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Is the Greening of the Green Industry Turning into an Assault on Turf Grass?

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, August 31, 2018
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Treatments and Timing of Wild Parsnip

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, August 31, 2018
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Meet the goats and humans fighting invasive plants, one munch at a time

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, August 31, 2018
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MPCA Smart Salting training and certification

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, August 3, 2018

Have you considered what happens to the tons of salt that are spread on our roads, parking lots, and sidewalks each winter? Most of it ends up in lakes, streams, wetlands, and groundwater. It only takes one teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water. Our fresh water lakes and rivers are getting saltier and saltier, which harms the fish, bugs and other organisms living in them.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Smart Salting trainings will teach you how to effectively keep roads, parking lots, and sidewalks safe while protecting Minnesota’s iconic lakes and rivers. The training can also save you money: Many previous participants have reduced their salt use by 30% - 70%!

You can also let your clients know you’re protecting the environment with the voluntary Smart Salting certification; you or your organization will be listed as certified on the MPCA web site.

We offer a Level 1 (individual) and Level 2 (organizational) Smart Salting certification for both private and public sector participants. Level 1 includes a roads class and a parking lots/sidewalks class. The Level 2 certification features an assessment tool which aids in budget planning. Level 1 Training topics:

  • How you can make changes to protect our water
  • The effect of salt on our lakes, rivers and groundwater
  • How de-icers, abrasives, pre-wetting, and anti-icing work
  • Selection of the best product for the conditions
  • Equipment calibration
  • Application rates
  • New maintenance methods
  • Cost savings tips

Level 2 Training topics:

  • Overview of the Impact salt has on our water resources
  • Steps to become Level 2 certified for your organization
  • Introduction to the Smart Salting Assessment tool (SSAt)
  • Explore SSAt with guided instruction on a computer provided in the lab
  • How to utilize the SSAt reports

Visit the MPCA’s Smart Salting training webpage for more information an upcoming trainings: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/salt-application-training#road-maintenance-a2ce9349

Tags:  certification  landscape management  MPCA  salt  snow management 

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Start with students

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, August 3, 2018
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Another city moving toward full ban on gas-powered landscaping equipment

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, August 3, 2018
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July Weed of the Month: Giant Hogweed

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, August 3, 2018
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Can gardening help with promoting mental health?

Posted By MNLA eNews, Thursday, June 14, 2018
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Fourth Generation Family Owned Dealership Offers Five Tips for Lasting Success

Posted By MNLA eNews, Thursday, June 14, 2018
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MDA to set over 20,000 traps statewide to survey for gypsy moth

Posted By MNLA eNews, Thursday, June 14, 2018
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