Winter arrived early this year. As you prepare, consider how you remove your snow and make your walkways safe, and the impact on our watershed.
If used incorrectly, salt can deplete oxygen needed by aquatic life, change soil chemistry, make it difficult for plants to grow, and contaminate groundwater. Sand can bury aquatic life, fill in natural habitats, clog drains, and cloud the water.
Shovel and remove snow as soon as possible, and continue shoveling during big storms. With less time to get packed down, melt, and refreeze, the snow won’t turn to ice. But, chances are you will need a deicer this winter. The best kind of deicer depends on your situation, learn more Winter Maintenance and Deicing Tips and Tips for Clean Water Stewards from the Flathead Lakers.