Geneva wins Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award from Salt Institute
Geneva was one of 90 communities in North America to win a 2016 Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award from the Salt Institute.
Geneva has received nationwide attention four years in a row for its environmental consciousness and effective storage of winter salt.
The Salt Institute, in choosing its award recipients, graded cities on safety and service when clearing snow, as well as materials used, plowing performance, tactical choices before and during storms and environmental concerns. Geneva received high marks in all these categories.
According to the Salt Institute, planning for safe winter driving conditions, no matter what the weather, requires that cities plan ahead, both in acquiring enough road salt and in providing a safe storage facility for it. Communities chosen for the awards must show good maintenance and care of the salt storage areas, as well.
During the 2015-16 snowy season, the Geneva Public Works Department plowed 20 inches of snow from 14 different weather events. Trucks salted roads with 1,349 tons of salt across the city's 244 lane-miles of roadway.
More information about the city's snow-clearing program can be found online.
The Salt Institute is a nonprofit trade association that focuses on the positive aspects of salt, especially when it comes to cold-weather road safety, water quality and nutrition.