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Did you ever think about what happens to the tons of salt that goes on our roads, parking lots, and sidewalks each winter? Most of it ends up in our lakes, streams, wetlands, and groundwater. As a result, clean water in Minnesota is in jeopardy.

The MPCA’s Smart Salting trainings provide suggestions to improve operator effectiveness and for reducing chloride pollution while keeping the roads, parking lots, and sidewalks safe. Many organizations that have participated in the Smart Salting training have been able to reduce their salt use by 30-70%!

Learn how you and your organization can become Smart Salting certified.

Smart Salting Level 1 and Level 2 training schedule

Because of the initial success of the pilot project, Fortin Consulting has received a 319 grant to conduct additional training sessions in Minnesota. The following training schedule is changed periodically as training events are completed/added.

Updated training schedule for Level 1 and 2 attached

MPCA Smart Salting Level 1 Certification: Snow and ice control best practices

Through education and outreach, applicators of road salt can learn best practices and significantly reduce their use while maintaining road safety. There are two types of Smart Salting Level 1 training classes. The first is for high/low speed snowplow drivers (roads class), and the second is for anyone maintaining private/public walkways and/or parking lots and service roads (parking lot/sidewalk class).

Who should participate?

  • State, city and county road maintenance staff
  • Contractors
  • Staff maintaining private/public walkways and/or parking lots
  • Property managers writing contracts, distributors of anti-icing/de-icing products
  • Other snowplow drivers—those who make it happen

Why Is it important? This class will help:

  • Save you money
  • Keep our parking lots and sidewalks safe
  • Protect our water
  • Get you certified

Training schedule for Level 1 Smart Salting.
Link to this table

Training type Event location City, State Date Time Fee Contact Contact information
In State (Minnesota) training
Parking Lots and Sidewalks TBD Scott County 9/24/18 TBD no Paul Nelson Pnelson@co.scott.mn.us
Roads MSSA Hugo, MN 9/25/18 TBD Tim Keiffer 763-593-3960
Parking Lots and Sidewalks TBD TBD 9/26/18 TBD no Laura Jester laura.jester@keystonewaters.com
Roads Mississippi WMO Minneapolis, MN 9/27/18 8 am - 1:30 pm no Lauren Schulzetenberg lauren@fortinconsulting.com
Roads TBD TBD 9/28/18 TBD no Gael Zembal gzembal@ninemilecreek.org
Roads Edina Public Works, 7450 Metro Blvd. Edina, MN 10/9/18 8 am - 1:30 pm no Jessica Vanderwerff Wilson jwilson@edinamn.gov
Parking Lots and Sidewalks Edina Public Works, 7450 Metro Blvd. Edina, MN 10/10/18 8 am - 1:30 pm no Jessica Vanderwerff Wilson jwilson@edinamn.gov
Parking Lots and Sidewalks TBD TBD 10/11/18 TBD no Sage Passi sage.passi@rwmwd.org
Roads TBD Scott County 10/15/18 TBD no Paul Nelson Pnelson@co.scott.mn.us
Parking Lots and Sidewalks Mississippi WMO Minneapolis, MN 10/23/18 8 am - 1:30 pm no Lauren Schulzetenberg lauren@fortinconsulting.com
Parking Lots and Sidewalks TBD TBD 10/25/18 8 am - 1:30 pm no Dawn Doering ddoering@cooncreekwd.org
Parking Lots and Sidewalks TBD Scott County 10/26/18 TBD no Paul Nelson Pnelson@co.scott.mn.us
Roads TBD Scott County 10/29/18 TBD no Paul Nelson Pnelson@co.scott.mn.us
TBD TBD TBD 10/30/18 TBD no Beth Carreno BCarreno@ricecreek.org
Parking Lots and Sidewalks TBD TBD 11/9/18 TBD no Paula Lieopold Paula.Lieopold@co.dakota.mn.us
Parking Lots and Sidewalks MNLA Office, 1813 Lexington Ave. N St. Paul, MN 11/14/18 8 am - 1:30 pm no Susan Flynn susan@mnla.biz
Parking Lots and Sidewalks MNLA Office, 1813 Lexington Ave. N St. Paul, MN 11/21/18 8 am - 1:30 pm no Susan Flynn susan@mnla.biz
Out of State training
TBD Lake Co. Illinois TBD 10/1/18 TBD no Mike Adam MAdam@lakecountyil.gov
TBD Lake Co. Illinois TBD 10/2/18 TBD no Mike Adam MAdam@lakecountyil.gov
TBD Lake Co. Illinois TBD 10/3/18 TBD no Mike Adam MAdam@lakecountyil.gov
Roads TBD La Crosse, WI 10/8/18 TBD Keith Back kback@lacrossecounty.org
Parking Lots and Sidewalks Lussier Family Heritage Center, Dane County Parks, 3101 Lake Farm Road Madison, WI 10/19/18 8 am - 1 pm Phil Gaebler pgaebler@cityofmadison.com.org

