Salt reduction measures in Minneapolis
Groups using less salt
TMR - Street
TMR - Street follows best management practices for:
- Salt use methods
The annual MS4/NPDES permitting reporting outlines these efforts.
TMR - Street and bridge
What this group does
This group is responsible for citywide snow and ice control on:
- Some trails
- Bridge sidewalks
- some City owned sidewalks and pedestrian facilities
We mainly use these de-icers and anti-ice methods:
- Sodium chloride (NaCl) in the form of rock salt
- Calcium chloride (CaCl2) for sidewalks and other pedestrian facilities
- Magnesium chloride (MgCl2) on streets that comes in our treated salt.
Employees take part in these trainings:
- Formal Snowplow Operator Training (SPOT) with peer agencies or TMR trainers
- APWA (American Public Works Association) trainings and workshops
- Minnesota Local Training Assistance Program (LTAP)
- MPCA Smart Salting certification for employees and supervisors
TMR - Ramp restoration and repair
This group manages the City parking ramps. They do sidewalk winter maintenance for police precincts and other City-owned sidewalks.
TMR - Sidewalk inspections office
Property owners are responsible for public sidewalks next to them in the right-of-way. This office hires contractors to clear properties that do not follow the rules. We require contractors to be MPCA Smart Salting certified.
TMR - Special service districts (SSD)
This group maintains public right-of-way sidewalks. The City hires contractors and recovers the cost from the SSD. We require contractors to be MPCA Smart Salting certified.