Smart Salting for Local Leaders

Begins: May 25th, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Ends: May 25th, 2022 at 2:00 pm

Venue: Online
Location:   | , Minnesota

Minnesota policy makers have an important role to play in making chloride reduction decisions that protect Minnesota’s valuable water resources.

With We Are Water MN and Dakota County, The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is offering a free virtual 2-hour Smart Salting for Local Leaders workshop.

Smart salting strategies can help reduce chloride pollution while saving money and maintaining safe conditions for winter transit. In this workshop, local leaders can learn about the statewide impacts of chloride and specific action steps to make policy changes in their communities to reduce salt use.

MPCA's Smart Salting for Local Leaders is considered an introductory workshop and is not intended as a replacement for the MPCA’s Property Management, Roads, or Parking Lot and Sidewalks Certification Trainings and does not meet MS4 training requirements.

Who should attend?

• Local and state elected officials (including council members and legislators)

• Members of sustainability and environmental commissions

• Board members of housing associations, neighborhood associations, or watershed districts

• Other local decision makers

What you'll learn:

• Environmental, infrastructure, and monetary impacts of chloride in Minnesota

• Introduction to Smart Salting strategies for chloride reduction

• Success stories

• Roles that local decision makers can play in reducing chloride pollution in Minnesota

• Suggested action steps and policy implementation for chloride reduction

• Tools, resources, and funding opportunities for chloride reduction

• Resources for education and outreach

The learning environment for this workshop is an interactive online format. Instructors will teach online in real-time. Participants will interact with instructors and other participants through live chats, polls, and discussion using the WebEx platform. We require attendees to actively participate in the online interactive workshop and participate in the survey at the end.

For questions, contact Megan Reich (

This training is co-hosted with the MPCA and We are Water MN. Funding comes from the Clean Water Fund.

Register here


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