District Gets Serious About Road Salt

Posted: 2018-09-18 09:12:29 By: hbr

The District of Muskoka is ready to get serious about salt.

On Monday, District council signed off on terms of reference for their Salt Working Committee, a group tasked with finding solutions to the District’s ever-increasing reliance on road salt.

The amount of paved roadway the District maintains has grown from 1,032 km in 2015 to 1,477 km today. Roughly half of that distance is treated with salt during the winter months, and the rate of salt treatment per kilometer has also increased during the same period.

As salt applications have increased, so have the number of trucks needed to administer them. That includes the addition of nine vehicles since 2015.

A recent report indicates that more work needs to be done to monitor runoff, modify new storage facilities and properly store snow to manage the release of salt and other contaminants into the surrounding environment.  

“The reality is we’re using more and more salt on our roads and it's something we need to address,” said Coun. Phil Harding.