Salt and Other Deicers
There are steps you can take to minimize the effects of salt and other deicers on streamside vegetation and water quality.
- Physically remove as much snow as possible to decrease the need for salt.
- Be sure to follow the instructions for applying salt and don’t use too much - adding more does not make the snow melt faster.
- Apply any ice-melting products at the beginning of a snow or ice storm. This prevents ice from bonding to the pavement and will ensure that less salt is needed.
- Once the temperature dips below 15°F, salt is unable to melt the ice. Regular playground sand can be used to increase traction. Be sure to clean sand up properly during thaws since sand can clog storm drains.
If you are winterizing your vehicle at home, designate an area away from storm drains to change automotive fluids. Collect motor oil, antifreeze and other fluids in a secure container and take to an auto shop for recycling. Clean up small spills immediately using an absorbent material such as kitty litter or sand. If you have a car that is leaking or non-functional, place a large pan underneath to catch fluids.
You might not be mowing your lawn in the winter, but many of us are still raking leaves from trees that lose their leaves late in the season. Leaves that are washed into the street can clog storm drains and pollute streams as they decay.
- If you receive city trash pick-up and have not received leaf collection yet, rake your leaves to the edge of your yard or sidewalk, not into the street. Find out more about leaf collection at www.lexingtonky.gov/leaves.
- Leaves can be placed in your gray Lenny cart or in brown paper yard waste bags. Bag coupons were available in the LiveGreenLexington newsletter that was mailed to your house. If you need more coupons, contact LexCall at 311 or 425-CALL.
Fido and Fluffy still do their duty in the winter, so picking up pet waste is a year-round activity. Seven of Fayette County's nine watersheds have impaired streams due to bacteria and organic enrichment, which can be caused by pet waste. You can help keep our creeks clean and healthy by bagging pet waste and throwing it away, whether it's in your yard, on a sidewalk or in a park.