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Put Brainerd Lakes on low-salt diet

Web posted August 20, 2019
For years doctors have told people to stick to a low-salt diet.

According to, Melissa Barrick, Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), District Manager “It only takes one teaspoon of road salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water. 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 SWCD is hosting two day training to help local contractors and operators reduce salt usage: Listen to podcast about the workshops https://www.podcastone.com/brainerd-outdoors Minute 27-37.

• Day one is for side walks and parking lots.
• Day two is for operators who maintain winter streets, roads, and highways.

Topics at the training 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.

When: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 and Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Time: 8:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Baxter City Hall
Address: 13190 Memorywood Dr, Baxter, MN 56425

Workshop Cost: $15 per person per day. Includes a copy of Minnesota Snow and Ice Control Handbooks, refreshments, and lunch. Payment due upon the class.

Deadline for Registration is August 28, 2019. Contact Tasha Lauer via Phone: 218-828-6197 or e-mail: tasha.lauer@crowwingswcd.org

When snow and ice start to accumulate on Brainerd area roads, parking lots and sidewalks, one of the common reactions is to apply salt, which contains chloride, a water pollutant. When snow and ice melt, most of the salt goes with it, washing into our lakes, streams and rivers. Once in the water, there’s no way to remove the chloride, and it becomes a permanent  pollutant (MPCA, Website).

More information on how you can reduce salt visit: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/salt-and-water-quality

Funding for these workshops is provided by MPCA through a grant from US EPA, Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Fund, and the Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District.

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