If you see something, say something! (Don't bury your head and pretend the problem will just go away)

As Minnesotans, we don’t like to be confrontational. We see piles of salt in front of buildings we visit in our community, and even if we know the devastating consequences of it, we have the tendency to say nothing. Dr. King famously said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Water is something that matters. We all need clean water. Please consider being “un-Minnesotan” by participating in the actions below.

 

 

If you are seeing salt that is closer than 3-inches apart, please let a manager know you care about water and that you’d like them to follow Minnesota best practices. Offer the manager an informational card with the message of PLEASE salt smart. The future’s water is at stake.

Info. cards will be available at all BCWMC member cities’ city halls starting December 2nd. BCWMC member cities include: Crystal, Golden Valley, Medicine Lake, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, Robbinsdale, and St. Louis Park. 

 

If you are seeing correct salt spacing no closer than 3-inches apart, let a manager know you appreciate their efforts to salt smart. Ask them if you can hang an informational notice on their door to inform others about why they are not seeing piles of salt out front.

These info. cards will also be available at all BCWMC member cities’ city halls starting December 2nd. BCWMC member cities include: Crystal, Golden Valley, Medicine Lake, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, Robbinsdale, and St. Louis Park. 

 

Sweeping up and re-using excess salt saves money. Buying salt is cheap at $73/ton, but the property damage it causes is between $800-$3,300/ton. (Fortin Consulting)

Encourage them to sweep up the salt or offer to do it for them.

 

Deliver the Message

  • Hand out informational postcards (see below) to businesses that have salt closer than 3 inches apart. They will be available at all BCWMC member cities’ city halls starting December 2nd. BCWMC member cities include: Crystal, Golden Valley, Medicine Lake, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, Robbinsdale, and St. Louis Park. These postcards notify clientele

Mention Trainings

Sweep

  • Offer to sweep up the salt and put it in their pail so they can re-use it.

Traction Cleats

  • Wear traction cleats to keep yourself safe.