Matt Sepic: Too Much Salt Reaches Lakes


A recent study found three dozen bodies of water with chloride levels that exceed state standards. Too much salt can harm fish and encourage invasive plants.

The MPCA’s Brian Livingston, who supervises the metro watershed district, said there are ways to reduce salt use without compromising winter road safety. Such methods, he said, include “wetting the salt so it doesn’t bounce off the highways and actually gets applied directly onto the surface, and measuring more accurately the amount of salt that’s being applied, and not over-applying it.”