We use our Salt Management Plan to guide how we use salt while ensuring safe driving conditions for travellers. Some of the tools we use for salt management include:
Weather monitoring and forecasting with Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS) - RWIS is used to give advanced forecasting when weather events are heading into Peel so that the best winter road maintenance application is used. If you are travelling you can view current weather conditions at Local Peel Weather, a public website.
Snow Storage and Melt Water Treatment Facility - If there are consecutive large snow events in a winter season, snow may need to be removed from the road boulevard to a separate snow storage facility. This dirty snow can be handled in an environmentally responsible way by ensuring it melts slowly and is treated before being released into the environment. A long-term snow storage facility is currently being investigated.
Improved salt storage and handling - We use best practices for salt storage and handling ensuring that we have enough product on hand and that it is protected from rain and snow.
Route planning - Route planning saves time, money and the environment through efficient use of anti-icing applications.
Drifting snow creates challenges and hazardous driving conditions. Snow fences help to keep blowing snow off the road resulting in less salt usage, fewer truck trips and less fuel consumption.
We use 3 different types of fences to manage blowing snow:
Wooden snow fences can be installed on residential properties annually in the fall and removed in the spring by authority of the Municipal Act
Natural snow fences use existing corn crops purposely left on the field over the winter season to act as a natural barrier to blowing snow. Farmers are financially compensated for leaving the crop standing over the winter and can harvest it in the spring.
Living Snow Fences use planted trees and shrubs located just outside of the road right-of-way along rural roads to reduce the effects of blowing snow. Plants are considered a permanent fixture and are supplied at no cost to the landowner in a partnership with Conservation Authorities.
For further information on participating in either the Natural Snow Fence or Living Snow Fence program, please call 905-791-7800.
Our Natural Snow Fence Program began at 500 metres and has grown to 12,000 metres.