Smart Salting

A Reminder from the Natural Resources Commission

Salt helps to keep our roads and sidewalks safe in the winter and softens water in our homes throughout the year. However, over-use of salt comes with high price. Chloride from salt infiltrates our lakes, streams, and groundwater putting aquatic life and freshwater resources at risk.

Some easy ways to reduce your salt use:

  • Shovel snow before it freezes – this is the most important step.
  • If you need to salt after shoveling, scatter it lightly leaving space between grains.
  • One 12-ounce cup of salt is enough to treat a 20-foot driveway or 10 sidewalk squares.
  • When pavement temps drop below 15° F, salt won’t work – switch to sand for traction or a different ice melter that works at lower temperatures.

You can be safe and care for the environment this winter.