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.