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Posted March 12 , 2010
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Smart Choices

New council created to improve winter salt management

Waterloo Region – The Region of Waterloo is a key partner in the newly formed Smart About Salt Council, which announced its official formation Monday with the intention to spearhead efficient use of winter salt on private roads, parking lots and sidewalks. Excessive salt use has been shown to be a threat to the environment and well-being of people, vegetation, fish and wildlife habitats near lakes and aquifers.

The Smart About Salt program was originally founded by the Region of Waterloo in response to concerns over rising levels of sodium and chlorides in the municipal drinking water supply. In September 2009, Regional Council approved a recommendation to create the not-for-profit organization in order to expand the reach of the program. In addition to its active strategy to use salt more efficiently on its roads, the Region has been among the first large municipalities to take action on the problem of salt use on private parking lots and sidewalks. The Smart About Salt program is aimed at teaching contractors and property managers the best practices of salt management to reduce its use while still ensuring that public safety is not compromised.

“The Region of Waterloo has taken a leadership role in promoting responsible use of salt in the winter,” said Regional Chair Ken Seiling. “In working with our partners in the Smart About Salt Council, the Region can more effectively promote proper training and salt application to a wider area to protect our drinking water.”

The Smart About Salt Council is supported by its partners, the Region of Waterloo, Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association and Building Owners and Managers Association of Ottawa. Building owners, snow removal contractors and the general public all have an important stake in working to protect the environment through winter salt best management practices.

The Smart About Salt Council is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the protection of drinking water and the environment through programs that will reduce the amount of winter salt used to de-ice roads, parking lots and sidewalks. The Council will be hosting information and training sessions across Ontario beginning in April 2010. Learn more at www.smartaboutsalt.com

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