Road Salt Symposium 2019


18th Annual Road Salt Symposium


February 7, 2019 |  8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
(registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

Plymouth Creek Center
14800 34th Avenue North, Plymouth MN 55447

Make plans to attend the annual Road Salt Symposium, to explore current research and innovative best practices for use of road salt that ensures protection of our natural resources and our communities. Come away with actionable steps you can take to manage and reduce chloride use in your own community.

Highlights of this year's event include these topics:

  • Bringing road salt issues our of your garage and into your home
  • Links between chloride and phosphorus in stormwater ponds
  • New Hampshire's battle: highway expansion vs. chloride impairment
  • Shining light on the private sector of winter maintenance
  • Tools for application, management, cost savings, and other opportunities
  • Big picture highlights from the International Research Board
  • Local picture updates from the MPCA




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Draft guidance doc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: