Leaf-free Streets for Clean Waters - educational session

Did you know leaves that collect on our streets every fall can harm our waters? When it rains, stormwater flows through leaf piles in streets creating a “leaf tea” that is rich in dissolved phosphorus. This "leaf tea" travels through storm sewers making its way to our lakes, rivers and streams. Too much phosphorus can lead to toxic algae blooms, low oxygen levels and green murky waters, none of which are good for animals living in the water or those of us who use it for recreation. The good news is that efforts to keep leaves out of the street can make a difference. In the fall, timely removal of street leaf litter can reduce the amount of phosphorus in urban stormwater by 80% compared to no leaf removal!

Join us to learn about a recent USGS/City of Madison study that led to the development of a municipal phosphorus reduction credit for leaf management programs and a targeted public outreach campaign aimed at keeping streets leaf-free before the storm. We will also provide information on how individuals and groups can get involved in the Leaf-free Streets for Clean Waters effort and outreach toolkits that they can use to spread the word in their neighborhoods.

Winter Maintenance Equipment Calibration Workshop

Join us for a free workshop to learn how to calibrate various types of winter maintenance equipment, Calibrating equipment is a critical first step in efforts to track and reduce winter salt use.  This workshop is open to anyone who has attended (or is registered for the Oct 19th training) a Winter Maintenance./Salt Certification training and applies salt in Dane County.  Please only send staff who will be calibrating equipment as we can only allow up to two participants from the same organization. 

Topics will include:

• Salt spreader and spreader control basics

• Salt spreader calibration procedures

• Hands-on field demonstration of calibration procedures

• Hands-on field demonstration of salt bounce and scatter

The workshop will be led by: 

Mark Cornwell is the Principal of Sustainable Salting Solutions, LLC, Holly, Michigan. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Horticulture from Michigan State University. Mark worked in the University of Michigan, Grounds and Waste Management Department as a Senior Horticulturist responsible for all facets of campus landscape management.  He served as chairperson for the University’s Salt Use Reduction Team where he established best management practices designed to reduce salt and sand used in winter maintenance by 50% of their ten-year annual average use. Mark has also worked in the private sector advancing the use of liquid anti-icing/deicing chemicals and marketing spreader technology from Europe that employs a high liquid to solid ratio of deicing chemicals. 

Ben Jordan, PE, is Director of the Wisconsin Transportation Information Center. He has over thirty years of experience in civil engineering and public works, previously working as a Director of Public Works, Village Engineer and highway engineer. His winter maintenance experience includes responsibility for management of winter operations for streets, commuter-parking facilities and a shopping center. He is a member of the American Public Works Association (APWA) Winter Maintenance Subcommittee and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Winter Maintenance. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.

Winter Salt Certification Training for Parking lot, Sidewalks and Trail Maintenance Professionals

This event will provide the necessary training to pass the Salt Certification Exam and have you listed as a certified salt applicator. The training will cover pre-storm preparation, equipment calibration guidance, application rates, de-icer selection and more. The goal of the training is to educate winter maintenance professionals on how to use the least amount of de-icing materials necessary to keep pavements safe throughout the winter. For more information on the City of Madison Winter Salt Certification program visit .

Coffee, bagels, and lunch will be included with the registration fee of $12.00. Registration will be capped at 30 people for this training session.Three additional trainings are available this fall.

Tickets must be purchased in advance: