Landowners dealing with brine spills can tell you, the salt contamination can be nearly impossible to remove to allow crops to grow again.
Today, NDSU researchers were sharing results of the latest tests on techniques to make the land usable, more quickly.
Several landowners attended the meeting that included information on material that absorbs salt from deep in the soil and can then be removed, taking much of the contamination with it.
One researcher says the idea has promise for helping revive land scarred by brine.
(Miranda Meehan, NDSU Environmental Stewardship) “In the greenhouse, we had some really favorable results removing up to 80% of the salts. So the next step is looking at how we can apply that to the field.”
Brine spills are most frequently related to oilfield activities that are common in western North Dakota.