Salt is used to de-ice roads during winter storms in order to provide safe driving conditions. However, recent research has associated it with gradual but decidedly negative impacts on the surrounding environment. Road salt runoff increases water salinity creating a toxic environment for aquatic plants and animals. Salt can also leach into roadside soil thus damaging nearby vegetation. Finally, salt corrodes metal infrastructure including bridge decks and piping systems. These many externalities end up costing society much more than salt's buying price.
Team MELTS seeks to produce an eco-friendly de-icer that can replace road salt. We will explore various non-toxic chemical products to compose de-icing mixtures that show potential. Then, we will put our mixtures through a series of lab tests to quantify their effectiveness and environmental safety.
Right now we are beginning our preliminary testing, but we need your help to purchase the chemicals and machinery necessary to continue our research. Please consider making a gift to our project today and together we can get rid of road salt for good!
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