Environmental Impacts Of Volcanic Cinder

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Tue, April 10 2012 at 6:52 PM, Updated: Tue, April 10 2012 at 7:53 PM

Residents are stirred by the reaction from the Oregon Department of Transportation after finding large amounts of sediment run-off flowing through their property.

Some Ashland residents have made several attempts to fix a landslide problem which they suspect to be from sediment run-off. About a mile down the hillside from the Ashland O.D.O.T. substation, volcanic rock called Cinder has made it's way into the streams and tributaries. A couple of home owners are concerned about the affects it the on the environment. A material used to sand snowy roads, Cinder. Home owners also think "cinder catches'" are to blame. Transportation officials say several of these catches are used to dump recycled material, Scooped back up and reused on the road during snowy conditions. But according to the O.D.O.T. website and the Alternative Snow and Ice Methods Field Evaluation done in 2003, several problems are noted. That includes the affects it has on the road surface, vehicles, run-off drains and surrounding habitats.The United States Forest Service is also concerned about esthetics of these practices because the material can cause plants to be smothered. While O.D.O.T. claims to be in compliance with all state and federal regulations, residents in this area are demanding a change to the methods of snow and ice control currently in use.

For a full copy of the report on Alternative Snow and Ice Control  Methods and other information visit the website below.

www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/TP_RES/docs/reports/AlternativeMethodsSnow.PDF?ga=t

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

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