As more snow falls on the UK, harmful salt usage goes up
Snow has fallen on Britain, causing school closures and transit chaos once again, and the nation is scrambling to salt their roads and walkways to keep it clear of snow and ice. More heavy snow may be on the way and coucils are running out of resources such as salt; they may even have to import salt from abroad if they don't have enough. However, how much salt that is poured onto the roads can be safe to runoff into the streams and rivers throughout the country?
This could also affect drinking water reservoirs and the problem will only get worse as the thaw occurs.
Amphibians living in these waterways are the most affected by the large amounts of salt, but this harsh road salt can also kill trees and vegetation and can affect the health of migratory birds.
This may not seem like a big deal now as people struggle to get around on the roads, but after the thaw occurs this is going to have a negative impact on the environment.
The hardest hit areas are in the Lake District, central England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Some snow is expected to fall on London and other parts of southern England and south-east Wales.