Image of salt being dispersed onto winter road

In Minnesota, every year brings an increase in waterways impaired by chlorides from road salts. Alternative chemical, non-chemical, and mechanical solutions exist to help keep the chloride out of our waters. The Annual Road Salt Symposium presents information about the current state of chlorides in Minnesota waters and provides innovative tools and methods to help repair our waters and sustain our resources—while maintaining safe roads.

Date and Location

The Road Salt Symposium is moving to the fall!

The next symposium will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at Jimmy’s Event Center, 3565 Labore Road, Vadnais Heights, MN 55110.

Topics Covered

  • Heavy metal: icebreakers and underbodies
  • Technology and sustainability
  • Tools to reduce chlorides from ordinances to training
  • Premier medical clinic now has premier grounds crew
  • Winter operations across the pond: lessons learned from the United Kingdom
  • Research on salt pathways, pavements, water softening, and all things chloride

Who Should Attend

Those interested in discussing the impacts of road salt and other deicers and the search for solutions to reduce these impacts are encouraged to attend this symposium.



This workshop is sponsored by the Freshwater Society, in collaboration with Fortin Consulting Inc., the Minnesota Pollution Control AgencyEnviroTech Services Inc., LIQUIDOW, and the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota.

Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).