Winter Road Salt – the Next Acid Rain? – May Threaten Adirondack “Queen of American Lakes”

Road salt, the next acid rain.
Is road salt the next acid rain? Lake George in New York’s Adirondack Mountains may hold the answer. (Image courtesy Lake George Association)

Tendrils of fog curl above the waters of the Queen of American Lakes, as Lake George in New York’s Adirondack Mountains is known. Biting winds gusted out of the northwest yesterday, and an early snow is forecast for tomorrow. But for this one afternoon in late fall, cold winds fetching across slate-gray waves have gone elsewhere. The queen is holding her breath, granting one last look at autumn on a day that seems suspended in time.

Lake George is waiting, her future in question. For the first time in the history of the 32-mile-long lake – a gift from long-ago glaciers that once covered the land, then melted – our actions may have imperiled her health.

Thomas Jefferson referred to Lake George, the Queen of American Lakes, as the most beautiful water he ever saw. Will the lake stay that way? (Photograph by Carl Heilman II)

Two centuries and more ago, it was a different picture. “Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1791. —> Read More Here


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