Mag chloride sprayed in the rain ran into the Blue |

Mag chloride sprayed in the rain ran into the Blue

Lorraine Caposole MillerSummit County

When are we going to stop hurting the environment? When are we going to realize that by hurting the environment we are hurting ourselves? Tuesday, in the pouring rain, magnesium chloride was being sprayed, full force, on to the road outside of my house. It is a dirt road which borders the Blue River at the bottom of the hill.The mag chloride was joining the rain runoff and going right into an irrigation ditch and the Blue River. Two streams ran down either side of the road, traveling over a half-mile and into the Blue.As I followed the truck spraying the awful goo, keeping my distance, I was incensed. The road did not have a dust problem, so why was the mag chloride being sprayed? And, in the rain? Besides, why can’t just plain water be sprayed if the dust becomes a big problem? Certainly, if that were the case, homeowners would call the county and complain. Instead the mag chloride was unnecessarily going into the environment, into the water of the Blue River and penetrating all of the exposed dirt. The awful goo got all over the bottom of my car, one quarter inch or more thick, and later, my dog’s feet. The robins landing on wet surfaces, looking for worms, were affected. The trout were swimming in it. All the different kinds of wildlife crossing our road will get it on their feet. The mag chloride negatively affected the air, water and land and the associated animals, not to mention the workers.Fellow Summit County residents, please help put a stop to the use of mag chloride. The research is available showing that it is bad for the environment.

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