Most cities around the United States throw salt on the roads when it snows. But some experts are turning to something a little less conventional to get the job done: beet juice, molasses, cheese waste, and beer, as they think that all the sodium being added to the water via runoff from the roads is making lakes and rivers closer to salt water, a move that will threaten the life of things like fish and frogs that need to live in a fresh water environment.

Road salt is threatening U.S. waterways; beet juice and beer are other options
Road salt is threatening U.S. waterways; beet juice and beer are other options. Associated Press file

Agencies in New Jersey and North Dakota have started to use a mixture containing beet juice to keep their roads clear. New Hampshire and Maine are using a molasses mixture, and in Wisconsin, cheese brine is even making an appearance on some roads. In other places around the country, you’ll also see beer and pickle brine making a roadway appearance.

Road salt is threatening U.S. waterways; beet juice and beer are other options.
Beer as deicing product in the States. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Despite its environmental impact, salt is still the cheapest and most effective roadway treatment. Not that beer and cheese doesn’t sound like a delicious alternative, but we’re not likely to see salt replaced entirely anytime soon.

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via News Herald, Fortune

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