Road salt and other deicing materials are needed to keep Lake County’s roads, parking lots and sidewalks safe, but the products used can impact our water quality. Each year, several Lake County departments team up to offer deicing workshops to public agencies and private contractors to show how to wisely use road salt that will reduce the environmental impacts and help them save money. This year, Lake County partnered with the Smart Salt Collaborative to host virtual workshops.
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.