Yep! It’s Here Again!
Winter brings slippery streets,parking lots and sidewalks. Follow these tips to maintain safe surfaces while reducing the use of road salt that can damage our lake as well as environment. Excess road salt damages local surface waters as well as groundwater, vegetation, and infrastructure.
Most ice is formed by the pressure of foot and vehicle traffic – so shovel early and often! Clear the snow before applying any kind of salt/deicer. Deicers are substances that melt ice or prevent its formation. Road salt (sodium chloride) is the most common choice, but it doesn’t work well below about 15°F, no matter how much of the product is used. Use just one pound of road salt per 250 sq. ft. of pavement. One pound fills a typical coffee cup. Overuse doesn’t improve effectiveness.
Salt should be scattered across the surface, with about three inches between granules. If leftover salt crystals are still visible after salt has been applied, then you’ve used too much. Sweep up the leftover salt and re-use it, or dispose of it in the trash. Remember all salt applied in the winter will wash into our lake during the spring rains. Switch to other deicing agents on very cold days, or apply a little sand in place of salt. Sweep it up later to reuse throughout the season.
Remember shoveling is the most effective way to prevent ice buildup. Minimize the use of road salt by paying attention to temperature and weather conditions to ensure you’re using the right substances and methods to manage snow and ice. As always, Love the Lake and Be Lake Responsible.