How you can help keep Lake Champlain clean:
Reduce Salt Use in Winter
Using road salt in the winter months can contribute to water pollution in Vermont’s lakes, rivers and streams.
Road salt is often used to melt ice, keeping streets, sidewalks and other walkable areas clear during winter months. However, using sodium chloride to melt snow and ice adds pollution to stormwater runoff, placing the water quality of Lake Champlain at risk.
As salt melts in water, the compound sodium chloride breaks apart into sodium and chloride. Chloride is a component of salt found naturally in minerals and in oceans. Elevated chloride levels in surface waters can lead to poor health and reduced reproduction in aquatic species.