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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 Week

Close-up of a hand holding rock salt, pile of salt underneath
Pavel Neznanov [Via Unsplash]

During the winter months, the Northland makes use of salt. It ends up on the roads and parts beyond.

"Salt applied on sidewalks, roads, and parking lots eventually make it to... waterways," says Megan Högfeldt, Water Resources Specialist for the City of Superior. "The waterways are less and less fresh each year... and actually changing the chemistry of our water."

Högfeldt is encouraging everyone to take part in Salt Awareness Week. Each day from Monday, January 23rd through Friday the 27th, speakers will be addressing topics related to salt and its impact on the environment. Presenters will speak live on YouTube from 12:30pm-1pm daily. Register to have the link sent directly to you.

Some of the speakers will discuss the why and the how, while others will include actionable plans. For Högfeldt, a good place to start is on your own icy sidewalk. "One of the things you can definitely do is use less salt and switch to sand." Depending on the temperature outside, sand on sidewalks and roadways is a good substitute.

To register or to learn more about topics discussed with Högfeldt, please visit the links below.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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