Ice, Ice, Maybe

Get your home winter-ready before the forecast calls for snow and ice with stream-friendly solutions this season.

  • Traction is the safest way to protect yourself, pets and our waterways. Keep a bucket of sand or gravel and a scoop next to the doorway, along with your shovel. Don’t forget ice cleats for walking through slick areas.
  • If you do use an ice-melting product, use it sparingly before the snow and ice, and don’t forget to clean up after each event. Products made from calcium chloride, potassium chloride or magnesium chloride are safer for pets, soil, plants and our local streams.
  • Avoid using rock salt, table salt or products containing urea. These cause more harm to soil, plants and streams.
  • After each snow or ice event, sweep up excess sand and gravel, along with any anti-icing pellets, and place the materials in the trash.
  • Cover your vehicle with a tarp or sheet before each event to keep car windows free from ice. If ice forms, apply a vinegar and water solution in a 3:1 ratio, respectively, to the windows to remove the ice.

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