DEM recommends setting up snow disposal sites for cleaner water
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – With Rhode Island’s first snowfall well on its way, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is reminding Rhode Islanders to begin preparation for snow disposal.
Snow collected from roads, parking lots, and bridges may be contaminated with Road salt, sand, and litter that can ruin water supplies. To minimize risks, the DEM advises
- Setting up snow collection areas in upland areas away from water resources and wells. this will allow the snow to melt and leave behind debris.
- Maintain snow collection sites to keep them effective.
- Do not dispose of snow near water bodies or wetlands.
For more information on how to contain and dispose of snow, here is the DEM’s snow disposal policy. Here is the DEM’s website for more information.