The salt we use to keep our roads, parking lots and sidewalks free of ice during the winter finds its way into our rivers where it is toxic to fish and hurts water quality. Salt is also corrosive to our infrastructure and can kill the vegetation on our landscape.
Below are resources to help your community be smart about their winter salt use:
Salt Smart Collaborative
Winter Deicing Trainings
Through Salt Smart, we offer yearly deicing workshops and webinars. The 2021 Virtual Deicing Workshops were completed in September and October. Dates for the 2022 deicing workshops will be available at saltsmart.org/workshops.
- How Does Salt Melt Snow and Ice? | Download as Word Document
- Salt Smart Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads this Winter | Download as Word Document
- After It Snows, What Gets Plowed First? | Download as Word Document
- Winter Clean-Up Tips | Download as Word Document
- Anti-Icing: The Stripes That Keep You Safe | Download as Word Document
- Lose the Crunch, Love the Lines: Why We Need to Adopt Anti-Icing | Download as Word Document
- How Winter Salt Affects Our Pets | Download as Word Document
- The Scoop on Road Salt: How Chlorides Impact the Environment | Download as Word Document
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Salt Scatter Cups
A 12 ounce cup or mug full of salt is enough to cover 10 sidewalk squares! Share these salt scatter cups with residents to promote Smart Salting techniques.
Contact Lea Rodbarry to purchase scatter cups. Cups are free for members of the Lower DuPage River Watershed Coalition and Lower Des Plaines Watershed Group.