Northland winters are tough, and especially when we have icy ones like this year. Plows have been salting and sanding roads for months, and now we are seeing the piles of it on the road. While it may seem harmless, this salt and sand makes its way to Lake Superior and the St. Louis River.

This can be harmful to the environment. Road salt at higher concentrations can actually kill aquatic animals. It also can cause water to mix differently, creating salt pockets on the bottom and create dead zones in the water, according to Queen's University. They even speculate that by the year 2050 salt levels in United States lakes and rivers will become outside of healthy levels.

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The City Of Duluth is asking the public once again to help out by sweeping up salt and sand and disposing it in containers across the city. They posted a message on their Facebook page. They say the weather is perfect the next couple of days to get this done and help out the environment. They have placed five containers across the city. They are located at:

  • Duluth Heights Community Club
  • Piedmont Community Club
  • Wheeler Field
  • Portman Park
  • Chester Bowl

They say last year that Duluthians collected 30 tons of road salt and sand from Duluth streets. The bins this year will be out until April 22, so you have plenty of time to dispose of the salt and sand. They encourage families to get out and enjoy the spring like temperatures. While we have a cold front this week, warmer temperatures and dry conditions are expected to continue through Easter weekend.

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