Businesses large and small, both private and public, have to balance safety with effective ice and snow removal practices in their winter maintenance programs. Road salt is the most commonly used tool to manage snow and ice removal, but there are best practices to follow and sensible methods and alternatives to use that can be more environmentally friendly and cost-effective.
Both salt and sand used for snow and ice management have negative impacts on the aquatic environment, local economics, public health, and our watersheds. There are ways for winter maintenance workers to reduce road salt (chloride) used on sidewalks, parking lots, and roadways. Every year Lake County departments partner together to offer a workshop to keep public and private sector professionals up-to-date with alternative winter maintenance practices and the importance of responsible road salt use.
Businesses (large and small) both private and public have to balance safety and effective ice and snow removal and during typical winters. Salt is the most commonly used tool and often used over and over again within a season.
Both salt and sand used for snow and ice management have negative impacts on the aquatic environment and the entire watershed. There are ways for deicing contractors to reduce chloride use on sidewalks, parking lots and roads.