Evergreen trees in western Wisconsin – the Hudson area specifically – are dying. It may be related to the drought, but forestry specialists still aren’t sure why it’s so centralized. In Minneapolis’ Theodore Wirth Park, evergreens seem to be green and healthy. And the Minnesota DNR says they have not seen a dying evergreen problem on the state’s east side.
Just how snowy was Minnesota’s winter and spring? The road salt tells the tale. The Minnesota Department of Transportation this week tallied the road salt usage for the winter driving season. It came in at more than 304,500 tons.
MnDOT officials say they are ready for the freezing rain and two to four inches of snow expected to fall between Friday night and late Saturday in the metro area. They want drivers to be prepared for the conditions by practicing safe winter driving habits.
Amid a mild winter that’s sparing Minnesota the need to spread as much road salt as it often does, experts and officials will be gathering in Chaska to learn about ways to reduce the impact of salt pollution.
Road salt is a major tool for removing snow from roads, but it’s also a threat to lakes.
It is the winter hitch-hiker, none of us wants on our cars: Road salt. But how much damage does salt really do? And how often should we get our car washed?