Environmental Facts Regarding Inhibited De-Icers.

A Ohio County, “recently approved a resolution supporting a $50,000 grant from county sewer user fees to the Ohio State University Extension Office for education of farmers in proper fertilizer application to reduce phosphorus in rainwater runoff from farmland.

The phosphorus promotes algae growth that threatens drinking-water supplies.

This summer, some 400,000 Toledo area residents couldn’t drink their tap water for two days because of algae growth in Lake Erie, which is their water source.”  Quoted from “the Vindicator” news source.

The interesting thing about the phosphorus in fertilizers used by farmers is, farmers run a business, they won’t apply any more then absolutely needed. It adds cost to their crops that hurts their bottom line. They also look for more environmentally friendly fertilizers as a good business practice, this helps drive the market place to provide a lower cost, more environmentally friendly product.

However! This same county is now buying a competitors liquid deicer, a BEET Juice by product that has been found to be high in phosphorus!!

How can you be concerned about farm runoff, but not even looking at the products applied to your local roads? With the harsh winter last year and more of the same on the way for this coming winter, I would think that as a good steward of the environment, you would be looking at what is in the products you purchase.

When you consider how much salt was used last year and you are now applying the BEET Juice to roads that drain directly to rivers, lakes and streams. You have to ask “How Much phosphorus will be introduced from their operation?”

BOOST* is rated as one of the least harmful Liquid De-Icers by a Independent Laboratory! Call Great Lakes Chloride, Inc. if you would like to learn more. 877-445-2604

Below is a link to the ClearRoads study that rates liquid deicers.

http://clearroads.org/wp-content/uploads/dlm_uploads/11-02_12-30-13-Final-Fact-Sheet.pdf

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About Dave Budd

Vice President of Product Development and Marketing, Great Lakes Chloride, Inc. Serving Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. Retired Michigan DOT, October 2010 after 32 years experience in Maintenance/Operations. Specializing in winter operations and liquid de-icers and anti-icers.
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