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Over-salting is hurting Chicago’s wildlife

Every year, more than 22 million tons of salt are dumped on U.S. roads and highways, but that doesn’t just mean clear streets. Yesterday’s snowstorm was a reminder of this year’s harsh winter, and it brought back the salt truck. While road salt is helpful on streets and roads, it can have a big impact on wildlife and drinking water. Steve Sullivan, the senior curator of Urban Ecology at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, joins us in the studio along with a blue-spotted salamander.

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