Annual Road Salt Symposium

15th Annual Road Salt Symposium

February 4, 2016

University of MN Landscape Arboretum

Chaska, MN

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Symposium Highlights:

Minnesota’s Changing Climate:  How will it impact winter maintenance?
    Mark Seeley, PhD,  State Climatologist, University of MN

After the Great Flush:  How the City of Madison, WI, is dealing with chloride in the city
water systems

Kathy Lake, P.E., Environmental Specialist, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Answers to your Liability Questions
Louis Smith, Smith Partners, PLLP

A Look in Iowa’s Salt Management Toolbox
    Tina Greenfield, Iowa DOT RWIS Coordinator

Panel Discussion:  Transportation professionals who championed efforts to reduce salt use in MN

Debut of the MPCA’s new Winter Maintenance Tool–   learn how to use it and the advantages it will bring to your department

2016 Environmental Leadership Awardsrecognizing those who work to reduce salt use

And more!

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14th Annual Road Salt Symposium  

 February 5, 2015

  U of MN Landscape Arboretum

The 14th Annual Road Salt Symposium brought more than 200 people together to learn about the impacts of road salt to our water and innovative methods to reduce chloride pollution– while maintaining safe roads. Environmental Leadership Awards were presented to City of Mankato, City of North Mankato, MN DOT Dist. 7, Joe’s Lawn and Snow, Veterans’ Administration Minneapolis Campus, and MN DOT’s Office of Maintenance and Office of Environmental Stewardship.

Twin Cities Metro Area Chloride Project– Brooke Asleson, MN Pollution Control Agency

Brooke Asleson

Brooke Asleson



Dr. Stephen Druschel

Optical Road Salt Sensor– Marta Ruiz-Llata, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

The Real Cost of Salt Use for Winter– Carolyn Dindorf, Fortin Consulting

Evaluation of Winter Maintenance Efforts– Dr. Stephen Druschel, MN State University

Salt Slurry Technique– Steve Lueken, MNDOT

Increasing Public Awareness while Decreasing Salt-Kirk Pennington, City of Ann Arbor

Road Salt and Water- An EPA Perspective– Robert Newport, Environmental Protection Agency, Chicago, IL

Environmental Leadership Awards: These awards are presented to organizations and individuals in recognition of exemplary work, innovative solutions and collaborative efforts to reduce impacts of winter maintenance on our freshwater resources. Click on photos to view award information.

Mankato Colaboration

Collaboration Award: Randy Glaser, MN DOT Dist. 7, Joe Grabianowski, City of Mankato, and Brad Swanson, City of North Mankato

Joe's Snow and Ice

Joe’s Lawn and Snow: Joe Mather

VA Mpls

Veterans’ Administration, Mpls. Campus: Jason Brainard and Scott Mattson


MN DOT Offices of Maintenance and Environmental Stewardship: Joe Huneke, Kathy Schaefer and Tara Carson



Thank you to the Sponsors of the 14th Annual Road Salt Symposium:

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13th Annual Road Salt Symposium

 February 6, 2014

The 13th Annual Road Salt Symposium featured current research on the state of chloride in Minnesota’s ground and surface waters, innovative programs and new methods to maintain safe roads while repairing our waters and sustaining our resources!  Environmental Leadership Awards were presented to individuals and organizations demonstrating exemplary practices to reduce chloride pollution or developing alternatives to road salt.  Click here for speaker biographies.  Click on the title of each presentation to view as a pdf.
Steve Lund

Steve Lund

Keynote: The Future of Winter Maintenance

Joe Wiita

Joe Wiita

Steve Lund, Director of the Office of Maintenance, MnDOT
Joe Wiita, Director of Operations, Scott County                                                 

MN Chloride and Groundwater
Sharon Kroening, MPCA

New Hampshire’s Winter Maintenance Legislation
Eric Williams
, NH Dept of Environmental Services

Past the Salt  Serving up a variety of methods for better water quality 
Scott Walz, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

Virginia’s Salt Run-off Recycling Program      
Jimmy White
, Virginia Department of Transportation               

Super-sized Winter Maintenance
Mark Fischbach
,  MnDOT

Update on Twin Cities Metro Area Chloride Projectt

Brooke Asleson


2014 Environmental Leadership Award Recipients:    (click on name to view)

Hennepin County Public Works, Road and Bridge Division

Anoka County Highway Department, Collaboration and Communication Team

Norwood Young America

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

City of St. Paul Street Maintenance

Rice Creek Watershed: Six Cities Chloride Reduction Project

Dr. Scott Koefod – Principal Scientist, Cargill Deicing




12th Annual Road Salt Symposium

The 2013 symposium brought together experts in the winter maintenance industry, environmental groups, cities, counties and state transportation departments to learn about the current state of chloride in Minnesota’s waters and how we all can change our behavior and incorporate best management practices into our winter maintenance to help reduce impacts on our waters.

Featured presentations:

Keynote: Future of MN Waters Doug Wetzstein, MPCA

TCMA Chloride Project: Management Plan Development Overview  Brooke Asleson, Project Manager, MPCA

TCMA Chloride Project: Preliminary Data Results Jeremy Walgrave, P.E., LimnoTech

Slower Speeds Save Salt- Michigan Study Tim Croze, Michigan Department of Transportation

Snow Fence Calculator Gary Wyatt, University of Minnesota Extension, Mankato

Effectiveness of Deicers and Anti-icers Stephen J. Druschel, PhD, PE Assistant Professor, Minnesota State Mankato

TCMA Chloride Project: Implementation Strategies Overview Brooke Asleson, MPCA

Winter Maintenance Assessment Tool Development Connie Fortin , President, Fortin Consulting

2013 Environmental Leadership Awards were presented to:

  Bloomington Schools                                                                   City of Waconia

Bloomington SchoolsCity of Waconia


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Prescription Landscape                                                   MPCA:  The Salt Dilemma Display


11th Annual Road Salt Symposium

Freshwater Society’s 11th Annual Road Salt Symposium brought together almost 200 people on Feb. 2, 2012, to share knowledge about chloride pollution in our waters and to promote solutions for all to minimize chloride’s impacts.  From snowplow drivers to homeowners, speakers provided the best management practices and alternatives for all to do their part to help protect our waters.

The City of Richfield, Donaldson, Co., City of Mahtomedi and Nine Mile Creek Watershed District were awarded Environmental Leadership Awards for their achievements in establishing programs that reduce the use of road salt

Presentations and Symposium Highlights: (click on links to view)

Debut of Homeowner Video:
Improved Winter Maintenance:  Good Choices for Clean Water
Jenny Winkelman, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
Christine Walsh, Director of Operations, City of Beloit, WI
Stephen McCracken, Dupage River Salt Creek Workgroup/The Conservation Foundation
Brook Asleson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Curt Pape, MN DOT
Diane Spector, Wenck Associates, Inc.