Salt may be an easy way to get rid of snow and ice, but it pollutes wetlands, streams, and groundwater. It also kills trees and grass as well as corroding auto bodies, metal bridges, and underground cables. Shovel your driveway and sidewalk before the snow gets packed down and icy. If the pavement is still slick, use sand or sand mixed with salt to provide some traction and melt the snow. After the snow melts, sweep up the sand to keep it out of storm drains and waterways.
Sweep Driveways, Patios, Walkways & Sidewalks
Sweeping paved areas ensure that sediment, debris, and the contaminants they carry are disposed of properly and are not washed into our streams and rivers. Rather than rinsing these areas down with a garden hose, simply sweep the area into a dustpan and empty it into your trash.
Use Permeable Technology for Driveways, Patios, Walkways & Sidewalks
Instead of using traditional pavement or concrete for our driveways, patios, and sidewalks, we can use permeable technology such as porous asphalt, pervious concrete, or permeable pavers, which come in many options and designs. These technologies help to reduce stormwater runoff and increase infiltration of water into the ground, ultimately improving water quality, replenishing groundwater, and decreasing flooding and erosion.