Become Wisconsin Salt Wise

Once salt is down, it doesn’t go away. It washes off surfaces and accumulates in local lakes, streams and drinking water,

like the Nine Springs Creek in the Capital Springs Recreation Area.

Less salt on the road equals less salt in our water: 

Become Wisconsin Salt Wise!

The WiSaltWise campaign is focused on educating the general public on responsible road salt use.  WiSaltWise partners include Dane County Land & Water Resources; City of Madison; WI DOT; Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District; Madison Water Utility; Public Health Madison & Dane County; Capital Area Regional Planning Commission; UW-Madison Environment, Health & Safety Department; Ripple Effects


Did you know? One coffee mug of salt is enough to treat an entire 20-foot driveway or 10 squares (60-70 feet) of sidewalk.

Did you know? In the Winter of 2014-15, Public Health Madison Dane County reports that almost 30,000 tons of salt were used on Madison and Dane County roads, not including salt spread on county highways, parking areas, sidewalks and home driveways.

What you can do:

Shovel: Clear walkways and other areas before the snow turns to ice. The more snow you remove manually, the less salt needed and the more effective salt application will be.

Switch: When pavement temps drop below 15, salt does not melt ice. Switch to sand for traction.

Hire a salt wise applicator: Some local applicators have been trained in winter maintenance practices that reduce environmental impacts.

Look for proper salt use at the stores & businesses you visit. If they’re using the right amount of salt – thank them! If not, let them know about WI Salt Wise.

Love the lines: The stripes on the roadway before a storm are anti-icing, they show that your professional maintenance crew is concerned about your safety and is saving money, time and protecting our environment!

Be Salt Wise all year: The salt you put in your water softener ends up in local freshwater streams. New, efficient softeners use less than one bag per month. If you’re using more – have a professional tune yours up or, replace it with a high-efficiency model.
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