Webinar: Minimizing the Impact of Highway Snow and Ice Control on our Water Supply

Potomac River Basin Drinking Water Source Protection Partnership

The Urban Issues workgroup hosted a webinar – Minimizing the Impact of Highway Snow and Ice Control on our Water Supply: the Potomac River – in September 2012. This free webinar provided information to assist winter‐weather and public works professionals in evaluating winter maintenance materials and operations to help minimize the impact of snow and ice control programs on water resources, including the Potomac River.

The webinar covered:

  • the impact of road deicing activities on the Potomac River,
  • Maryland’s approach to statewide salt management planning,
  • recent research initiatives to evaluate winter maintenance materials and methods,
  • chemical alternatives available for winter roadway deicing, and
  • an overview of the regional cooperative available for purchasing winter weather chemicals.


Overview of Roadway Deicers and the Potomac River – Greg Prelewicz, Fairfax Water
Safe and Sustainable Roads Statewide Road Salt Management Plan, Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA)– Sandi Sauter, Maryland SHA
Ice Melters and the Environment – Challenges and Opportunities– Scott Koefod, Ph.D., Cargill Deicing Technology
Procuring Road Salt and Deicing Materials – Thomas Savoie, MWCOG Office of Administrative Services

Download the event flyer.

Many thanks to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments for providing the webinar software.