Hire a certified applicator

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If you hire contractors for snow removal on your property, choose one certified by the MPCA as a Smart Salting applicator.

Many local lakes and streams have elevated levels of chloride, a common ingredient in road salt. In some cases, the chloride contamination is high enough affect fish and other aquatic life. Salt used on roads, parking lots, and sidewalks is a primary source of this chloride. In order to be Smart-Salting certified, contractors must

  • Attend voluntary training on how to minimize the effects of de-icing materials on the environment, while effectively clearing snow and ice from pavements and maintaining safe surfaces
  • Pass a test on the subject
  • Agree to use what they've learned to reduce chloride effects

Find certified winter maintenance professionals available to hire by sorting on "Type" in our list and looking for "Private" or "Private contractor."