Winter Weather

Winter has come in like a bear at our office in the greater Burlington area. Yesterday a wintery mix blanketed the region. Mark Bissonnette, from the town of Essex, was featured on local Fox 44 in the evening newscast to discuss the use  salt brine.

At a Road Maintenance and Stream Health Workshop held earlier this month in Waterbury, VTrans District Administrator Gil Newbury discussed the state’s pilot salt brine use program. Used properly, salt brine in winter maintenance can greatly reduce the volume of salt and sand spread on roadways, lessening its environmental impact. The workshop was organized by Vermont Local Roads, the Champlain Basin Program and the Friends of the Winooski River. Additional topic presenters were from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and the League of Cities and Towns.

Gil’s presentation is posted on our YouTube Channel. It’s copied below.


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