MPCA Smart Salting Trainings offer ways winter maintenance pros can save money, time, and reduce salt while maintaining safety!

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2024

Backup day in case of weather: November 12, 2024

Time: 8:30 AM – 2 PM

Format: In-person only; lunch is provided

Location: 16700 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Cost: Free to attendees.

Trainer: Bolton & Menk, Inc.

Registration: Eventbrite form

Training questions? Contact the MPCA Smart Salting Training Program

This MPCA Smart Salting Certification Training is an opportunity to learn more efficient winter maintenance best practices (BMPs) while taking a comprehensive look at the many aspects for managing snow & ice on parking lots and sidewalks. The training will also cover the new chloride requirements in the recently released MS4 permit, as well as resources available to help you reduce your salt use.

Snow Sweeper clears snow at Normandale Hills ElementaryWho should attend?

  • Hands-on public or private winter maintenance staff
  • Those who hire or supervise winter maintenance staff
  • Private contractors
  • Those who may influence others or are interested in making a difference at work

What you’ll learn:

  • Environmental impacts of chloride
  • Equipment calibration
  • Using weather condition info more efficiently
  • Application rates
  • Plowing and physical removal
  • BMPs for storing materials
  • De-icing and anti-icing
  • Regulatory issues and managing liability
  • Customer and staff educational resources
  • Success stories

The MPCA Smart Salting for Parking lots & Sidewalks Certification test will be offered at the end of training. Those that pass will be listed on the MPCA Smart Salting Training webpage. The certification is valid for five years.

Take 2 minutes to hear from certified maintenance pros like you now using less salt, while maintaining a high level of service and safety in the new MPCA Smart Salting Training for Winter Maintenance promo video!


This training is hosted by Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District, Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, City of Eden Prairie and the MPCA Chloride Reduction Program. Funding is provided by MPCA through the Clean Water Fund.

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