While salt keeps Wisconsin roads safe during winter, using more salt than needed comes at a price. In Wisconsin and much of the U.S., chlorides from salt are infiltrating lakes, streams, and groundwater. According to Wisconsin Salt Wise, one teaspoon of salt is all it takes to make five gallons of water toxic for freshwater organisms.
The DNR measures chloride levels in Wisconsin rivers over time, monitoring cumulative chloride loading results at 26 of the state’s largest river systems. Recent studies have shown a steep increase in chloride loads. In the early 2000s, the DNR measured about 600,000 tons of chlorides annually. By 2018, that number increased to nearly 800,000 tons per year. Fifty lakes and one stream in Wisconsin have been designated as impaired by high salt concentrations.
These increased chloride loads are partly due to road salting, but chlorides also enter Wisconsin waters because of water softeners and fertilizers.
Reducing salt use is key to decreasing chloride loads. Follow these steps to right-size your salt use:
Shovel: Clear walkways and other areas before the snow turns to ice. The more snow removed manually, the less salt you will need and the more effective it will be.
Scatter: When using salt, scatter it so that there is space between the grains. A 12-ounce coffee mug of salt is enough to treat an entire 20-foot driveway or 10 sidewalk squares. If you see oversalting, follow these simple steps to help educate others about salt.
Switch: Salt won’t work when pavement temperatures drop below 15 degrees. Switch to sand for traction or a different ice melter that works at lower temperatures.
January 31, 2023 Real Estate Taxes Due
Regular Board Meeting November 21st at 6:30pm.
Village Offices closed November 24th & 25th.
Yard Waste Center to close November 30th (weather permitting).
YARD WASTE CENTER CLOSING NOVEMBER 30, 2022, FOR THE SEASON- WEATHER PERMITTING.
TRICK OR TREATING – 10/31/2022 FROM 4PM-7PM
EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2022:
Per State and Federal regulations the Village Hall Drop Box will be closed due to the the upcoming election. The drop box will re-open on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.
Any payments or correspondence may be mailed or dropped off during normal business hours.
Saturday, September 3, 2022 from 7am to noon for Twin Lakes Residents ONLY.
THERE WILL BE NO RESIDENT PARKING PLACARDS FOR COUNTRY THUNDER THIS YEAR PER KENOSHA COUNTY.
The Village of Twin Lakes (population 6,050) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Sewer Operator. This position reports to the Head Sewer Operator and is responsible for maintenance of pumps, sewer equipment, and building maintenance. The Sewer Operator is expected to have strong knowledge of electrical and mechanical equipment. High school diploma and 3 years of equipment maintenance/mechanical experience required. Starting Salary: $50,499.70 plus an excellent benefit package. Occasional weekend and holiday work required. Applicants must submit a resume and job application form (available online at www.villageoftwinlakes.net “Jobs”) to Village Administrator Laura Roesslein at firstname.lastname@example.org. A job description can be obtained on the village website as well. Position open until filled.