Mississippi River Forum
The Mississippi River Forum seeks to increase coordination between a multidisciplinary group of water resources practitioners and decision-makers. The Forum is also an opportunity for practitioners to connect their work to those in different fields who also impact the quality of the river.
"Hold the Salt, Please: Chloride Pollution in our Waters"
Friday, January 30 from 8:00-9:30 a.m. (Minneapolis) -AND-
Friday, February 27 from 8:00-9:30 a.m. (St. Cloud)
Brooke Asleson and Rachel Olmanson, MN Pollution Control Agency
Light breakfast provided. Free. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy winter, Minnesota! We seem to love (hate?) our extreme weather here, and our public works crews make it possible even to bicycle through the nastiest of wintry conditions. But many Minnesotans don't realize that road and sidewalk salt is polluting our waters. When snow and ice melt from roads, parking lots, and sidewalks, the salt we apply to those surfaces goes with them, washing into our lakes, streams, wetlands, and groundwater. It takes only one teaspoon of road salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water. Once in the water, there is no way to remove the chloride that comes from salt; at high concentrations, chloride can harm fish and plant life.
In the heart of a cold Minnesota winter, come share a cup of coffee and a pastry--and learn how road salt is impacting our water resources, what we can do about it, and how the MN Pollution Control Agency is addressing the issue.
Brooke Asleson and Rachel Olmanson are Watershed Project Managers with the MN Pollution Control Agency.
Minneapolis*: McKnight Foundation (710-2nd Street South, Suite 400, Minneapolis, 55401)
St. Cloud: St. Cloud City Council Chambers (400-2nd Street South, St. Cloud, 56301)
*If you are planning on joining us for the January meeting, please be prepared to sign in at McKnight's front desk and get a visitor pass.