Did you know it only takes one teaspoon of road salt to permanently pollute 5 gallons of water? Once in the water, there is no way to remove the chloride from road salt, and at high concentrations, chloride can harm fish, aquatic plant life, groundwater and drinking water supplies.
Conservation Minnesota is working again this year to pass a bill to protect Minnesota lakes from over-salting by providing liability relief to certified salt applicators. Salt applicators are often pressured to apply more product than necessary due to liability concerns. If passed, this legislation would provide liability exemption for salt applicators who have completed certified training through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, ultimately preventing unnecessary chloride from impairing our waterways.