Reducing Use of Deicing Salt for Winter Maintenance Professionals

Winter maintenance professionals follow similar guidelines for salting as do individuals and small businesses but on a larger scale.

Videos

Why It Makes Sense for Communities to Reduce Salt Use

There are numerous reasons why it makes sense for communities to reduce use of road salt. This video shares the experience of the City of South Burlington, Vermont, which has been able to reduce salt use and save money through salt tracking and equipment calibration.


Calculators

Deicing Product Application Calculator

New Hampshire's Green SnowPro program is a limited liability program in which commercial businesses can participate to reduce use of salt and ensure surfaces are safe during winter storms. This program provides guidance on the amount of deicing products to use and actions to take to maintain parking lots and roads under varied winter conditions. We worked with a programmer to translate their guidance into an online calculator. You might consider saving this as a bookmark on your smartphone (as if it were an app) for easy access. Here are directions to do this using an iPhone, and using an Android.

Deicing Product Application Calculator (NH Green SnowPro)


Trainings

Lake Champlain Sea Grant has sponsored or co-hosted a number of workshops and conferences to educate professionals about low salt best practices that allow our roads, parking lots, and driveways to remain safe, while at the same time reducing use of salt to benefit the environment, protect infrastructure, and save money. We have hosted or co-hosted workshops for private and municipal employees since 2017. Access agendas and presentations from past workshops and conferences below.

Winter Maintenance Training for Parking Lots and Sidewalks - October 25, 2021

2021 Adirondack-Champlain Salt Summit - October 14, 2021

Road Salt Education Workshop, South Burlington, VT - October 24, 2019

Presentations

Adirondack Champlain Regional Salt Summit, Lake Placid, NY - October 3, 2019

Presentations

  • Setting the Stage for Today - Brendan Wiltse, AuSable River Association
  • Lake George Salt Reduction Successes - Dan Stec, NYS Assembly, District 114; Eric Siy, the FUND for Lake George; Raqib Omer, Viaseys; Rob Vopleus, Town of Lake George Highway Dept; Matt Coffin, Town of Hague Highway Dept; Steve Johnson, Warren County DPW
  • How Changing Weather Patterns Are Impacting Winter Maintenance Approaches - Frank Lombardo, President/CEO, WeatherWorks
  • Adirondack Park-wide Pilot and Pledge Recognition - Brittany Christenson, AdkAction

Lake Champlain Watershed Deicing Conference, Burlington, VT - October 10, 2018

Presentations

Lake Champlain Watershed Deicing Conference, Burlington, VT - September 29, 2017


Salt Smart Certified Professionals

In October 2021, Lake Champlain Sea Grant hosted Fortin Consulting to provide the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Winter Maintenance Training for Parking Lots and Sidewalks. The following individuals successfully completed the training and an exam and became Smart Salt Certified Winter Maintenance Professionals:

  • Robert Cary, S&D Snowblowing, Essex, Vermont
  • Adam Cate, City of South Burlington, Vermont
  • Nicholas DeGraff, S&D Snowblowing, Essex, Vermont
  • Christine Dougherty, Town of Williston, Vermont
  • Keith Dunbar, S&D Snowblowing, Essex, Vermont
  • David Lenz, Middlesex Ice Control, Middletown, Connecticut
  • Dan Roberge, Town of Essex, Vermont
  • Lisa Schaeffler, Town of Williston, Vermont
  • Aaron Smith, S&D Snowblowing, Essex, Vermont