Urban Road Salt Study - WaukeshaEX


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CBSM_URSS_WaukeshaEX
2012
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Since February 2011, volunteers monitor specific conductance in the field and collect stream water samples to be analyzed at the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene for chloride. Their monitoring has led to the discovery of numerous exceedences of EPA and state chloride standards suggesting potential toxic impact to aquatic organisms. In addition, results have demonstrated that the specific conductance meters used by the volunteers work well to provide a surrogate measure of chloride in the streams monitored, allowing additional monitoring to screen for chloride problems at minimal cost.
Since February 2011, volunteers monitor specific conductance in the field and collect stream water samples to be analyzed at the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene for chloride. Their monitoring has led to the discovery of numerous exceedences of EPA and state chloride standards suggesting potential toxic impact to aquatic organisms. In addition, results have demonstrated that the specific conductance meters used by the volunteers work well to provide a surrogate measure of chloride in the streams monitored, allowing additional monitoring to screen for chloride problems at minimal cost.