What You Can Do

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Start at Home


Salt is really powerful when it comes to preventing ice from forming – all you need for a 20-foot driveway is ONE mugful (12 oz) of road salt.


You do not have to feel "the crunch" for salt to do its job. Salt lowers the freezing temperature of water so snow and ice can be more easily removed. Putting more salt on a surface does not make snow and ice melt faster or eliminate the need for plowing or shoveling.


Watch out for deicers labeled as "eco-friendly" or "pet-friendly"! Read the package more closely: If there is chloride in the product (sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, etc.), it is still a salt!

Get the Word Out

Write a Letter to the Editor

Start with our template and adapt it for educating YOUR community about the need to reduce salt use!

Hand Out Flyers

Salt Watch Advocacy Guide

Use this guide to start a Salt Watch advocacy campaign in your community!

Curb Salt Use In Your Community

Call Local Government

Call your city or county Department of Environmental Protection to report high chloride levels or large salt piles (either piles spilled on the road or uncovered stockpiles). Call your Department of Transportation to ask them to apply less salt on the roads.

Share Best Practices

Property managers, community leaders, and state agencies might not know where to start in curbing salt use in your area. Share the Road Salt Best Practices compiled from our partners already working to reduce salt use in their regions.

Write a Letter to Your State Legislator or City Council

Write to your representatives at the state and local level in support of salt reduction and smarter salt use in your community. You can start with our sample letters – but feel free to personalize them to your own perspective!

Study Up On Salt

Subscribe to Our Clean Water Newsletter

We'll send you updates every other month on ways you can take action for better water quality in your community.

Donate to the Clean Water Program

Your generous gift will fund Salt Watch kits for new volunteers all over the country and help us work towards road salt reduction strategies nationwide.

Donate Now

Resources for Chapters

The goal of the Salt Watch Chapter Toolkit is to provide Izaak Walton League members with the information and resources necessary to help engage their chapters and their communities in Salt Watch.

Download the Toolkit

Paint the Plow is a community outreach program that encourages groups to work with their local Department of Transportation (DoT) to paint a snowplow blade with original artwork centered around smart road salting practices.

How to Run a Successful Paint the Plow Event

Learning Resources

  • Salt in the Water: Action on the Ground – In this webinar, Dr. John Jackson of the Stroud Water Research Center and Kevin Roth of Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust explain how excessive salt affects stream life and how one local community group is raising awareness and changing behavior.

  • Salt Watch Kickoff: Engaging Youths and Mobilizing Adults – The official start of Salt Watch Season 6 brought together panelists to discuss ways they have used the Salt Watch Program to spread the word about road salt pollution, engaging young people in and out of the classroom and advocating for change among adults and local governments. Learn why road salt is a problem for our streams and drinking water and what you can do to help!

  • Potential Corrosivity in U.S. Rivers and Links to Elevated Lead in Drinking Water – Before Salt Watch even got started, we were talking about how road salt can damage pipes and cause toxic metals to be released into drinking water. Learn more about the connection in this webinar.

  • Wisconsin Salt Wise – Want to know even more about salt? Our coalition partner has tons of information for individuals and professionals.

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