The Streets Division of the Public Works Department will be recognized with an Environmental Leadership award from the Freshwater Society for its efforts to reduce winter salt usage.
Roseville was cited for reducing salt application rates by between 100 and 200 pounds per lane mile in the city, significantly decreasing the amount of salt introduced into the environment each winter while also saving the city money.
To accomplish this reduction in salt usage, Streets crews employ a dual-track strategy of preparing the pavement before the snow begins to fly with applications of anti-icing solutions and plowing more frequently. The goal is make it harder for the snow to adhere to the roads and then get the snow off the roads before it has a chance to be hard-packed by traffic.
The award will be presented to Street Superintendent Steve Zweber and Street Foreman Josh Dix on behalf of the City during the Freshwater Society’s fifteenth annual Road Salt Symposium on February 4 in Chaska. But the real winner is the environment, and in particular Roseville’s lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands.