Did you know the human body is more than 60% water and, your pet and other animal bodies are 80% water or more? Clean water is life; it is critical for most all living organisms, from water lilies to walleye. Yet, in an effort to keep highways, parking lots, sidewalks and streets clear of ice; groundwater, lakes, rivers and streams are becoming highly polluted by chlorides from the salt we use.
According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, a teaspoon of salt will contaminate five gallons of water. In the Twin Cities metro area an estimated almost 400,000 TONS of salt is used annually; this includes salt used by businesses and homeowners. Currently, there are 21 lakes, 22 streams, and 4 wetlands in Minnesota that have unacceptable levels of chloride; by 2050 aquatic life in these and other water bodies could be wiped out.
We can improve water quality and save money with improved chloride/salt management. You're invited to a late afternoon of enjoying "happy" water and learning about best management practices for road salt. Please join us!
4:00 p.m. Check in, networking, appetizers and beverages with a cash bar.
5:00 p.m. Environmental impacts of salt, Brooke Asleson, MPCA
5:30 p.m. Best maintenance practices for clear pavement & clean water, Carolyn Dindorf, VP & Limnologist, Fortin Consulting
6:00 p.m. A win/win: Park Nicollet's award winning snow & ice program, Jim Holm, Manager, Grounds & Site Services, Park Nicollet Medical Center, Charles Glassup, Hantho Farms.
6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Question and answer, wrap up and networking.
For your health, and health of the environment we encourage car pooling, busing, walking or biking. The Wedge Table & Cafe is served by a number of bus routes. Parking on the street, if possible, is requested.