salting salty Puget Sound”

  1. MargaretMN Says:

    This is just dopey. There are alternatives like Calcium or magnesium acetate. They are just more expensive. Also they can spray brine on the road and not use as much salt. Minnesotans are every bit as concerned about run off as we are the land of 10,000+ lakes and we use the alternatives, rock salt AND brine.

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