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Class to cover winter salt use best practices

One teaspoon of road salt permanently pollutes five gallons of water, according to Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Melissa Barrick. Submitted photo

When snow and ice start to accumulate on Brainerd lakes area roads, parking lots and sidewalks, salt is often applied, which contains chloride, a water pollutant.

When snow and ice melt, most of the salt washes into the lakes, streams and rivers, and it becomes a permanent pollutant, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

"It only takes one teaspoon of road salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water," Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Melissa Barrick stated in a news release.

"We are trying to spread the word that less is more when it comes to applying road salt because at high concentrations, chloride can harm the fish and plant life in our waters."

The district will offer training for those who maintain winter streets, roads and highways on options to reduce salt usage. Topics will include: application rate for salt, proper chemical application, best management practices for road salt, legality and additional resources.

Operators can become certified for MPCA Level 1 Snow and Ice Control. Parking lot and sidewalk winter maintenance operators are welcomed to attend.

The training will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the Crow Wing County Highway Department, 16589 Crow Wing County Road 142, Brainerd.

The cost is $15 per person and includes a copy of the Minnesota Snow and Ice Control Handbook, refreshments and lunch. Payment is due upon the class.

For more information, call 218-828-6197 or email