This week we’re seeing thawing and freezing cycles across the state, resulting in a lot of ice. Which means a lot of road salt will be applied to our sidewalks and parking lots to reduce slippery spots and maybe even help gain access to sewer drains. Road salt does its job of melting ice, but it also washes into our waterways increasing chloride levels in our lakes, rivers, and streams.
It takes only one teaspoon of road salt to permanently pollute 5 gallons of water. Once in the water, there is no way to remove the chloride, and at high concentrations, chloride harms fish, aquatic plant life, groundwater, and drinking water supplies.
Again this year, Conservation Minnesota is working at the state legislature to help pass a bill to protect Minnesota lakes from over-salting by providing liability relief to certified salt applicators. Salt applicators are often pressured to apply more product than necessary due to liability concerns. If passed, this legislation would provide liability exemption for salt applicators who have completed certified training through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, ultimately preventing unnecessary chloride from impairing our waterways.
We want to know what you think about this proposal. Do you support liability relief for certified salt applicators to protect our lakes, rivers, and drinking water from pollution?
Thank you for providing your opinion. Your input helps us decide which issues are most important to devote staff time and resources. Together we can protect the Minnesota you love.