Salt mini-course videos

You can watch these educational videos as part of the salt mini-course.


Watershed by The Hypoxic Punks

Learn how salt gets from our roadways and into our rivers and lakes, and what you can do about it.

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Using an ice chisel to remove compacted snow

Learn how to remove compacted snow without salt.

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When it's too cold to use salt

How to keep your sidewalks clear when it’s too cold for salt to work.

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Monitoring chloride and our water

Learn how the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) monitors chloride.

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Winter maintenance: good choices for clean water

Choose tools to keep driveways and sidewalks safe without harming our:

  • Rivers
  • Lakes
  • Streams
  • Groundwater

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Salt mini-course takeaways


  • Salt is a permanent pollutant that damages our waters and wildlife.
  • Shovel and scrape promptly and often.
  • Clear walkways before snow turns to ice and avoid using salt.
  • Safety first, walk slowly and carefully in icy conditions.
  • More salt does not mean more melting.

Thank you for taking the Salt Mini-Course.

blue circle pledge stating "we practice salt stewardship"

Salt stewardship pledge

We encourage you to fill out the pledge after going through the salt mini-course.


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Contact us

Salt Mini-Course Program

Surface Water & Sewers Regulatory Team
Public Works