General Training

Customized winter maintenance best practices training can be provided with our environmental and public works trainers at your location. Contact or 763-478-3606 to schedule a workshop. Also see training calendar to find classes already scheduled in your area.

Whether you are an environmental staff person wanting to learn more about the subject or a winter maintenance professional who maintains roads or other surfaces, the message is the same.

The power of winter maintenance professionals is enormous. They are one of the few groups of people that can change the future of our water. One teaspoon of road salt will contaminate 5 gallons of water enough to exceed our federal chronic limit for chlorides. One tandem load of 10 yards of salt will contaminate about 8 million gallons of water.

All of the salt we have applied to the roads over the years is still with us, only in our water.

Workshops provide concrete suggestions for reducing chloride pollution while keeping the roads, parking lots, sidewalks safe. Thousands of winter maintenance professionals have gone through the Minnesota Pollution Control’s certification training, developed by Fortin. Of those attending, 99% said it was “very valuable” and that they would recommend it to others.

Road Deicing Application Rate Chart

Deicing Application Rate Guidelines for Parking Lots and Sidewalks

The outline for training includes topics such as:

  • The power you have today, to make changes, to protect our water.
  • The effect of winter maintenance on our lakes and rivers.
  • How do de-icers and abrasives work.
  • Decisions on anti-icing and de-icing.
  • Integrating liquids into your operations.
  • Selection of the best product for the conditions.
  • Cost savings tips