Environmental Impact Studies

This collection of articles and studies focuses on the environmental impact of chlorides on the environment.


DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup Newsletter

Congratulations to the National APWA Excellence in Snow & Ice Award Winner The Village of Buffalo Grove! The newsletter details what and how they achieved such an industry prestigious award. “After their annual review, the Village of Buffalo Grove Public Works Department revised their winter maintenance plan for 2014 – 2015 to achieve the highest… Read more »

What is The REAL Cost of Salt Use for Deicing?

This presentation created by Carolyn Dindorf-Fortin Consulting, Inc. for the Road Salt Symposium 2015, details the REAL cost of road salt usage for snow and ice control. The study adds up all the possible secondary costs of salt and the damage it may cause. For every ton of salt applied to city roads, it can cost… Read more »

Salt: Less Is More. Chlorides Workshop- Schaumburg, IL

May 1st the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District or Greater Chicago will be hosting a Chlorides Workshop. They will be discussing best management practices, brine application and brine making. Join other municipalities in taking action to reduce chloride pollution. WHEN: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – 9:00am to 11:30am WHERE: Egan WRP, 550 S. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg,… Read more »

Residential Wells and Chlorides Levels

While some negative impacts of over salting roads, like damaged vegetation, can be seen as soon as Spring arrives, other terrible effects are hidden below the surface. For example, elevated levels of salt in residential wells and water supplies. Even while using the federal standard application rate of ~300lbs per lane mile, the highly saline… Read more »

Preventing Chloride Damage To Your Landscape

Snow and Ice management costs money to keep your patrons, residents and clients properties safe. Aside from the costs associated with ice melt and snow removal there are hidden costs. One potential big expense we see often is vegetation damage from salt, ice melt applications and snow melt runoff. There are procedures you can follow… Read more »

Winter Parking Lot and Sidewalk Maintenance Manual 2010

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Fortin Consulting, Inc., and University of Minnesota, among numerous other contributors have compiled a huge amount of research outlining the most effective ways to maintain parking lots and sidewalks in the winter. Also, the manual shares numerous environmental impact reduction tips AND cost-saving tips. The most impactful parts of the… Read more »

Ice Melters and the Environment

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This study is authored by Scott Koefod, Ph.D. Cargill Deicing Technology, June 22, 2012, Titled “Ice Melters and the Environment”. The topics covered are as follows; Introduction to the basics of environmental impact, Overview of the environmental effects of the common deicers and additives, Strategies to minimize environmental impact, New developments in deicer research. This was… Read more »