When Americans try to work something out but fail, we head to court.
But that option isn’t available for many long-suffering New Yorkers with water made undrinkable by road salt.
Road salt has been a known threat to the environment and human health for decades. Yet, the state of New York, which applies about as much per mile of roadway as any other state, depending on the year, has done little to prevent, clean up or truly quantify much of the problem.
That has stood out to me in several months of reporting on how road salt is fouling up water in and around the Adirondacks. The scale of the problem is so uncertain that hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers may have salty water without even knowing it.
But when they do find out, they have a heck of a time trying to make things right.