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Re: I WOULD LIKE A LOOK WHAT MARYLAND SPEND ON SNOW SALTING THIS YEAR BECAUSE ...
Date: February 07, 2020 09:02PM
Maryland Reduces Use of Road Salts to Protect the Environment and Public Health
Residents urged to stay safe in winter weather but cut back on salt when possible
BALTIMORE, MD (January 18, 2019) – As winter weather impacts the state, Maryland is working to reduce the use of road salts that can threaten public health and the environment – including the water that we drink – while keeping traffic moving safely.
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is taking steps to reduce salt in rivers, streams and groundwater to protect aquatic life and drinking water sources while roads are made safe for winter travel. MDE has been working for several years with state agencies and local jurisdictions on best practices for salt application, including use of improved weather forecasting, using the right amount of salt, targeting roads in most need of treatment, using brine to reduce overall salt usage and increasing training for employees and contracted equipment operators. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) employs a range of strategies to reduce its use of salt while continuing to keep roads safe – and over the past five years has reduced its overall salt usage by half.
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