The MPCA, in collaboration with several partners, has drafted the State Chloride Management Plan to help local government units, winter maintenance professionals, decision-makers, and others take action to protect Minnesota’s water resources from chloride pollution. The state has a growing salty water problem that threatens its freshwater fish and other aquatic species.
In addition to protecting water resources, reducing salt use will also lead to long-term cost savings in salt purchases and prevent harm to vegetation and corrosion of infrastructure and vehicles.
You may use the plan to:
- Better understand the sources of chloride. In Minnesota, the three main sources are road salt runoff; water softener brine that passes through in wastewater; and fertilizer, manure and dust suppressants.
- See the trends in chloride pollution statewide.
- Determine goals for local reductions in salt use.
- Detect and prioritize critical areas for reducing salt use.
- Research strategies to reach local goals.
- Implement and measure those goals.
- Learn what tools and resources the MPCA has for reducing salt use.
The MPCA is presenting the draft plan for comment this spring and summer before the official public notice later this year.
Upcoming meetings to learn more:
- Twin Cities: Thursday, May 30, 8:30 a.m.-noon, at the Dakota Lodge, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul, MN 55118. Registration is open online at EventBrite. Smart Salting Level 2 Training: lunch at 12:30 p.m. with training starting at 1 p.m. Register at EventBrite.
- Duluth: Wednesday, June 12, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Griggs Center, Kirby Student Center, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth, MN 55812-3085. Register at EventBrite. Smart Salting Level 2 Training: lunch at 12:30 p.m. with training starting at 1 p.m. Register at EventBrite.
- St. Cloud/Alexandria: Wednesday, June 19, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Douglas County Public Works Department, 526 Willow Drive, Alexandria, MN 56308. Register at EventBrite. Smart Salting Level 2 Training: lunch at 12:30 p.m. with training starting at 1 p.m. Register at EventBrite.
How to provide input
Please review the draft Statewide Chloride Management Plan and Smart Salting Assessment Tool, and provide feedback on how to improve them. Use the Excel spreadsheet template below to submit comments. Please send any comments by June 30.
- File Draft Chloride Management Plan (wq-iw11-06ff)
- Summary: Statewide Chloride Management Plan (wq-s1-94a)
- Comment form: Statewide Chloride Management Plan (wq-s1-94b) Email to Eric Alms.
- Smart Salting Assessment Tool (SSAt)
- Eric Alms (651-757-2589)