City of Fond du Lac – Press Release

Department of Public Works – Construction & Maintenance Division


Date:          January 16, 2023

To:              News Media

From:        Adam Schmitt, Operations Superintendent

Re:              Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week



WI Salt Wise Partnership Educates Public on the Growing Costs of Road Salt Pollution

The Wisconsin Salt Wise Partnership gears up to spotlight the threats that road salt poses to our rivers, lakes and drinking water. All the salt that we apply to pavement ends up in our water, making our freshwater less and less fresh each year. Just a teaspoon of salt permanently pollutes five gallons of water.

Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week

Monday, January 23rd to Friday, January 27th

Daily livestreams 12:30-1pm

Featuring five speakers over five days, daily livestreams will address the environmental toll of deicers, salts in our drinking water, actions the Wisconsin DNR is planning, and how residents can get involved. Online registration:

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

Using more salt than is necessary doesn’t actually make our roads or sidewalks safer. Excess salt does prematurely age infrastructure and damage freshwater resources. Municipalities across the state are dialing in salt use through improved mechanical removal, calibration, and the precision application of deicers. By focusing on first removing as much snow as possible and then right-sizing salt use when necessary, residents and businesses can cut down how much we spend on salt, protect our freshwater lakes and rivers, and keep pavements safe.

The City of Fond du Lac, a member of the Wisconsin Salt Wise Partnership