Practice Smart Salting This Winter
Winter is among us, which means slippery roads and sidewalks. We all know salt can be a good tool to melt ice on slippery surfaces, but it comes at an environmental cost. When the snow melts, the de-icing salt, which contains chloride, runs into nearby lakes and can harm our fish, ducks, and other aquatic life. How can you make a difference?
- Check the temperature: Is it too cold for salt? Most salts stop working around 15 degrees (F).
- Apply less than you think: Adding more salt does not equal more melting.
- Clean-up any extra salt: If you can see sand or salt on dry pavement, it’s means that it is no longer working and could be washed away.