3rd Annual Salt Summit - 2017

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Best Practices for Reducing Salt Use —

See Leading Edge Technology and New Equipment in Action!

The 3rd Annual Salt Summit was hosted in Ticonderoga on October 5th, 2017. Presentations are below. You can also view last year's presentations and more about what you can personally do to reduce salt use.


Chris Navitsky PE, Lake George Waterkeeper

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Supervisor Joe Giordano, Town of Ticonderoga

Summit Introduction

Best Practices Agreement: The Basis for Effective Road Salt Reduction

Eric Siy, Executive Director, The FUND for Lake George

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Step One: Measure

Trajectories of Salinization and Recovery from Road Salting for Soils and Streams Tributary to Lake George

Jim Sutherland, Ph.D., The FUND for Lake George Council of Science Advisors

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Update on Lake George Salt Initiative – Year 1 Results

Raqib Omer, CEO, Viaesys

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Step Two: Prevent

Safe, Sustainable, and Cost Effective…The Power of Brine

Pam Buckley, SnowEx

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Step Three: Optimize

Hold the Salt: A Park-Wide Approach

Brittany Christenson, ADKAction.org

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Effective Snow Removal

Paul Vanderzon, MetalPless

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Step Four: Improve

Municipal Snow & Ice Management Policy

Bill Lamy, Retired Superintendent, Warren County DPW

Sustainable Winter Management (SWiM) Certification Model

Phill Sexton, WIT Advisers

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Summit Takeaways

Establishing an Adaptable Model: Full Implementation of Best Practices Agreement Basin-Wide

Phill Sexton, WIT Advisers

Mayor Robert Blais, Village of Lake George

Final Remarks

Nate Clemmer, CEO, SynaTek



  • Measure – GPS Tracking (Viaesys)
  • Prevent – Brine Making and Application (Douglas Dynamics)
  • Optimize – Live Edge Plow (Metal Pless)
  • Optimize – Pre-Wetting (Fisher Snowplows)

This event is made possible by the generosity of our event sponsors and partners: AdkAction.org*, Douglas Dynamics, Inc., The FUND for Lake George, The Lake George Association, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute*, RBC Blue Water Project, The S.A.V.E. Lake George Partnership, Secure Winter Products, Town of Ticonderoga, and WIT Advisers.

*Funding provided by the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Any opinions, findings, and/or interpretations of data contained herein are the responsibility of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions, interpretations or policy of Rochester Institute of Technology and its NYS Pollution Prevention Institute or the State.

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