• Shelby Roberts

Scott SWCD Winter Programming

As the temperatures start to drop, the sound of snowplows aren't that far behind; which means it's time for the Scott SWCD's winter programming announcements!


MINI WEBINAR ALERT


The Scott SWCD and the Scott Watershed Management Organization (SWMO) are partnering together to host a mini Homeowner Winter Management webinar on the topic of chloride pollution. This event is perfect for homeowners, winter maintenance employees, small business owners, or anyone hoping to reduce their salt use this winter.



The event will be held via zoom on December 15th, from 6:00 - 6:45 PM.


At our upcoming webinar, we will:

  • Explain the environmental impacts that salt and chloride have on our environment

  • Discuss proper salt usage and its impact on water quality

  • Detail the components of common deicers and their limitations

  • Brainstorm new strategies attendees can do at home and at work to save money and protect the environment

For additional questions, call the Scott SWCD Education Specialist, Shelby Roberts at 952-492-5448. Pre-registration is required for webinar attendance.

Pick up your own FREE Salt Reduction kit!

The Scott SWCD and Scott Watershed Management Organization (SWMO) have partnered with funds from the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment to put together FREE winter smart salting kits for homeowners. The kits contain informational material to help you minimize your salt use while maximizing its effectiveness this season and some winter-themed goodies!


Kits can be picked up at the Scott SWCD Office, Scott County Government Center, the Spring Lake Town Hall, the City of Savage Government Center, the Credit River City Hall, and the Prior Lake Spring Lake Watershed District office.


Chloride Reduction Grants Available!


Funds are available for Scott County organizations and private winter maintenance contractors to upgrade and purchase salt-reducing de-icing equipment.

Equipment includes things like salting shields, liquid-based salt tanks and sprayers, high precision applicators. Equipment purchased must reduce an organization's current salt use by at least 30%. Grant funds can also be used to cover the general cost of switching from granular salt application to brine application.



MPCA SMART Salting Trainings


The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District are hosting an interactive webinar on Parking Lot & Sidewalk Winter Maintenance on November 9 from 9:00AM - 2:30PM

Learn how to integrate minimal environmental impacts with practical, safe, and efficient winter maintenance practices on parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks. This webinar is perfect for winter maintenance staff, private contractors, and anyone looking to reduce their salt use this winter.


To register for this event, visit https://www.ninemilecreek.org/whats-happening/upcoming-events/smart-salting-parking-lot-sidewalk/ and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

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