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Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week: Recognizing the importance of salt usage

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Salting roads(CBS 3 Duluth)
Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 4:58 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - SUPERIOR, WI-- “The more the merrier” isn’t the case when talking about salt on the roadways.

As it is known to be a great form of deicer, it ends up in our freshwater.

This week marks Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week which aims to educate citizens on the issue of salt pollution.

Wisconsin DNR says it’s important that Wisconsinites understand the toll that salt takes on our infrastructure and freshwater.

Salt prematurely ages infrastructure, like roads and bridges, and degrades freshwater lakes and streams.

Superior is working this winter to implement the following smart salting practices: calibrating equipment, incorporating the use of salt brine, annual trainings, switching from salt to sand for traction and avoiding the over-application of salt.

Speakers such as Bailey Wilmoth (University of Toledo), Katie Cassidy (University of Minnesota – Duluth), Ken Bradbury (WI Geological and Natural History Survey) and more, will host a week-long webinar event via YouTube from 12:30-1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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