Remove Snow and Ice - Environmentally Friendly

Did you know that one teaspoon of rock salt is enough to pollute 5 gallons of water? Chemical deicers can be hazardous to plants, animals, the water supply and the environment as a whole. Once salt is introduced into our lakes and wetlands, it’s stuck in that water as it moves along to larger rivers and lakes. In addition to posing threats to water quality, salt causes damage to concrete and asphalt, potentially causing it to heave or crack.
The Village’s snow and ice removal policy includes only salting intersections, main roads and hills. Salt brine is used which can be spread more evenly, activates faster and with less traffic, and conserves the amount of salt needed. In temperatures below 17°F beet juice is used as salt is no longer affective, and calcium chloride is only used when temps stay below -10°F.
This winter, join us in keeping our surfaces safe and our waters clean by using the following practices: 
 
  1. Limit the use of salt on sidewalks and driveways – remove snow and ice as much as possible by shoveling and scraping BEFORE using salt. Shoveling early and often will alleviate compaction and ice build-up before it starts.
  2. Use environmentally friendly ice melt products that combine corrosion inhibitors like Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) or Ice-Ban with salt to make it gentler yet still effective. Always follow instructions on the package for application rates, using too much can actually reduce the effectiveness.
  3. Don’t apply dry salt to dry pavement and sweep up any extra salt when no longer needed. Cleaning up surfaces prevents the salt from traveling with melt water into the street, our storm water system, the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan. Try making a homemade brine by mixing salt and hot water:Brine

Resources: 
 http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/stormwater/learn_more_pollution_prevent.html 
 http://www.sustainableamerica.org/blog/6-eco-friendly-snow-removal-deas/ 
http://vlawmo.org/news/blog/ready-winter-free-salt-measuring-cups/