After years of brine, indicators are seen in water quality

January 10, 2022

By Zachary Matson, Adirondack Explorer

The small crew at the Hague Highway Department spent part of a December morning staring into a measuring device as they mixed salt and water in a 1,000-gallon tank.

“Where are we at?” Matt Coffin asked Tim Fiallo, who doublechecked the refractometer and reported that the brine’s salt concentration was approaching the desired 23.3%. 

The crew took advantage of the sunny weather to mix up a batch of new brine, topping off a series of eight 3,000-gallon storage tanks raised off the ground on cement blocks behind the town garage. 

The brine is a key tool in Hague’s battle against slippery winter roads – and their battle against the tons of road salt polluting Lake George. This will be the third winter the crew is using the alternative to straight salt.

Read the full story by Zachary Matson in the Adirondack Explorer, including how the LGA helped the town of Hague reduce their road salt use by 70%.