Winter weather has already started impacting our region this year. No one likes to slip and fall on the ice. It hurts. It’s embarrassing. And you’re often wet from where you hit the pavement. Before you visit the hardware store to purchase any deicing agents, please read the short articles below to help you make an informed purchase.
- “Cold Weather Suggestions” by the Clint River Watershed Council
- Winter Weather, Chemical Deicers and the Chesapeake Bay by Maryland’s Department of Nature Resources – This article includes a good discussion of the pros and cons for the salt alternatives
- “How to Deice the Bay-Friendly Way” by the Chesapeake Bay Program
The Stormwater Connection
Stormwater that flows down the storm drain goes directly to our local streams. When you apply deicing agents, whether it be salt, sand or a chemical, there’s a strong possibility that it will be washed into the street and down the storm drain with the snow and ice melt. On page 10 of the County’s municipal separate storm sewer system permit, the use of deicing materials on County property is discussed.