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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: Salt Awareness

Rebecca Katz Harwood

You may be spreading more salt on your sidewalk than you need.

A lot of snow and ice has arrived in the Twin Ports. We knew it would; we’re all familiar with winter life. We're also veterans of snow management. Our shovels are lined up outside the door. When the plow goes by in the night we stir from our sleep, peek out the window to determine how much earlier we need to get out of bed to handle the fresh bank of snow at the end of the drive.

But when it comes to ice management, things aren’t always as consistent. How much ice are we talking about here? Should you maybe get out the ice chopper and scrape that up? Should you salt or sand? How much is enough?

Megan Högfeldt, a Water Resources Specialist for the City of Superior talks about tips and tricks for at-home salt use reduction since the salt we throw down ends up in local freshwater bodies and can harm the plants and animals that rely on fresh water. She also talks about Salt Awareness Week, a free and online event coming up in Wisconsin on January 24th-28th featuring livestreams of area experts diving into #thetruecostofsalt on our drinking water, pets, and freshwater ecosystems.

Chris Harwood is The North 1033’s Production Director and (acting) Program Director, a morning/daytime host, and the host of Soul Village. He is also a musician, a music historian, an audio engineer, and an avid record collector.