Spring is here, and as snow continues to melt into our favorite local lakes and streams, it carries with it an entire winter’s worth of salt. In the Twin Cities, about 365,000 tons of salt is applied every winter. All this salt, now trapped in lakes and rivers, is a permanent pollutant, meaning that once the pollution occurs, it cannot be removed from the environment. It is making the water salty and toxic for fish and aquatic plants.
To combat this issue, local organizations are working to certify private and public users in “Smart Salting.” From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District will host a free certification course in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Fortin Consulting.
Through the five-hour course, winter maintenance professionals will learn about equipment calibration, application rates, de-icers and anti-icers and a variety of other techniques that maximize efficiency of salt to maintain public safety and protect the environment.
The course is designed for contractors, state or local road maintenance staff, volunteers and staff who manage snow and ice at facilities and property managers writing contracts. Anyone interested in learning these smart salting techniques is invited to attend. An optional test will be administered at the end of the course to obtain a smart salting certification.
For more info and to RSVP, visit https://winter-maintenance-april-11.eventbrite.com or contact Maya at email@example.com. The course will be held at Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District, 18681 Lake Drive East, Chanhassen.