Winter Salt: Balancing Safety, Environment and Cost

Posted April 26, 2021

  • June 17, 2021
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Winter Salt: Balancing Safety, Environment and Cost

Learn how to keep health and safety a priority this winter while staying environmentally responsible. 

Salt does an amazing job melting ice and improving traction in parking lots. But applying too much salt shortens the life of pavements and hastens the corrosion of infrastructure. Salt applied to pavements also finds its way into streams, where it harms fish and other aquatic life. Fortunately, there are best practices that can prevent excess salting without compromising safety, and some of these may even generate net savings.

Join us to learn about the impacts of parking lot salt on property and the environment, and how to mitigate risk through winter maintenance best practices and sustainable procurement of winter maintenance services.

Note: This webinar is for businesses. If you represent a municipality and are interested in this topic, please contact Tim.VanSeters@trca.ca.

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PRESENTERS

Lee Gould
Executive Director, Smart About Salt Council (SASC)

As Executive Director Lee Gould is able to leverage his geophysics background with almost three decades of leadership experience to support the volunteers at the Smart About Salt Council (SASC), an award-winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the negative impacts of poor winter maintenance practices on our collective freshwater resources. All while promoting safety through best management practices.

 

Tim Van Seeters
Manager, Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP), Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Tim Van Seters manages the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Over the last several years he has been working with industry practitioners, universities and municipal staff to research and promote broader implementation of salt management practices, specifically within high use areas such as parking lots and sidewalks.

 

Bill Thompson

Manager of Watershed Plans and Strategies, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

Bill Thompson has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Trent University, and a Master’s degree in Botany from the University of Manitoba. He is currently employed by Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority as their Manager of Watershed Plans and Strategies, where his role is to coordinate and support the work of colleagues and external partners in developing and implementing plans to protect and restore the health of Lake Simcoe’s tributaries and aquifers.