What You Can Do

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Start at Home

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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.

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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.

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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

Use these flyers to educate your neighbors about their home salt use.

Use these flyers to inform local businesses about the impact salt use in parking lots can have on water quality!

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!

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Learning Resources

  • Road Salt and Stream Health – A brief history of road salt, some stats on how much we use, how salt melts ice, and why salt hurts stream life.

  • Road Salt: Way Too Much of a Good Thing – A longer read about road salt fact and fiction, and what some regions are doing to address the problem.

  • Alternatives to Road Salts for Safe Winter Driving – One of our most popular blog posts ever! Next time someone asks you, "But what can we use instead of salt?", you'll be equipped with the answer.

  • 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.