Re: [gardeners] Winter storm in Rochester (
Sat, 16 Jan 1999 20:03:57 -0500

At 07:08 AM 17-01-99 +1300, you wrote:
>Snow pollution in the lake!!!
>What happens when the snow melts naturally, doesn't it run off to 
>the lake and pollute it anyway? Sounds like environmentalism gone 
>mad to me. Or maybe I am in which case I plead ignorance of snow 
>conditions. Does anyone have solid information on the extra 
>pollution risk here? Bill?

The snow cleared and in need of dumping would be laced with oil, gas, road
debris, salt, chemical de-icer, etc. which would have been scooped up from
the road.  At least normal melting snow (some of it very clean) would not
dump excessive amounts of this stuff into the lakes in one fell swoop -- I
think the lakes can handle chemicals ok if they get them bit by bit.  Erie,
one of the Great Lakes has regenerated itself since several factories were
told to stop dumping and now has edible fish in it again.  I am afraid I
can't give you precise quantities but I know that's roughly how it works.

Lucinda, Canada

>Terry Dowdeswell
>18 Henderson Ave
>Tuakau, New Zealand
>Average daily maximum  above 20degC for 5-6 months
>Average monthly maximum above 25degC for 4 months
>Average daily maximum always above14degC
>Average daily minimum never below 7.8degC
>1-10 ground frosts per year, almost no air frost
>Rainfall mean july 135mils, Jan 70mils, annual 1185mils
>> Jill, that makes complete sense -- just the little that the 
>> local snow plows shove up on our lawns indicates that dumping
>> in Lake Ontario would polute. We've had a car parked at the
>> top of the driveway for 48 hrs now, just in case of emergency -- 
>> and the snow plow came through to scrape the icey slush
>> aside 'round about 7:00am, flinging it up all over the windshield
>> and hood of the car! Obviously we can't hose it down until the
>> weather improves.. but that salt and sand corrodes. 
>> Penny, NY  
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