Jan
11
Salty Streams and Formerly Freshwater Lakes: An Ecosystem Perspective

Learn from Hilary Dugan, UW-Madison, and Bill Hintz, University of Toledo, the various ways in which road salts are changing the biogeochemistry and ecology of fresh waters.

Jan
12
Be Salt Wise and Pet Smart

Dr. Brian Ray, DVM, will discuss practical concerns for pet owners regarding pet health and ice melt products.

Jan
13
Salt your Dinner, not our Drinking Water

It’s no secret that we rely heavily on road salt during our Wisconsin winters. Salt isn’t just put down on roads and highways during the winter months, it’s also spread on sidewalks, parking lots and driveways across the city. But our dependence on road salt comes with a heavy environmental price. Madison Water Utility Public Information Officer Amy Barrilleaux will discuss the evidence of road salt infiltration at some Madison drinking water wells. She’ll explain why public engagement around this issue may be the key to saving our drinking water from salt. Kevin Masarik, Groundwater Specialist, will share well water data to illustrate what we know about chloride in Wisconsin’s groundwater. Local land-use activities that influence chloride loading include fertilizer impacts, road salt activities, and septic system drainfields.

Jan
14
Winter Salt Certification Workshop: Property Managers

Join managers, applicators, and others involved in the world of winter maintenance to learn tips and techniques that can save you time, money, and protect our waters. The workshop will cover pre-storm preparation, de-icer selection, equipment calibration, 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.

At the end of the virtual training you will complete an online Salt Certification exam and have the option of being listed as a certified salt applicator with Salt Wise and on the City of Madison Winter Salt Certification site. For more information on the City of Madison Winter Salt Certification program visit: https://www.cityofmadison.com/live-work/sustainability/winter-salt-certification.