Framework for Assessing Road Salt Impacts on Groundwater


This project established a framework for prioritizing opportunities to protect drinking water from salt contamination by assessing the factors that contribute to risk of road salt impacts on water quality in public groundwater sources

The project included the development of Geographic Information System (GIS) maps of sodium concentrations in community groundwater sources throughout Massachusetts. It included a prioritization framework to highlight the factors indicating potential risk of road salt contamination in groundwater sources. We also provided a statewide fact sheet about road salt and its impacts to drinking water sources and information on the prioritization framework.


Students: Gigliotti, Nicholas P.; Pataky, Nicholas A.; Robbins, Zachary R.; Wile, Shawn D.

Project Advisors: Paul Mathisen and Seth Tuler

Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection