The Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District will host a workshop 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 virtual Smart Salting Training for property managers, business owners, environmental professionals and advocates, and public works directors and local government decision-makers will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6.

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

Register online at or by calling 218-828-6197.