City of Fond du Lac – Press Release

Department of Public Works – Construction & Maintenance Division

 

Date:             December 21, 2022

To:                 News Media

From:           Adam Schmitt, Operations Superintendent

Re:                  Winter Salting Practices & Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week Notice

 

THE CITY OF FOND DU LAC WILL BE JOINING OTHER MUNICIPALITIES IN PARTICIPATING IN WISCONSIN SALT AWARENESS WEEK AND CONTINUING TO EXECUTE SMART SALTING PRACTICES.

Salt is a pollutant that degrades infrastructure, soils, our freshwater, and is costly.

All the salt that we apply to roads and sidewalks ends up in our freshwater. Salt can be an effective deicer, but more is not always better. Salt prematurely ages roads and bridges and degrades freshwater lakes and streams. The City of Fond du Lac is working this winter to implement the following smart salting practices: Calibrating Winter Equipment, Incorporating Liquids such as Salt Brine, and Providing Operator Training to avoid the over application of salt.

Not only does smart salting protect our infrastructure and environment, it also is fiscally responsible!

Like the City of Fond du Lac, dozens of Wisconsin municipalities are striving to improve the winter maintenance programs and slow down the salting of our lakes, streams, and drinking water. Many citizens, however, are not aware of the issue. It’s for this reason that the Wisconsin Salt Wise Partnership, a coalition of organizations across the state working together to reduce salt pollution in our lakes, streams and drinking water, is hosting “Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week” from Monday, January 23rd Friday, January 27th.

Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week aims to educate citizens on the issue of salt pollution: how salt impacts freshwater ecosystems, the role of water softening, ideas for teaching kids about salt pollution, and other ways to get involved. Speakers will stream live over YouTube from 12:30-1PM Monday through Friday to share their knowledge and field questions.

Speakers include Sujay Kaushal (University of Maryland), Charlie Paradis (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee), Allison Couture (UW Health), Shannon Haydin (Wisconsin DNR), and Allison Madison (WI Salt Wise). To tune in starting Monday, January 23rd at 12:30PM, check out the WI Salt Wise YouTube channel or register at www.wisaltwise.com.