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Shovel regularly and chip up ice when possible to reduce the need for salt.

 

In the early 2000s, Heinz Stefan, a civil engineering professor at the University of Minnesota’s St. Anthony Falls Laboratory asked a simple question, “What happens to all of the salt we put on roads during the winter?”

By 2008, Stefan and his research team were able to share the unfortunate answer — it ends up in our lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater.

Angie Hong is an educator for East Metro Water, a local government partnership with 25 members - www.mnwcd.org/emwrep. Follow her on TikTok @mnnature_awesomeness or contact her at 952-261-9599 or angie.hong@mnwcd.org.

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