Learn how to integrate science with practical, more efficient winter maintenance practices on parking lots and sidewalks – that can help save on costs and time, while minimizing environmental impacts.

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Time: 8 AM – 1:30 PM

Format: In-person

Location: Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District office (18681 Lake Drive E, Chanhassen)

Cost: Free to attendees. NMCWD, RPBCWD, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency with Clean Water Fund and Environmental & Natural Resources Trust Fund dollars are covering the cost to offer this class.

Trainer: Fortin Consulting (now Bolton & Menk, Inc.)

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mpca-smart-salting-for-parking-lots-sidewalks-certification-training-registration-625356356697

Questions, contact contact Eleanor Mahon at Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District: emahon@rpbcwd.org

Who should attend?

  • Public or private winter maintenance staff
  • Those who hire or supervise them
  • Private contractors
  • Staff or volunteers looking to reduce salt

What you’ll learn:

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

Passing the optional test at the end of training earns you the MPCA Smart Salting for Parking Lots and Sidewalks Certification and a listing on the MPCA training website here: pca.state.mn.us/water/smart-salting-training. Read more on all MPCA Smart Salting trainings while there.


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!


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