Fox Point Celebrates Salt Awareness Week
All the salt that we apply to roads and sidewalks ends up in our freshwater. Salt can be an effective deicer, but more isn’t always better. Salt prematurely ages roads and bridges and degrades freshwater lakes and streams. Fox Point is working this winter to avoid the overapplication of salt.
Dozens of Wisconsin municipalities are striving to improve the winter maintenance programs and slow down the salting of our lakes, streams, and drinking water. Many citizens, however, are not aware of the issue. It’s for this reason that the Wisconsin Salt Wise Partnership, a coalition of organizations across the state working together to reduce salt pollution in our lakes, streams and drinking water, is hosting “Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week” from Monday, January 24th to Friday, January 28th.
Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week aims to educate citizens on the issue of salt pollution: how salt impacts freshwater ecosystems, the role of water softening, ideas for teaching kids about salt pollution, and other ways to get involved. Speakers will stream live over YouTube from 12:30-1PM Monday through Friday to share their knowledge and field questions.
Speakers at the event will include Bailey Wilmoth (University of Toledo), Katie Cassidy (University of Minnesota – Duluth), Ken Bradbury (WI Geological and Natural History Survey), Kathy Lake (Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District), Lexi Passante (UW-Milwaukee), and Kevin Anderson (WI Dept. of Public Instruction). To tune in starting Monday, January 24th at 12:30PM, check out the WI Salt Wise YouTube channel at bit.ly/wisaltwise or register at www.wisaltwise.com.