Development of a Snow and Ice Control Environmental Best Management Practices Manual

The goal of this research project was to analyze and make comparisons of the impacts of abrasives, chlorides, acetates, formates, glycerols, glycols, and organic by-products; and to compile the current environmental best practices for using chlorides. To accomplish this, a literature review sought information on the impacts of chemical deicers and abrasives and their associated impacts to air, surface and ground water, roadside soils, flora and fauna. The review also documented currently available knowledge of cost-effective equipment, practices, and strategies that allow snow and ice control operators to use the right amount of material in the right place at the right time, in an effort to achieve the “Triple Bottom line” of sustainability (economy, social, and environmental). A survey and interviews were used capture information from winter maintenance practitioners on the current state-of-the-practice, best practices, and lesson learned. The interviews were developed into Case Studies. The information captured in the previous tasks was further analyzed and processed into easy-to-use at-a-glance tables, which have been incorporated in to the manual. All of the information captured in the aforementioned tasks was used to create the Snow and Ice Control Environmental Best Practices Manual, the principal deliverable for this project.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 68p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01640751
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CR 13-01
  • Contract Numbers: 99006; Project CR13-01; Pooled Fund TPF-5(218)
  • Created Date: Jul 6 2017 11:30AM