Road Salt Resources for Municipalities

Through AdkAction’s Clean Water Safe Road Partnership, we have compiled a variety of resources that can be used by local municipal leaders for guidance and educational purposes. 

Winter Road Maintenance Training Videos

Quick Resource Guide for Winter Maintenance BMPs

This quick resource guide was developed to provide information to municipalities on how to improve winter maintenance operations by utilizing best management practices (BMPs) for the two most utilized materials in winter maintenance operations: road salt (chloride-based deicers) and abrasives.

Acknowledgments

This guide was published by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Water Resource Center and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, exclusively for general educational and informational purposes. This guide does not in any way replace or supersede any municipal, county, state, or federal requirements or regulations related to storm water management. This guide is not intended to be a substitute for professional design and implementation services.

Liability Resources

Liability is perceived as one of the top barriers to road salt reduction, cited by private applicators, municipal crews, and state DOT’s. Our research has shown that written snow and ice plans provide significant legal protection for salt applicators. See the resources below for more specific information. 

1. Liability video presentation by James Gelormini, former NYS Assistant District Attorney from our 2014 Road Salt Conference:  Watch here.

2. The Mirror Lake Association solicited a legal opinion concerning the protection of Municipalities from being sued while working to reduce road salt applications. The opinion states that Municipalities are protected by state legislation in that a written complaint has to be filed concerning negligence of a sidewalk or street before an incident is reported. Read the full legal opinion here. 

3. Benefits of a Written Snow and Ice Control Plan by Duane E. Amsler Sr. P.E.

4. Model Plan for Snow and Ice Control, Town of Bolton, NY, Lake George Watershed, 2017. 

5. City of West Des Moines Snow and Ice Control Manual.

Municipal Pledge to Reduce Road Salt 

Municipalities across the Adirondacks are signing on to our Pledge to Reduce Road Salt MOU to show their support for our vision of a Park-wide salt reduction strategy.

Are you a municipal leader looking to get involved in reducing road salt in your community? 

To date, the 27 Adirondack towns and villages listed below have signed the Pledge, and are working toward a proactive approach to reducing their road salt usage while maintaining safe driving conditions through the use of best practices. Download the Pledge to Reduce Road Salt Municipal MOU here and urge your local officials to pass a resolution in favor of signing the Pledge. Signed Pledges should be filed by sending to info@AdkAction.org

Special thanks to the following municipalities who have shown their commitment to sustainable winter road maintenance:

Ausable

Bolton

Brighton

Chester

Chesterfield

Colton

Dresden

Duane

Forestport

Hague

Harrietstown

Horicon

Johnstown

Keene

Lake George

North Elba

North Hudson

Parishville

Piercefield

Putnam

Queensbury

Stratford

Ticonderoga

Village of Lake George

Webb 

Willsboro

Wilmington

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