Winter Recipe for a Low Salt Diet (It's For Our Rivers!)
With Winter Storm Draco warnings threatening to end Milwaukee's streak of 288 days without significant snowfall, we thought it was important to share some winter weather tips to help protect our rivers. Road salts may help clear our roads and make driving easier during the winter months, but that salty runoff can raise chloride levels in our rivers, creating a toxic environment for aquatic life.
We know that we have to clear our driveways and sidewalks of ice and snow for safety, but you can choose the right products and use them correctly to help protect our water resouces. Luckily, UW-Extension has released some simple tips to help you with that task this winter (adapted from "Snow, Road Salt, and the Chesapeke Bay" by Tom Schueler, Center for Watershed Protection):
- Shovel Early, Shovel Often
- Check the Label
- Apply Salt Early, but Sparingly
- Stick to Sand or Bird Seed
- Avoid Products That Contain Urea
- Avoid Salt Sensitive Plants
Check out the attachment to print out a poster version of the tips for yourself and to read about different de-icing ingredients you should be aware of.
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