2018 Road Salt Symposium

February 8, 2018 | Plymouth Creek Center
14800 34th Avenue North, Plymouth MN 55447
8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)
Registration: $135 (see below)

State-of-the-art winter maintenance practices that protect water

Wise use of road salt creates a win-win situation that protects the environment, reduces community expense, and ensures safe roads. Join us to hear about the latest innovations in road salt application and technology, and consider new challenges on the horizon. Participants will leave with:

  • A better understanding of the impacts of road salt use on our water resources and our environment
  • A greater awareness of innovative practices, tools, and equipment to manage ice conditions on roads
  • A chance to weigh in on emerging concerns and trends in salt use and management, including direct liquid application and the increasing frequency of freezing rain events
  • Actionable steps to take to reduce salt use in your own organization or community

Who should attend: road salt applicators, municipal managers and staff, researchers, educators, local decision-makers, water resource managers, agency staff, concerned citizens, and others interested in the wise use of road salt to ensure protection of our water resources and communities.

Visit the 2017 Road Salt Symposium page for a review of last year's event.


2018 Road Salt Symposium - Registration

  • $0.00

Model Snow and
Ice Policy

A Model Snow and Ice Management Policy Advisory Committee was convened in the summer of 2016 in response to an extraordinary interest in risk management expressed by attendees of the February 2016 Road Salt Symposium.

The framework offers a tool for cities and counties to prepare clear and complete snow and ice management policies and to help them limit the potential liability risk from these activities. Snow and ice management requires balancing public interests including public safety, equipment and material cost, environmental impact, and other concerns. The law governing public operations largely protects cities and counties from liability, in recognition of the fact that these local units must exercise judgment based on expertise, experience, and the circumstances of the occasion. The law says, however, that to merit this protection, a city or county must be able to show that competing public concerns are in play, that these concerns have been weighed, and that judgment was used in making both policy and operational decisions. The Model Policy is a tool for cities and counties to establish this foundation for their snow and ice management policies and practices.

Cities, counties, and other users of this Model Policy are encouraged to adapt and modify the Policy as appropriate to local circumstances with guidance from their respective attorneys.

Draft guidance doc

Draft contract

Draft policy and cover letter

Thanks to the following organizations that supported development of this policy: