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MAT Staff August 10, 2020

Free MPCA Smart Salting Online Certification Trainings

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All MPCA Smart Salting Certification Trainings are now available online. All online trainings are open to anyone, providing more access to the different types of trainings that best fit your work. You may find it advantageous to sign up for one hosted by a local organization near you, providing the chance to connect to local partners, advocates and businesses.

Does training really make a difference?  Yes, it does! In Dakota County, the MPCA and its partners tracked effectiveness of Smart Salting training through two winters. Fourteen months after the county’s snow plow drivers took the course, the evaluation showed measurable improvements. In the first season after the training, the county used 14,175 tons of salt for 35 snow events (average: 405 tons per event). In the next season, the county used 9,585 tons of salt for 27 events (average: 355 tons per event).

All participants must pass the online test to get certified. Certificates are sent electronically. Sign up below for Smart Salting trainings that meet your needs: Parking Lots & Sidewalks, Property Management, Roads, or Turfgrass Maintenance Certifications, or visit the MPCA Smart Salting training calendar for specifics. General questions can be directed to smartsalting.pca@state.mn.us.

MPCA Smart Salting for Parking Lots & Sidewalks

Audience: For those who maintain or contract with private or public professionals that manage parking lots, walkways, sidewalks, service roads and more.

August 14 – Hosted by City of Plymouth. Register here.

August 20 – Hosted by Rice Creek Watershed District. Register here.

August 26 – Hosted by Koochiching Soil & Water Conservation District. Email host to register.

August 27 – Hosted by City of Rochester. Email host to register.

September 2 – Hosted by Nine Mile Creek Watershed. Register here.

September 15 – Hosted by Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. Register here.

September 16 – Hosted by City of Hutchinson. Email host to register.

MPCA Smart Salting for Property Management

Audience: For those who manage properties, influence winter maintenance activities or want high-level information to make more informed decisions

August 26 – Hosted by City of Rochester. Email host to register.

August 28 – Hosted by Crow Wing Soil & Water Conservation District. Email host to register.

MPCA Smart Salting for Roads

Audience: For those who maintain high and low speed roads

August 13 – Hosted by Anoka Conservation District. Register here.

August 18 – Hosted City of Bloomington. Email host to register.

August 19 – Hosted by Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District. Email host to register.

August 25 – Hosted by Koochiching Soil & Water Conservation District. Email host to register.

August 27 – Hosted by Crow Wing Soil & Water Conservation District. Email host to register.

August 31 – Hosted by City of Cloquet. Email host to register.

August 31 – Hosted by Dakota County and Vermillion River Watershed. Email host to register.

MPCA Turfgrass Maintenance Certification

Audience: Winter maintenance professionals are also often in charge of maintaining turfgrass and other landscape plants, another source of chloride pollution.

August 13 – Hosted by Rice Creek Watershed District. Email host to register.

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