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OAKVILLE (July 17, 2018) Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) is pleased to see the release of the Good Practices for Winter Maintenance in Salt Vulnerable Areas. This guidance was developed by a multi-stakeholder group, co-chaired by the Ontario Good Roads Association and Conservation Ontario, and comprised of members from municipalities, conservation authorities, as well as provincial and federal governments.
Road salt is commonly used for maintaining road safety during winter, and also to suppress dust on unpaved roads. Excess road salt impacts watershed health, affecting our surface and groundwater resources including drinking water sources.
“We are very pleased with the extensive collaboration between OGRA member municipalities and the Conservation Ontario, aimed at recognizing the mandates to road vehicles’ safety alongside environmental considerations. All team members have done a great job in finding the right balance.” Joe Tiernay, OGRA Executive Director said.
The good practices guidance is a living document that currently focusses on protecting municipal drinking water sources that have high levels of sodium or chloride. These practices can be considered by municipalities in salt management plans, by contractors who manage parking lots, and for risk management plans developed under the Clean Water Act.
OGRA represents the interest of over 400 municipalities in the province of Ontario on various topics, including winter operations.
For more information:
Joe W. Tiernay, OGRA Executive Director
Fahad Shuja, OGRA Member Service Coordinator
Join the conversation about this Heads Up Alert at the OGRA Interchange
The mandate of the Ontario Good Roads Association is to represent the transportation and public works interests of municipalities through advocacy, consultation, training and the delivery of identified services.