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This photo was taken late Sunday (October 21st). The tarp is moving around in moderate winds, but this pile has been left open all weekend with all kinds of bad weather including heavy rain and high winds.



Complaints to the MOE resulted in the pile being covered up, would of been nice if it was done last Friday before the weekend.
 
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I noticed a large amount of a salt looking blotches all the my vehicles last Saturday and this happen again today, I checked the piles over on Eastport and they were covered but I called the MOE anyway to check.
It seems the Port or their tenant are cleaning up old salt piles that have been trucked away with water from the Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) which is really a toxic waste dump.
So now we are getting salt mixed with water from the CDF.

 

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Hi Scott

came across this article today you may find a tad interesting, regarding Ontario's Environmental Commissoner's report on our water supply and contamination regarding salt ! Wonder what her thoughts would be about having our large salt shaker beside the water's edge ??


https://www.thesudburystar.com/news/local-news/salt-a-worry-in-lake-ramsey-new-report-warns


Salt a worry in Lake Ramsey, new report warns
Fuel, fertilizer and sewage are some of the main pollutants that imperil Sudbury's most important lake
Jim Moodie The Sudbury Star
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Published on: November 15, 2018 | Last Updated: November 15, 2018 1:40 AM EST


Ramsey Lake. Gino Donato/Sudbury Star
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File photo/The Canadian PressEnvironmental Commissioner of Ontario Dianne Saxe is shown in this file photo at the Ontario Legislature, in Toronto earlier this year. Frank Gunn / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Lake Ramsey is highlighted in a recent report from Ontario’s environmental commissioner as an example of a water supply threatened by salt overload.
The city’s signature water body — and major drinking water source — is also mentioned in a chapter concerning phosphate-driven algal blooms, which have caused multiple closures of swimming beaches in recent years.
The 2018 report, titled Back to Basics, argues there is “much more work to do” when it comes to water quality — even for communities like Sudbury where drinking water is protected by the post-Walkerton standards of the Clean Water Act.
The annual state-of-the-environment release, published by commissioner Dianne Saxe, cites fuel, fertilizer and sewage as some of the main pollutants that imperil a lake like Ramsey.
It also focuses extensively, however, on a substance that might seem superficially benign but can also wreak havoc on the environment and human health: Salt.
An oversupply of salt, derived mostly from de-icing of winter pavement, is “toxic to aquatic plants and animals in many ways,” the report states. It can kill organisms, for instance, and “change the weight of lake water enough to block the normal mixing process, which is essential to bring oxygen into the deeper, cooler water that fish like lake trout need.”
Salty water can also dissolve the bonds between heavy metals and sediments, making the metals more harmful, according to the ECO. And it can be “risky for humans to drink.”
Rising levels of salt have been documented across the province, Saxe writes, including at Ramsey Lake — enough so that the Greater Sudbury Watershed Alliance was motivated to hold a public meeting earlier this year and produce a discussion paper on the subject.
Speaking at the February session, Living With Lakes director John Gunn described salinity in Ramsey as “a challenging time bomb.”
He said too much salt will kill off water-filtering organisms like daphnia, create oxygen-depleted pockets of water, and “trigger algal changes that are going to be troublesome.”
The alliance blames widened roads, bigger parking lots and a lack of alternative de-icing methods for more salt being flushed into Ramsey and other lakes.
The environmental commissioner says in her report that climate change also has a role in the chloride spike, as extreme weather generally means more salt will be applied on roads and sidewalks.
“The biggest single users are the Ministry of Transportation and large municipalities, but private applications on parking lots, driveways and walkways spread a huge amount of road salt, often with less precision,” the report states.
The problem will likely just get worse unless steps are taken to reduce salt use or find alternatives, according to Saxe.
To date, however, the province hasn’t shown much interest in exploring greener options. While Calgary has embraced beet brine as a less-toxic de-icer (it also bonds better to roads, apparently), Ontario “has not made a major commitment to research into alternatives” — mostly because they might cost more, the commissioner says.
But the price tag on traditional road salt doesn’t really reflect the full cost, as it doesn’t take into account the “negative impacts on infrastructure and the environment,” the report argues.
One of the ECO’s recommendations is that MTO and the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks “compare the cost-effectiveness of de-icing alternatives in terms of both the cost of the product, and of that alternative’s negative impacts on infrastructure, on the environment and on drinking water supplies.”
Saxe also believes municipalities should be compelled to adopt salt management plans and review and update them regularly.
“Some may not have yet taken measures known to reduce salt contamination, such as installing domes over salt storage piles,” she notes in the report. “Many others are not using up-to-date technologies and best practices, and are therefore causing more salt contamination than is necessary for public safety.”
The biggest opportunity to reduce salt damage “probably occurs on parking lots and walkways, which are often one of the worst sources of road salt runoff,” the report points out.
Research undertaken in the Lake Simcoe area showed runoff from parking lots was “four times saltier than ocean water” — in other words, very toxic.
One of the problems with reducing salt use, however, is the fear, among both municipalities and businesses, of being sued in the event of an ice-related accident.
Saxe said that can be addressed by liability relief, as has occurred in New Hampshire. Here, landowners whose staff or contractors have completed a Green SnowPro program — which provides training on snow-management tools and techniques that improve safety and protect drinking water sources — are shielded by state law from big litigation payouts.
The environmental commissioner argues Ontario should do something similar, recommending the government “adopt a law that provides liability protection for landowners and contractors who use up-to-date technologies and snow management practices to achieve road safety with the minimum amount of salt.”
The ECO further calls on the province to “require all contractors retained to provide winter maintenance on property that is publicly owned or open to the public (e.g., public parking lots) to be certified in the proper use of salt.”
In general, Saxe said more vigilance is required in monitoring lakes and enforcing the rules that already do apply in Ontario.
“The province has had laws against water pollution in place for more than 60 years,” the commissioner stated. “These laws have worked to reduce many kinds of water pollution, but population growth, urbanization, agricultural changes and climate change are eroding their effectiveness.”
Algae-befouled beaches would be one example of our failure to protect our freshwater gems; a creek or lake so salty it can’t support a freshwater plant or fish would be another.
“Our environment is sending us a message,” the commissioner says.
jmoodie@postmedia.com
 
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scotto

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Hi Scott

came across this article today you may find a tad interesting, regarding Ontario's Environmental Commissoner's report on our water supply and contamination regarding salt ! Wonder what her thoughts would be about having our large salt shaker beside the water's edge ??
What would she think about having all that salt beside her house, good find!


From November 25th, the Salt company and the Port have stopped inbound ships from listing their location on AIS, this pile appeared late last week.
I will have to watch the ships a little better.

AIS https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-79.2/centery:43.2/zoom:10
 
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