2018 Road Salt Symposium Agenda

8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

Registration/Continental Breakfast
Coffee/tea/water; light breakfast

Welcome and Introductions
Leslie Yetka, Program Director, Freshwater Society
Connie Fortin, President, Fortin Consulting

Mayor’s Welcome
Paul Soglin, Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin
Chronic high chloride levels in water resources. How is Madison addressing this situation both short and long term?

Presentation – Salting our Freshwater Lakes
Hilary Dugan Ph.D. Limnologist, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research update on lake salinization, including long-term chloride trends in over 500 lakes in North America and Europe. Many urban lakes in North America have undergone considerable salinization stemming from road salt application. What are the short and long-term impacts? Can we reverse course? Is it too late?

Innovations in Application – Reducing Chloride Use
Winter Plowing and Deicing:  Saving Money, Salt and Labor by Distinguishing Best Practices From Urban Legends
Stephen Druschel, Minnesota State, Mankato

Plow Blades and other Optimizations for Reducing Salt Use
Dr. William Schneider, Associate Professor, University of Ohio, Akron

Keeping the Weather on Your Side:  Making Sense of Available Weather Data
Mike Adams, Meteorologist, Wisconsin DOT

Environmental Leadership Awards
Recognizing innovation and advancement in chloride reduction and best practices


Emerging Issues in Application – Where Are We Headed?
Recent Advances in Understanding the Performance of Liquid Deicers
Scott Koefod, Cargill

Reusing Water Softener Discharge for Winter Maintenance
Mike Gresch, Madison, Wisconsin

Interactive session on emerging issues
Connie Fortin, Fortin Consulting and Leslie Yetka, Freshwater Society

Local Chloride Initiatives
MPCA Statewide Updates
Brooke Asleson and Rachel Olmanson, MPCA

Wrap Up and Closing Remarks