From: Nels Paulsen, Conservation Minnesota, Policy Director

When we see thawing and freezing cycles across the state, it results in a lot of ice on our roads, parking lots and sidewalks. Which means a lot of road salt will be repeatedly applied to them to reduce slippery spots. 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.

Conservation Minnesota has been 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.

More information can be found at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

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?

This is an area of concern for the Fairmont Lakes Foundation. Together we can protect the Minnesota you love.

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