There are simple things every person can do to help keep our local waters healthy.
Because it’s the season of ice and snow, we have two practices for you to take on this winter:
Use less salt
One teaspoon of salt can permanently pollute five gallons of water! If you choose to use salt on your sidewalk or driveway safe, here’s how to do it responsibly.
- Shovel first.
- If icy spots remain in walking areas, use a small amount of sand or salt. A 12-ounce coffee cup of salt is enough to cover 10 sidewalk squares or a 20-foot driveway. *
- Sweep up leftover salt, sand, and de-icer to save and reuse as necessary.
Clean up pet waste
Frozen pet waste eventually thaws and runs off residential yards, carried by snow melt and rain. It then enters our stormdrains and winds up in local waterbodies unfiltered. Yuck!
- Keep up with yard cleaning, even in these cold months. If the forecast calls for snow, clean up as much pet waste as possible before it becomes covered.
- Keep your community clean by picking up your pet’s waste when you are on walks.
- If you don’t have a dog, consider helping out an elderly neighbor with the waste in their yard.
*For more tips and stories of residents in your community working for clean water, visit www.cleanwatermn.org.