Through Salt Smart, our partners offer yearly deicing workshops and webinars. Registration for the 2021 Virtual Deicing Workshops is now open.

2021 Virtual Winter Deicing Workshops

Workshop Registration

Use the links below to register for the virtual deicing workshops. Each workshop is from 8 AM to 12 PM.

Workshop FAQs

No, the $45 registration fee is for the link to join a particular webinar and can be shared among the staff.  If staff is joining webinars on different dates, then the fee must be paid for each webinar date. 

The login you will be sent can be used in more than one location.

Due to the unprecedented situation posed by COVID-19 the presenting organizations felt it was incredibly important to continue to offer this training even if costs were not covered by registration fees. With the training being virtual this year, we hope to have more participation across our region that will also help to offset costs.

After registering through EventBrite you will receive an email with a link and password to join the webinar. If you cannot register online, contact Nancy Cinatl at 630-428-4500 ext. 120 or ncinatl@theconservationfoundation.org to process the payment and receive the link.

No, the workshops are being offered on multiple dates to accommodate schedules.

These trainings are good for both your staff that clear snow and ice as well as program managers and administrative staff that interact with residents or customers.

Yes! Participation in the workshops should be included in your annual MS4 report (for entities that have an MS4 permit). Circulating/encouraging private deicing companies that operate in your community can also be included in your MS4 report.

Yes, this is a great way to meet this requirement for your staff as well as encouraging any contractors that you hire to sign up for the trainings.

Yes, the training will be live and participants will be able to ask questions through a Q&A box.

No, due to the proprietary nature of these trainings, they will not be recorded.

Yes, you can request a certificate for 4 PDH’s after the webinar is completed. Requests can be sent to Nancy Cinatl at ncinatl@theconservationfoundation.org

Webinars

Salt Wise Wednesday Webinars

Join Wisconsin Salt Wise for a series of Wednesday Webinars, the first Wednesday of each month at noon. Webinar recordings will be available on their YouTube channel.

Wednesday, August 4: Get Salt Wise with Private Contractors

Owners and managers from private winter maintenance companies in the Madison-area discuss their transitions to Salt Wise practices after attending a Smart Salting workshop. Matt Maier, Envirosealers, Jeremy Johnson, The Bruce Company, and Dan Dean, MAD Plowing & Mowing, will share tips and tricks on application rates that work, brine use for parking lots and sidewalks, and conversations with customers.

Wednesday, September 1: Mayo Clinic says, “Hold the Salt”

From financial savings on salt, to reduced damage to infrastructure, and everything in-between, learn from Matt Donovan, Facilities Manager, how Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus 50% drop in salt use has been a win-win-win with no impact to their level of service.

Wednesday, October 6: Brine 101

Looking for a primer on how to incorporate salt brine into your winter maintenance toolbelt? Matt Wittum, Town of Linn Highway Superintendent, is your man. Matt helped design and lead the smart salting training program in northern Illinois before jumping across the border. He has published several articles on brine use and is eager to assist others in any way he can.

Technical Briefs - Short Recorded Webinars

The Salt Smart Collaborative offered a free series of Winter Technical Briefs in a webinar format last fall. Recordings of the webinars are posted below.

Reducing Salt with Organics - The Boost & Reduce Method

Sourcewell & Cooperative Purchasing

The Benefits of Segmented Blades

The Fine Art of Brine Making