Winter Salts

Treatment for ice and snow is a top priority in keeping our citizens safe and our roads clear for business. But what happens when the ice and snow melt?​ Learn more about the impacts that road salt has on public health, infrastructure, and the environment below:

Learn all that Salt Impacts:
(click the photo below)
What can I do to help?

There​ are many ways that you can directly and indirectly help with salt reduction in Maryland.

On y​our property:

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Do your best to avoid Slips, Trips, and Falls:

  • ​Pay attention to surface conditions when walking.
  • Try to avoid ice at all costs. 
  • Wear proper footwear in winter conditions and take smaller steps.
Practice best winter driving practices

Avoid the roads unless necessary
  • Winter maintenance crews can do their jobs more effectively with less salt usage on roads that have less traffic. 
If you must drive, please view the following video for tips on winter driving.
  • Slow down: four-wheel drive does not equal four wheel stop in snowy or icy conditions. Keep your speed reasonable.
  • Keep greater distances between you and other cars. You may be an expert in wintery conditions, but not everyone
  • For more information watch the video below:Winter Driving.PNG

​What other efforts are happening in Maryland?

Maryland State Highway Administration has had major progress in the past few years. Additionally, Maryland counties have taken on the task of reducing salt inputs as well. Click the photo below for more information about these programs.


Additional Resources

Minnesota Salt Application Training & Resources

Developed in Minnesota, this training program will help applicators and their surrounding communities reduce their salt usage. This will save money and be beneficial to Maryland's streams and drinking reservoirs, all while maintaining road safety. There are three different types of trainings: 
  • Commercial Applicators: for individuals that maintain walkways, parking lots or service roads
  • Road Crews: for individuals that operate snowplows
  • Property Managers: for individuals who pledge to reduce salt usage on their properties and hire trained salt applicators  
  For additional information please see the Minnesota Smart Salt website (leaving MDE's website).

Photos sourced from MDOT Flickr and video from AAA.

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