Save Kansas City: Time for Responsible and Biodegradable Road Salt

Save Kansas City: Time for Responsible and Biodegradable Road Salt

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Marialuna Schreiner Cintron started this petition to Mayor Quinton Lucas

Do not donate. The money does not go towards helping protect ecosystems or getting biodegradable road salt in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Evidence has shown that common road salt hurts and taints the delicate ecosystems and groundwater. It is time to stand and ask for eco-friendly road salt in Kansas City, Missouri, especially as Kansas City (KCMO) plans to use more road salt for upcoming winters. We are asking for at least 50% biodegradable road salt in KCMO road salt, and for KCMO to use Smart Salting methods (for example: continuing to use eco-friendly Ice Ban, but also making sure all salt applied stays on the road, making sure to not over-apply, ensuring the correct amount for application, etc). In short, using ALL practices to reduce road salt use while maintaining awareness of the cost of the salt and of environmental needs. 

Although biodegradable (eco-friendly) road salt is usually more expensive, most evidence shows that these alternatives do not influence its surrounding environment as bad as compared to regular road salt.  

How you can help: Email Mayor Quinton Lucas (mayor of Kansas City, Missouri) at MayorQ@kcmo.org. Or, share this petition (www.change.org/savekansascity with your family and friends. 

According to modot.org, in most areas in Missouri road salt is 80% salt brine (common road salt) and 20% Beet Heet. This is a good start, but more environmentally friendly road salt can be used! Common road salt should be replaced with environmentally friendly alternatives such as calcium magnesium acetate, potassium acetate, and/or Beet Heet (organic concentrations of carbohydrates, not beet byproducts) are some of many road salt alternatives currently available. These should be used to supplement the regular road salt. 

In summary: 

1) If Kansas City takes this step, then other cities would hopefully follow suit. In fact, Traverse City in Michigan is currently using only Beet Heet to melt ice on roads, which is a much better and more cost-effective ice melter than common road salt (not to be confused with beet juice or beet byproducts). And, since Beet Heet is made from organic concentrations of carbohydrates, it is biodegradable. Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin also use Beet Heet, which can save 150 lbs of salt per square mile. (Beet Heet is just an example -- it does not have to be just Beet Heet; there are other options). 

2) In fact, in Duluth, Minnesota, the crews use biodegradable potassium acetate (a type of eco road salt) to melt the ice and the cost ends up being about the same as regular salt (because potassium acetate works  much better). Furthermore, the maintenance managers in Duluth recommend "not overapplying" and "ensuring the salt stays on the road." This what Kansas City should do as well. 

This is a necessity! Mayor Quinton Lucas, please stand with us in this decision. Although it may be harder and more expensive in the short term, Kansas City would gain recognition and be helping the environment at the same time. 

If you would like to know where I have gotten the above information, please send an email to marialuna@marialuna.org. I will be happy to share my sources with you. 

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