Minimize Salt Use To Help Preserve Local Waterways

It takes less than one teaspoon of salt to pollute nearly five gallons of water. Once that water is polluted, it is nearly impossible to turn back. This winter think twice before loading your driveway with salt to help protect local waterways.

Road salt and deicing chemicals contain chemicals toxic to fish and plants. Melted snow and ice carry these harmful substances through sewers, leading to streams, rivers, and lakes. According to the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO), road salt is already causing some Twin Cities lakes and streams to become so salty they may not be able to support native species within 30 years.

The City of Golden Valley has already taken measures to limit the amount of salt used on City streets like plowing curb to curb, using liquid additives that enhances the salt’s effectiveness, and using equipment that requires more liquid brine and less granular salt.

Ways you can limit your salt use:

  1. Shovel More
    1. Shovel early and often during a snow storm so the snow doesn’t have time to compact and turn to ice. If shoveling doesn’t sound fun, use a snow blower!
  2. Know When To Salt
    1. Most salt doesn’t work below 15 degrees. Always check the temperature and read the label of the product you are using. When it gets too cold to use standard products, use sand to improve traction on walkways.
  3. Know How Much Salt To Use
    1. To maximize effectiveness while not overusing salt, use a hand spreader when laying salt. It makes the job easier and more accurate.
  4. Sweep Up Leftover Salt
    1. If there is no ice left on your driveway, sweep up the remaining salt for future use and to keep it from flowing into storm drains.

For more information, visit the City website or the MWMO website.

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