Protecting Minnesota's Environment During Winter Driving Season

October 19, 2016 06:18 PM

The winter driving season is right around the corner. Snowy and icy roads will be here before you know it, but keeping roads clear in the winter comes at a cost both financially and environmentally.

During the Minnesota Water Resources Conference in Saint Paul Wednesday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recommended more communities use liquid salt on the roads to help protect the water supply. 

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"For now we need to use less salt but in a way that does not compromise public safety," Brooke Asleson with the MPCA said. "Just by using liquid they can reduce the amount of salt they are using because it's in a liquid form and it's ready to start working as soon as it hits the pavement they can reduce there use by about sixty percent."

The MCPA says communities like Waconia are using less salt by using more liquid salt, it has additional upfront costs but long-term savings both financially and environmentally.


Joe Mazan

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