Article Written By Jacob Fox

Today’s question: Why not use more road salt?

In my work with the Town of Geneva, we look at a variety of different topics ranging from waste management to stormwater to public bike trails. One topic that we have been discussing recently is our use of road salt. The road salt discussion is nuanced, as you can imagine, because you have to balance people’s safety with the impact of road salt on our soil and our lake.


Our town committee recently hosted a speaker — Phil Sexton of WIT Advisers, a sustainability advisory firm. He works with communities like ours on winter road management. What we learned from the discussion is that there are many ways to decrease road salt usage, provide even better service, and actually save money. This usually requires a holistic approach where you make incremental changes that add up over time.