Attendees Must Register with Event Contact in order to attend

  • File:Winter Parking Lot and Sidewalk Maintenance.pdf (October 2010) - applicators attending training will be given a clip board containing critical information. The hope is that this clip board will be a useful tool for applicators to keep in there their vehicles during storm events.

MPCA Smart Salting Level 2 Training

Level 2 - Training schedule

The following training schedule is changed periodically as training events are completed/added.

Training schedule for Level 2 Smart Salting.
Link to this table

Training type Event location City, State Date Time Fee Contact Contact information
Level II TBD Scott County 10/22/18 TBD no Paul Nelson Pnelson@co.scott.mn.us

Attendees Must Register with Event Contact in order to attend

MPCA Smart Salting Level 2 Certification: Smart Salting Assessment Tool (SSAt)

Level 2 certification is an organizational certification for both private and public entities. An organization may provide one assessment submittal for the whole organization or multiple submittals, as long as each has a unique address. (i.e., the City of Medina, MNDOT’s Plymouth truck station, Ace Snow Removal west metro branch, or Johnson Lawn and Snow).

To become Smart Salting Level 2 certified, an organization must:

  • Login to the Smart Salting Assessment tool (SSAt).
  • Complete the BMP and Salt Saving assessment for the most recent fully completed winter maintenance season.
    • For example, a report completed on January 1, 2018, will be based on the 2016/2017 winter maintenance season.
  • On the User Home Page of the SSAt complete the following steps:
  1. Click on the ‘Select Reports’ button on the bottom right-hand side of the screen
  2. Choose the appropriate completed reports from the Assessment for your organization
    • Reports should include all of the surface type(s) in which you are involved, not a separate report for each surface type
    • BMP Reports: Response Summary (Current)
    • BMP Reports: Comparison of Responses Between Assessment Periods (Current and Future)
    • Salt Savings Reports: Summary Report (Current and Future)
  3. Click the ‘Submit’ after the proper reports have been selected.
  4. After the reports have been submitted, if they are complete the WMAt will generate a certificate for your organization
  5. Return to the User Home Page of the WMAt and select ‘Print Certificate’
  6. The Certification Status section of the User Home Page will notify you when your Level 2 certification expires
  • Smart Salting Level 2 certification is valid for 2 years
  • Smart Salting Level 1 Voluntary certification is not required to obtain Level 2 certification, however it is recommended

For questions please contact:

Maintaining Level 2 Certification Organizations with Level 2 certification remain certified as long as they update and resubmit their Best Management Practices and Salt Savings reports. The MPCA is interested in sharing positive, salt-saving changes. If you have reduced your salt consumption due to change in your practices, please let us know.

Model Snow and Ice Policies

Example Snow and Ice Policies


Additional Winter Maintenance Resources

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This page was last modified on 14 August 2018, at 11:34.

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