Science Bulletin: Winter Roads Make Salty Streams

Part of the Ecology Disrupted Curriculum Collection.

Titled “Winter Roads Make Salty Streams,” NASA image map of northeast United States shows freshwater sampling sites and mapped roads.


Winter Roads Make Salty Streams video

HD video (220Mb)

Winter Roads Make Salty Streams teacher's guide




Salt used on winter roads could eventually make water supplies toxic to wildlife and unfit to drink.


"This Science Bulletin, Winter Roads Make Salty Streams that we are about to watch is based on the scientific research of Sujay Kaushal. He was interested in understanding if the salt we put on roads to melt snow and ice ends up in streams. We will be exploring the work reported in this Bulletin over the next week or so."

Questions for Thought

Ask students to write down any questions they have about the researchBulletin.  Collect these questions and after class write the questions on a piece of chart paper that can be easily seen during the course of the unit.

Note:  Refer to these questions throughout the unit and check off any questions that are answered along the way.