Dr. Simmons, Dean of the School of Natural Science and Mathematics, was mentioned in an article in the Frederick News Post yesterday. The article was about how scientists are concerned about the type of salt being used to melt snow on our roads and how it might be affecting our environment. In 2010, Maryland implemented a statewide salt management program in hopes of limiting the amount of salt applied to roads. The concern about how salt is affecting the environment involves the salinity of waterways increasing to an unsafe level. Too much salinity in these waterways can affect animals in a negative way.