As we move from fall rains to winter snow and ice, there are still practices
everyone can do to prevent excessive stormwater runoff. Salt and other
deicing chemicals are two of the most widely used agents during snow and
ice seasons. Sodium Chloride and rock salt are the most common de-icing
products, but Calcium Chloride has more benefits. Calcium Chloride
does not have the chemical additives that rock salt has; it is less harmful to
vegetation, and only one-third as much is needed. It also works well at low
temperatures (25 degrees F).

Here are a few tips that everyone should practice.

• Buy the right blend. By having a product that best suits your climate
and average low temperatures you will use less of it.
• Keep walkways shoveled in the first place as snow quickly becomes ice
when walked on.
• Pre-treat walkways before a storm hits. You will use less deicer in
the end.
• Mix salt with sand. You will use less to melt ice and gain traction
provided by the sand.
• Store ice-melt in air tight containers to maintain maximum effectiveness.
If you must use de-icing chemicals, follow these suggestions:
• Control application of chemical deicers, a little goes a long way, avoid
applying to much.
• Limit chemical applications near environmental sensitive areas, such as
drinking water cells.
• Sand can be used as a substitute to salt to assist with traction on

Consider using salt substitutes that are less harmful to the environment
and to concrete walkways, including Calcium Chloride and Calcium
Magnesium Acetate

There you have it. Some easy practices everyone can do to help reduce
stormwater run-off. Please remember what goes down the storm drain
ends up in our drinking glass.
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