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Let's Use Less Road Salt

February 24, 2017 3:05 PM

Participants at Winter Maintenance Workshop

There is no question there is too much salt used, not only on our roads, but on sidewalks and parking lots and other solid surfaces in Madison, Dane County and the entire State of Wisconsin.  Because of snow and ice, we are accustomed to thinking that impressive salt use is the way to maintain safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians, but we know that is not necessarily the case.  The excessive usage has instead affected our water tables and wells and it will be years before we can reverse that. 

I am pleased though, that the City of Madison is working with Dane County and the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District to provide training to municipalities, firms and staff responsible for salt application.  The above photo is from today's training, and features a welcome from Phil Gaebler of Madison Stormwater Engineering.  Participants learned about best practices as they work to maintain safe travel, save money and maintain  a healthy environment. 

Stay tuned for more information on a certification program the City of Madison intends to develop this year.  This certification will function as a way for a private business or government to showcase their commitment to resident safety as well as environmental protection. 

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