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Light Michigan winter means less salt use, which is a good thing for the state

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We’ve reported on a number of negative impacts on Michigan’s environment and economy after the mild winter — but there is good news, as well.

The warmest winter weather on record created a number of problems for snow tourism, the lakes, the economy, and even fishing. But the good news is that use of road salt across the state was down 37% for the winter. That’s a significant change, according to Bridge Michigan.

Unless the state sees a late-season snowstorm, Michigan expects to use 175,000 fewer tons of salt. That saves the state and its taxpayers about $10 million. It also results in less briny runoff into the soil and waterways, which helps to eliminate the risk of deep water dead zones and has positive impacts on the chemistry of the water.



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