BLAINE, Minn. – (Nov. 30, 2017) – There has been an increased level of salt in groundwater and lakes, with over 30 percent of wells in the Twin Cities metro area having too much salt in them.
Too much salt in our waters increases the toxicity level and negatively impacts aquatic life. With winter coming, you can help by choosing to use less sidewalk salt. You only need one pound, or about a coffee mug of salt to clear a 20-foot driveway.
Some ways to prevent excessive salt use is to make sure to remove snow early when it’s easy to shovel, shovel often to prevent snow from icing, only use salt on ice, not snow, and sweep up and reuse left-over salt. Clean Water Minnesota has more tips on its website about how to keep salt out of our water this winter.