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'Low Salt, No Salt Minnesota' targets private contractors to cut chloride pollution


February 2, 2023

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Power brooms and brushes, such as this one at the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus in 2017, clear snow before it melts and are one tool to reduce the use of road salt.

Minnesota has struggled to kick the habit of over-salting winter sidewalks and roads.

Yes, the ice is dangerous for drivers and pedestrians - but so is the chloride in the runoff that poisons Minnesota's lakes, streams and rivers, particularly in the Twin Cities. State agencies such as the Department of Transportation and many cities and other public entities have gotten the message and are finding ways to cut salt use, water resource professionals working on the problem say.

But most property managers and snow removal companies have not.


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