Smart Salting for Roads - Level 1 Training (City of Ramsey)

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Learn practical winter maintenance while saving money and time and minimizing impacts on the environment!

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This training has moved online to a live webinar format. RSVP or email for webinar link.

This training will help you learn how to integrate science with practical winter maintenance while minimizing impacts on the environment through presentations and class exercises. The practices taught will help you save money, time, and the environment. Attendees will be given a manual to keep.

Training Topics

  • Application rates of materials
  • How to calibrate equipment
  • Weather conditions
  • Storing materials
  • New maintenance methods
  • De-icing and anti-icing
  • Environmental effects

….and more

Who should participate?

  • State, city, and county road maintenance staff
  • Contractors or private maintenance companies
  • Staff or volunteers who manage snow and ice at a facility
  • Distributors of anti-icing/de-icing products
  • Anyone who hires contractors

Why is it important? This training will help:

  • Save you money
  • Keep our parking lots and sidewalks safe
  • Protect our water
  • Get you certified!

Get certified! An optional test is offered at the end of the training to earn a certification from the MPCA.

The salt applied to parking lots, sidewalks, and roads each year can have detrimental impacts to local waterways, plants, and wildlife. When snow and ice melts, salt runs into lakes and rivers, polluting water and harming aquatic life. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) estimates that 365,000 tons of road salt are used annually in the Twin Cities, and a single teaspoon of this salt can permanently pollute five gallons of water. At the same time, salt application is an important part of keeping Minnesotans safe in the winter, and correct application of de-icers and anti-icers can make the difference between a treacherous path and a safe walkway.

Questions? Contact Emily Johnson (, 763-434-2030 x17)

Funding for this training is provided by MPCA through a grant from US EPA, Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Fund. The course and materials were originally developed for the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization by Fortin Consulting, Inc. Content was created and reviewed through extensive collaboration with local experts.

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