About the Annual Salt Symposium

The Road Salt Symposium was started in 2001 by Fortin Consulting and Freshwater Society with the goal of bringing awareness to the road salt dilemma and to bring together public works and environmental organizations to solve this problem. The symposium brings people together to talk about winter road care, environmental impacts and best management practices. This improves communication and understanding of this complicated situation. The chronic standard for chloride is 230 mg/l which is equivalent to one teaspoon of salt in a five-gallon bucket of water.

Star Tribune coverage of Road Salt Symposium

Beginning in 2020, the Road Salt Symposium has expanded topics and become the annual Salt Symposium. This change was made to recognizing the growing body of science that shows there are more significant sources of chloride than just the winter maintenance community. Every year, the Salt Symposium will showcase the growing body of research and salt management practices in water softening, potassium fertilizer, dust suppressants, and winter maintenance salt.

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