Road Salt Workshop Sponsored by the Maryland Water Monitoring Council

Announcing  – Road Salt Usage and Environmental Impacts

Date: April 13, 2016

Patuxent Wildlife Visitors Center – 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708-4027

Topics include:

  • Road Salt Use: Practices and Alternatives
  • Impacts to Water Resources
  • Effects on Local Ecology
  • Management Planning and Policy

Description: Data collection and analysis across the Mid-Atlantic region has shown in recent years that the increasing usage of road salt during winter months has an impact on our local waterways and groundwater. This all-day conference will provide information on current road salt operations, applications, and best management practices within the state and local counties. Presenters will also discuss current scientific analysis and monitoring efforts, and the effects of elevated chloride levels on surface water, groundwater, and local ecology. Lastly, the workshop will provide an overview of management strategies, including regional policies. A panel discussion will invite attendees to identify additional information and monitoring needs.

Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM; registration opens at 8:30am

Speakers: TBA (an agenda will be posted soon at http://dnr.maryland.gov/streams/MWMC/announcements.asp)

Cost: $30 per person, includes continental breakfast and lunch

Space is limited and registration will close when capacity is reached. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted. Click HERE to register online (registration closes at noon on April 8, 2016).

Contact Michele Gandee, mgandee@usgs.gov for questions

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