Salmon-Safe recognizes the wintertime balance between public safety on ice- or

snow-covered roads and environmental protection. We seek to inform companies

and institutions that have achieved Salmon-Safe accreditation and certification,

including road maintenance departments, about options for reducing toxicity

of road deicing chemicals and potential negative effects on salmon and other

aquatic life in water bodies receiving road runoff.

From a salmon protection perspective, the specification of a deicer should be especially

carefully evaluated when a road drains to any relatively small, salmon-supporting

water body. If deicer use cannot be avoided in such cases, the best protection

is to channel runoff through an extensive vegetated area to capture

and hold the potentially harmful deicer components.