Road Crews on Spreading Salt: ‘It’s Definitely a Balancing Act’
Snowplow operators say they are cautious when spreading salt over the winter.
“It’s definitely a balancing act,” said Abbie Browen with Plymouth Public Works. “We are making sure we are taking into consideration water quality.”
Browen says the snowplow trucks have GPS that allow crews to track the amount of salt used.
“We have a lot of stormwater ponds and water bodies that in spring when runoff happens, the salt that we put down could end up making its way into those,” said Browen. “So we’re trying to limit the amount of salt.”
The Minnesota Pollution and Control agency also advises shoveling during storms so you use less salt and not using any salt when it’s below 15 degrees because it’s ineffective. You can find more tips here.