Re: Road salt reduction ideas
2007-07-31 08:58:20 UTC
Here at the Region of Waterloo, we have been doing a lot of work on reducing road salt, both for the transportation sector (roads) as well as the ICI sector (parking lots and sidewalks). We are currently updating our website, so I'm afraid I can't point you directly there for information yet (soon hopefully!). Having said that, I'm more than happy to chat with you about these projects. We will be piloting a new recognition program this winter for snow contractors and their clients. I look forward to hearing from you.
Leanne Lobe, BES
Supervisor, Source Water Protection Programs
Region of Waterloo
150 Frederick Street, 7th Floor
Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3
Rural water quality - a new initiative in Ontario, Canada
2007-07-05 13:25:33 UTC
Here is another initiative which is being developed to improve rural water quality. Please read the overview below and then follow the link for more information.
Leanne Lobe, BES
Hydrogeology & Source Water Region of Waterloo
The Clean Water Act, 2006, establishes the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship Program (Stewardship Program), a new program that will help farmers and small rural businesses take action to reduce threats to local drinking water sources. To help create the framework that will govern this program, the Ontario government established an eleven member advisory panel comprised of representatives from the agricultural, municipal, agri-business, conservation authority and non-governmental organization sectors. The mandate of the advisory panel was to provide expert advice on how the funding program should be administered and allocated in future years.
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 2: PURPOSE AND PRINCIPLES - This chapter provides a purpose statement for the Stewardship Program and a set of mutually-reinforcing principles that would underlie the development and operation of the program. These principles are intended to assist in prioritizing the type and scope of activities that could be supported financially by the program.
CHAPTER 3: COST SHARING - This chapter of the report provides cost sharing principles and advice that should be used to inform the cost sharing framework of the Stewardship Program. In addition, selected examples of existing municipal, provincial, and federal cost share programs are briefly described in this chapter.
CHAPTER 4: PROGRAM DELIVERY - This chapter of the report highlights principles and advice with respect to the delivery of the Stewardship Program. The panel advises that decisions on program delivery should be based on fostering partnerships and integration. In particular, the panel envisions a program delivery structure that is flexible enough to support local solutions to source protection issues; optimizes the co-benefits realized by integrating the Stewardship Program with other environmental, agricultural and economic development programs where appropriate and available; and commits to continuous improvement in program delivery.
CHAPTER 5: EDUCATION AND OUTREACH - This chapter provides advice on the principles to be used to inform the education and outreach component of the Stewardship Program. The panel advises that targeted education needs to be an integral component of the development and implementation of source protection activities. The panel also stressed the importance of partnerships with respect to education and outreach.
CHAPTER 6: FINAL ADVICE AND REFLECTIONS - This chapter identifies issues (for example, private wells and septic systems), that while outside of the panel's formal mandate, came up in the course of its discussions and may require further consideration in another appropriate forum.
APPENDIX I: Biographies of Advisory Panel Members
APPENDIX II: Presentations to the Advisory Panel
Rural Water Quality Program - Ontario, Canada
2007-07-04 16:22:56 UTC
The Rural Water Quality Program (RWQP) has been a very successful program at acheiving behaviour change among our rural populations. It provides financial cost-share incentives to farmers who implement projects which will improve the quality of rural water resources. Projects may include manure storage, well upgrades, restricting livestock from water courses, etc. The program is a joint initiative between area municipalities (provide funding dollars) and the Grand River Conservation Authority (administers the program). For more information, please check out the GRCA website (http://www.grandriver.ca/index/document.cfm?sec=25&sub1=0&sub2=0) which provides details about the program.
Leanne Lobe, BES
Hydrogeology & Source Water
Region of Waterloo
Classifying Businesses and Institutions
2006-07-20 13:40:51 UTC
I'm looking for guidance as to how to categorize the private sector for some research about site maintenance. For example: Light manufacturing, retail outlets, educational institutions, apartments etc... Other categories?
Thank you in advance.
Private De-icing Salt Use
2006-07-18 09:39:06 UTC
I am developing programs to acheive reductions of de-icing salt use on private sites. Specifically our target audience for these programs are companies/institutions which have large paved land areas that require winter maintenance and use large quantities of salt. We are not targetting homeowners. I have compiled a list of behaviours (see below) which will minimize the impacts of salt on our groundwater resources. Does anyone have (or leads to) information which will help me to identify which behaviours are most likely to be completed by industry and institutions or which will acheive the greatest reduction of chloride impacts?
Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Water Resources Protection Region of Waterloo
List of Salt Reduction Behaviours:
Shut down areas not requiring maintenance
Locate snow stockpiles away from paved areas
Intercept drainage and direct it away from paved areas
Plow snow to the low side of the paved area
Redirect water from roof drains to grassed areas or into the ground
Improve drainage so melt water does not accumulate
Repair catch basins to eliminate ponding
Repair rough/broken pavement
Revise site design to facilitate mechanical snow removal
Cover salt stockpiles
Store salt stockpiles on an impermeable pad
Direct site drainage away from stored salt
Load salt under cover
Have spill containment for liquid storage tanks
Protect liquid storage tanks from vehicle impacts
Install snow fencing to reduce/eliminate snow drifting
Use a liquid anti-icer
Plow before applying de-icers
Use alternative de-icing products
Corporate De-icing Salt Reduction
2006-05-09 01:11:40 UTC
I am developing and designing a corporate de-icing salt reduction program. To complement the work that has been done to reduce road salt on our transportation networks, we are interested in reducing de-icing salt applications from the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sectors. I would like to make contact with others who have looked or are looking into this issue. Particularly, we are interested in any research that has been done on the following:
- Regulatory options
- Behaviour change programs
- Measuring/estimating ICI salt application rates
- Efforts to minimize the liability barrier (ie. insurance claim risks)
We have initiated some projects and research and would be willing to share our data as well.
Thanks for your help.
Water Resources Protection
Region of Waterloo