But salt is also showing up in wells there. A well test taken from Sussex County, viewed by the Howard Center, showed 69 milligrams per liter — three times higher than the government advice for people on low-salt diets. In Maryland, Andrew Lazur, a University of Maryland Extension state water quality specialist, examined state U.S. Geological Survey data and found that people consuming well water on Maryland’s coastal plain get up to or greater than 15% of the daily recommended sodium intake from the water. Drinking water typically provides 1% of salt intake; the rest comes from food. Salt in groundwater also compounds other health threats by, in effect, mobilizing harmful heavy-metal contaminants like lead from corroding pipes and other sources, Lazur said. Lazur laments that little attention is paid to chloride and other groundwater contaminants, a disproportionate threat to low-income people in the tidewater region of the mid-Atlantic, he said. “It costs to test your water, and then to treat it,” he said. “You have to think about the lower-income population, renters. But sneak a peek at these guys drinking water is lower on the radar than, say, coastal erosion, habitat change, and impact on agriculture. It’s because it’s less understood.


Police ID 2 killed when truck crosses median on I-55 JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Two people were killed in an accident on Interstate 55 Monday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a tractor trailer rear-ended a Chevrolet Cruze on northbound Interstate 55 near Route Z around 2 p.m. The impact caused the Cruze to slide off the roadway and overturned. The tractor trailer then struck an Acura TL and Kia Telluride as it crashed through a cable barrier into oncoming traffic.  MSHP said the cable barrier also damaged the side of a Nissan Altima. A man and woman inside the Kia were killed. The victims were identified as 72-year-old Leonard Byrd and 66-year-old Rebecca Byrd, both of Ste. Genevieve. The driver of the Cruze was taken to a local hospital for treatment for his injuries. Two people were killed when a tractor trailer crossed into oncoming traffic and hit another vehicle around 2 p.m.