Cutting chloride and clinching clean water

  • Monday, December 11, 2017
  • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)
  • The Wedge Table & Cafe, 2412 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404


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Did you know the human body is more than 60% water and, your pet and other animal bodies are 80% water or more?  Clean water is life; it is critical for most all living organisms, from water lilies to walleye.  Yet, in an effort to keep highways, parking lots, sidewalks and streets clear of ice; groundwater, lakes, rivers and streams are becoming highly polluted by chlorides from the salt we use.  

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, a teaspoon of salt will contaminate five gallons of water.  In the Twin Cities metro area an estimated almost 400,000 TONS of salt is used annually; this includes salt used by businesses and homeowners.  Currently, there are 21 lakes, 22 streams, and 4 wetlands in Minnesota that have unacceptable levels of chloride; by 2050 aquatic life in these and other water bodies could be wiped out.  

We can improve water quality and save money with improved chloride/salt management.  You're invited to a late afternoon of enjoying "happy" water and learning about best management practices for road salt.  Please join us!  


4:00 p.m.  Check in, networking, appetizers and beverages with a cash bar. 
5:00 p.m.  Environmental impacts of salt, Brooke Asleson, MPCA
5:30 p.m.  Best maintenance practices for clear pavement & clean water,  Carolyn Dindorf, VP & Limnologist, Fortin Consulting
6:00 p.m.  A win/win:  Park Nicollet's award winning snow & ice program, Jim Holm, Manager, Grounds & Site Services, Park Nicollet Medical Center, Charles Glassup, Hantho Farms.  
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Question and answer, wrap up and networking. 

For your health, and health of the environment we encourage car pooling, busing, walking or biking.  The Wedge Table & Cafe is served by a number of bus routes.  Parking on the street, if possible, is requested.  

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