2024 Salt Symposium

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The 2024 Salt Symposium will be held August 6-7, 2024. This event celebrates the optimization of salt use to improve community sustainability and protect vital freshwater systems and infrastructure.

The Salt Symposium brings together leaders from diverse economic sectors to learn about the impacts of chloride and reduction methods. Professionals from across the world will share their expertise on current research initiatives including water softening, wastewater, fertilizer, snow and ice management, and more.

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2024 Speaker Agenda

John McDaris
Using high-frequency measurements of specific conductance to infer real-time groundwater chloride concentrations
University of Minnesota, PhD Candidate

Christoph-Martin Geilfus
Chloride in Soil: From Nutrient to Soil Pollutant
Geisenheim University (Germany), Professor

Eric Peterson, Ph.D.
Chloride Source Delineation in an Urban-agricultural Watershed
Illinois State University, Professor

Eric Watkins
Optimization of Salt-tolerant Roadside Turfgrass Seed Mixtures
University of Minnesota, Professor

Claire Oleksiak
The Hard Task of Softening Water in Multifamily Housing
Sustain Dane (WI), Executive Director

Baishali Bakshi
Centralized Softening as a Solution to Chloride Pollution: an Empirical Analysis
Environmental Protection Agency, Economist

Emily Jones
Reducing Residential Salt Use in New Construction
Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, Pollution Prevention Specialist
Tim Young
City of Waukesha Softener Salt Optimization Program
City of Waukesha (WI), Pretreatment Coordinator 

Jim Fisher, P.E.
City of Waukesha Softener Salt Optimization Program
Jacobs Solutions, Senior Technologist
James Morin
Washington State DOT Tree Browning Monitoring Program
Washington State Department of Transportation, Maintenance Operations Branch Manager

Abby Hileman
Salt Watch Monitoring Program
Izaak Walton League of America, Salt Watch Coordinator

Ryan Sorichetti, Ph.D.
Influence of Roads on Chloride Levels
Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Environmental Scientist

Kimberly Engle
The Power and Challenges of Acetates
Cryotech, Senior Chemist
Lorna Murison
Relative Effectiveness of Rock Salt, Salt Brine and Beet Brine in Parking Lot Maintenance
Credit Valley Conservation (ON), Water Quality Coordinator

Bryan Gruidl
City of Bloomington’s WISE Plan
City of Bloomington (MN), Water Resources Manager

Jack Distel
City of Bloomington’s WISE Plan
City of Bloomington (MN), Water Resources Specialist

Bob Miller
Pavement Monitoring Panel
City of North Chicago (IL), Interim Public Works Director

Tina Greenfield
Pavement Monitoring Panel
Iowa Department of Transportation, RWIS Coordinator

Joseph Huneke
Pavement Monitoring Panel
Minnesota Department of Transportation

Amy Hanson
Heated Pavements Panel
City of Plymouth (MN), Fleet and Facilities Manager

Jeff Buch
Heated Pavements Panel
PaveDrain, Regional Manager

Jeff Genova
Heated Pavements Panel
City of Holland (MI), Downtown Development Coordinator

Mijia Yang, Ph.D., P.E.
Reduce Salt Usage by Preventing Snow Drifting on Roads – a Solar Snow Fence Technology
North Dakota State University, Professor

Kamal Hossain, Ph.D., P.E.
Performance of an Alternative Deicer with Invasive Starfish Extract Additive
Carleton University (ON), Professor

Platinum Sponsors

Mn MPCA logo
Cargill logo

Gold Sponsors

Metropolitan Council logo

Silver Sponsors

Kuper logo
Minnesota water quality association logo

Bronze Sponsors

Nine mile creek watershed district logo
Hennepin city logo
Minnesota Watersheds logo
Reinders logo
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District (RWMWD) logo
Lower Minnesota River Watershed District logo
Capitol Region Watershed District logo
Envirotech logo
Cryotech logo
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization logo

Special & Promotional Sponsors

Dakota county logo
Freshwater logo
Minnesota Erosion Control Association logo
MN Tap logo
Salt Watch logo
Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission logo
University of Minnesota St Anthony Falls Laboratory logo
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