Wausau, WI

Salt: The Sleeping Giant of Environmental Threats to Water and Soil


A recent study has revealed that salt poses a significant environmental threat to water and soil. It is important for road management and snow removal practices to be more responsible when it comes to salt usage. Here are some tips to ensure a more sustainable approach to road salting.

1. Assess Your Salt Usage

Start by evaluating your current salt usage. By understanding how much salt you are using and where, you can begin to make informed decisions about reducing your environmental impact.

2. Use Salt Alternatives

Consider using alternatives to salt, such as sand or beet juice brine. These alternatives can be just as effective at improving road conditions while minimizing the detrimental effects of salt on the environment.

3. Calibrate Equipment

Make sure your equipment is properly calibrated to avoid over-application of salt. By using the right amount of salt, you can minimize unnecessary environmental damage.

4. Store Salt Properly

Ensure that salt is stored in a dry location, away from water sources. This will prevent potential contamination of nearby soil and water bodies.

5. Train Staff

Provide training to your staff on the importance of responsible salt usage and the potential environmental impacts. This will help create a culture of sustainability within your organization.

In Conclusion

The excessive use of salt for road salting presents a significant environmental threat to water and soil. By assessing salt usage, exploring alternatives, calibrating equipment, storing salt properly, and training staff, businesses can take a more responsible approach towards snow management, reducing their environmental impact and promoting sustainability.