Deicing salt accounts for approximately 75% of chloride found in our waterways. During precipitation events and snowmelt, stormwater gathers excess salt and washes it into our nearby streams and lakes. The remaining 25% of chloride in surface and groundwater is from water softeners. Chloride in water has major negative impacts to wildlife, the environment, and us.
Knowing how much salt to use and the best time to apply is critical to keeping the balance between safe roads, driveways, parking lots, and sidewalks and a healthy sustainable environment.
The City is proud to say, all winter maintenance crew members are Smart Salting Certified!
Follow this link to a Winter Parking Lot and Sidewalk Maintenance Manual: Winter Parking Lot and Sidewalk Maintenance Manual (state.mn.us)
Employ these simple practices during winter weather to prevent pollution to our valuable local water resources