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

2021 Winter Deicing Workshops

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Public Roads

  • September 30, 2021
  • October 5, 2021
  • October 12, 2021

Parking Lots & Sidewalks

  • September 28, 2021
  • October 7, 2021

Registration will be available Summer 2021.

Workshop FAQs

No, the $40 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 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

Webinar Series

Winter Technical Briefs

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