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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:13 pm    Post subject: Snow = salt and grit Reply with quote

With the recent heavy snowfall, local authorities are spreading tons of salt and grit.

Question is, what effect, if any does this have on the environment?

Presumably the grit will probably mix with the soil, and encourage alpine type plants along the road.

But what of the salt?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:20 pm    Post subject: salt on road Reply with quote

It will burn the grass and plants a little but eventually the rain will wash it away. What's worse is the result on plants that are tender perennials. Some may not make it without covering.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They haven't spread ANY salt or sand around us!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I asked the same question last night and It also lead me to think What about the fish? I have noticed that all lakes and even flowing rivers have all frozen over. Does anyone know what happens the fish?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:48 am    Post subject: fish in winter Reply with quote

Water will freeze up to about 4 feet only. Our pond in the garden has a running hose hooked to the circulation system, called a bubbler, to keep the water flowing and keep an air hole open for the fish. They survive all winter just fine, going into a dormant state. You can if fact see them suspended in almost a block of ice in some rivers. http://redoubtreporter.blogspot.com/2009/01/science-of-seasons-many-factors-affect.html Most lakes near Coornagillagh are shallow so many fish may die according to this article which says the oxygen could drop and kill them in the spring. The impact on tourism will be huge in that event. Your local fish and forestry ministries should be writing about it in the media for public awareness about the dangers of ice.

How are the sheep doing in the mountains?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:28 am    Post subject: Water for birds and animals in winter Reply with quote

Birds need to have water in winter as it takes energy to melt snow to keep hydrated. If you have a running water system in your pond, many birds will flock to it. Squirrels have a habitat around the pond in winter as a ready supply. These doves all flocked one evening as word went out that there was a source for them.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i fully expected not to see the fish in my pond until the spring but they are swimming around under the ice. i am amazed they are not at the bottom.i have a pump circulating the water but it is still freezing with just a small air hole made by the hose going in to the pond.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Part of our pond today.




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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOOKS DEADLY KS
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked ICEBERG ahead.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers ormondsview, you've put my mind at rest and saved me the bother from running around with a pick breaking ice on lakes. We have a few sheep out at the moment and they're getting fed-up with the sharp ice on the fields. But the big thaw is on and I would say by the end of the week we should be back to normal, but very cold.
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