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The amount of salt used across the FSU campus during the snow seasons 2009- 2010 and 2010-2011 was approximately 900 and 1200 tons respectivley. Because the salt application across the campus is non-uniform the monitoring sites were chosen to try and capture a representative picture of salt deposition, storage and mobility. Because the use of salt varies across campus, the location of the sites should describe areas for future targeting.
Salt degrades soils and a damaged soil will erode quicker. This leads to an increased sediment yield in the watershed channels. This sediment yield often includes anthropogenic pollutants which are normally diffused via pedogenic processes of healthy soils. By developing a detailed understanding of our soils and watershed,we will be possible to assess our impacts on the Sand Spring Run watershedand our contribution to Chesapeake Bay and develop more sustainable land-use practices
A total of 4 automated stations location were identified, 1 MET station and 18 additional soil moisture sensors have been located throughout the campus to produce a detailed sampling grid. These are shown on the following map.