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Saving Lake Monona From Winter Salt

February 14, 2016

This morning a light snow started falling in Madison about 10:00 A.M.    It is shaping up as a scenic outdoor scene since it is not going to be so much that we need to think of getting out the snow blower or not being able to drive should we need to head somewhere.  It is the perfect coffee drinking, book reading kind of day that makes us glad to have winter in Wisconsin.

Then there are the major companies who have a contract for snow removal who seem not to realize it is winter and every surface should not resemble that it is July 4th.  Hearty souls in this city know we should hear the crunch under our feet after a snowfall.   Lets be honest, that crunch has a nice sound and likely makes us harken back to childhood memories.

With not even half an inch of snow on the ground one of the high paid services arrived at a rental unit on the isthmus and took out a five-gallon pail of blue salt and started spreading it out in large handfuls all over a parking area.  Then the person continued that same routine on the sidewalk.

This practice happens throughout the season every time there is even the smallest amount of snowfall.   And since money is made with repeat calls based on snowfall the spreading of more salt will take place over the same territory at some point later today.

The problem is this particular salting takes place on shoreline property to Lake Monona.  No one needs to put it in writing as to where this salt drains into, or the harm it causes.

Now I fully understand people can mostly do what they want with their private property.  But absentee landlords with seemingly no long term interest in Lake Monona does concern me, and surely does the same with others who have made this place home and worry about the fate of the lake.

I snapped a couple photos and it gives some scope of the over-salting that took place in one application.  This type of activity, as I noted, occurs at least a couple times per snow fall, and then needs to be mulitiplied by the others who use such service in this area.

We all know this is a problem and yet it remains one that seemingly can not be brought under control.

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  1. February 16, 2016 11:27 AM

    Lawsuit vs a little salt in a lake lawsuit wins everyone.

  2. February 14, 2016 2:32 PM

    Let the governor’s office know. Or the DNR. They’ll be right on it. /choke

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