To help business owners, property managers, snow contractors, and municipalities minimize their use of winter salt while keeping the public safe, the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is hosting a series of free live streamed Smart Salting-Level 1 workshops online. These workshops will provide the necessary training that will help decision makers learn how to save money by using less materials while still operating more efficiently, protecting water resources, and be more conscientious of the environment.
Participants will learn the proper way of storing materials and equipment, understanding correct de-icing and anti-icing methods, gauging weather conditions, and understanding proper application rates of materials. Additional topics include understanding infrastructures and the effect of salt usage, while exploring management practices to ensure maintenance crews are using sustainable practices. Participants will receive a free manual to reference back and forth. At the end of the training, an optional certification test is offered to become Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Smart Salting Certified. Certified individuals will be listed on the MPCA website.
These workshops area free and will be streamed live. The Property Managers workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 22nd; the Parking Lots and Sidewalks workshop on Wednesday, July 29th; and the Roads workshop on Wednesday, August 19th. For more information and to register, visit www.StearnsCountySWCD.net/mpcasmartsalting. Directions on how to participate will be emailed after registering.
These workshops are presented by Fortin Consulting and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Funding is provided to the MPCA through a grant from United States Environmental Protection Agency, Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Fund.
For questions or further information, please contact Brittany Lenzmeier with the Stearns County SWCD at 320.251.7800 ext.3 or via email at Brittany.Lenzmeier@mn.nacdnet.net.