DNR reminds Wisconsinites to reduce salt use this winter during Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week

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MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Wisconsin Salt Wise remind Wisconsin residents of the negative impacts of chlorides and best practices for responsible salt use during Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week, Jan. 11-15, 2021.

The DNR said in a release that while salt keeps Wisconsin roads safe during winter, much of the chlorides from salt are infiltrating lakes, streams and groundwater. These increased chloride levels have many negative impacts, including environmental and economic effects, corrosion of bridges, roads and other infrastructure and impacts on pets.

Throughout the week, Wisconsin Salt Wise will host daily livestreams on YouTube from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. featuring experts on topics ranging from lake science to water softeners. Additionally, property managers can attend a virtual Smart Salting Training on Thursday, Jan. 14.

The DNR encouraged Wisconsinites to practice cautious winter salting by clearing walkways and other areas before the snow turns to ice so less salt has to be used. The DNR also recommends scattering salt it so that there is enough space between the grains. Lastly, they recommend to not use salt when pavement temperatures drop below 15 degrees.

More information on the DNR’s efforts to monitor chlorides and reduce their effects can be found on the DNR website. To learn more about Salt Awareness Week and Wisconsin Salt Wise, including incentives for reducing salt use and free training opportunities, click here.