Mindful winter snow maintenance alert! With the winter weather comes the need for winter snow maintenance, and while salt is an important component of keeping roads and walkways safe, it also has some major drawbacks for our water quality. Road salt can contaminate drinking water, harm aquatic wildlife, and corrode road infrastructure.
At home, individuals can focus on reducing their contribution to excess salt by shoveling or even sweeping away snow before it turns into ice, and scattering salt so there is more space between grains. Additionally, because salt becomes less and less effective at de-icing below 15-degree temperatures, switching to salt alternatives or adding sand for traction may be more impactful options.