The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District will host workshops to help those in the county reduce salt usage while still maintaining safe paved surfaces.

When snow and ice start to accumulate on area roads, parking lots and sidewalks, salt is often applied, which contains chloride, a water pollutant that often ends up in lakes, streams and rivers, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

It only takes 1 teaspoon of road salt to permanently pollute 5 gallons of water, according to Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District District Manager Melissa Barrick.

“The Comprehensive Pine River Watershed Plan identified chlorides as an important goal. Our goal is to reduce road salt and water softener salt going into area lakes," Barrick stated in a news release.

The smart salting training at the Crow Wing County Land Services Building for property managers, business owners, environmental professionals and advocates, and public works directors and local government decision-makers will be 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 25.

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The other Minnesota Pollution Control Agency training session for those who maintain winter roads, streets and highways will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at the land services building in Brainerd, too.

Training topics include environmental impacts, best management practices for reducing salt use safely, cost-saving opportunities, liability and customer education.

Registration is required. Funding for the training is provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The deadline to register is Aug. 20. Register online at or by calling 218-828-6197.