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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 

Cut back on de-icer to protect Minnesota waters

 

January 18, 2019

Too much salt isn't just bad for our physical health, it's also a big problem for our environment. As we strive to keep sidewalks and driveways safe from slips and falls, we also need to think of our drinking water and fish populations.

With the wintry mix the Northland serves up, using salt or other chemical de-icers is the norm. But when the snow melts, de-icing salt containing chloride runs into storm drains and into rivers, groundwater and, of course, Lake Superior.

"Every bit of salt we put down on our sidewalks ends up in our water, one way or another," said Lucie Amundsen, Minnesota...



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