During Ontario winters, we are using much more salt than we need to keep our roads, sidewalks and parking lots safe. Road salt contains chloride, and its excessive use can have devastating effects on freshwater species. In fact, when at peak levels such as the winter, some waterways are just as salty as the ocean! Freshwater fish can’t survive in water that’s too salty, and too much chloride in the water kills eggs and larvae of wildlife such as mussels.
The good news is that solutions to balance public safety and environmental health are possible, and they can start with you. Become a #LessSalty advocate for your workplace by sharing our new guide on reducing road salt with your property manager or other decision-makers in your office building.
HOW TO GET STARTED
Download this guide and share it with your facility or property manager to highlight the actions your company can take to reduce road salt on its property, including:
- Get Smart About Salt® trained & certified
- Update contracts to balance safety & environment
- Design properties for winter
- Communicate safety on your property
HOW THIS ACTION WILL CREATE CHANGE
- Help mitigate the effects of road salt on wildlife by reducing the amount that enters our waterways in the first place
- Save on operational costs by avoiding the application of excess road salt
- Showcase your organizational commitment to keeping freshwater environments healthy
- Learn how a few changes to maintenance contracts can make a big difference in preventing the over application of salt