[Owrinfo] DEM ASKS GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND PRIVATE BUSINESSES TO CONSIDER MAKING EARLY PREPARATIONS IN ANTICIPATION OF THE UPCOMING WINTER SEASON BY SELECTING AND PREPARING POTENTIAL SNOW DISPOSAL SITES

Pena, Traci (DEM) traci.pena at DEM.RI.GOV
Thu Oct 16 13:51:32 EDT 2014


  News Release


RI Department of Environmental Management


235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908


(401) 222-2771   www.dem.ri.gov

  


For Release:  October 16, 2014

 

Contact:         Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402

                        

DEM ASKS GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND PRIVATE BUSINESSES TO CONSIDER MAKING
EARLY PREPARATIONS IN ANTICIPATION OF THE UPCOMING WINTER SEASON BY
SELECTING AND PREPARING POTENTIAL SNOW DISPOSAL SITES

 

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management is reminding
government agencies, municipalities and private businesses to take some
time this fall - before the ground is frozen and the first snowflakes
appear - to select and prepare potential snow disposal sites.

 

Finding a place to dispose of collected snow poses a challenge to
government agencies and businesses as they clear roads, parking lots,
bridges and sidewalks.  However, collected snow that is contaminated
with road salt, sand, litter and automotive pollutants can pose threats
to the environment and public health.  DEM's Office of Water Resources
has developed guidelines to assist state and municipal government
agencies and private businesses select, prepare and maintain appropriate
disposal sites for snow and ice which is not visibly contaminated with
material other than salt and sand from road clearance.  

 

There are several steps that can be taken to minimize the impacts of
snow disposal.  The key to selecting effective snow disposal sites is to
locate them adjacent to or on pervious surfaces in upland areas, away
from water resources and wells. At these locations, the snow melt water
can filter into the soil, leaving behind sand and debris which should be
removed as soon as possible but no later than springtime. In addition to
carefully selecting disposal sites before the winter begins, it is
important to prepare and maintain these sites to maximize their
effectiveness.  Steps can include installation of a silt fence or
barrier on the down-gradient side of the snow disposal site; maintenance
of a vegetative buffer between the site and adjacent water bodies; and
clearing debris from the site prior to and after using the area for snow
disposal.  

 

 Additional information on site selection procedures, site preparation
and maintenance, and emergency snow disposal is provided in the DEM's
Snow Disposal Policy, which is available on DEM's website at 
www.dem.ri.gov <http://www.dem.ri.gov/>  by clicking on "Snow Disposal
Policy" under "Timely Topics" on the right side of the homepage.  For
questions about the guidelines, contact Brian Lafaille in DEM's Office
of Water Resources at 222-4700 ext. 7731 or via email at 
brian.lafaille at dem.ri.gov <mailto:brian.lafaille at dem.ri.gov> .

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