---- — CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — The state of New Hampshire wants to reduce the amount of salt used on private roads, driveways and parking lots in the winter, so it's offering a special program for snowplow operators.
Eric Williams of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services tells WMWV-FM that water bodies in New Hampshire, mostly in southeastern areas, have too much chloride in them because of excess salt runoff, a significant portion of it generated by winter plowing operations.
Commercial plow operators now can become certified through the University of New Hampshire Technology Transfer Center's Green Snowpro Training Program.
The goal is to teach them how to use just the right amount of salt. Plow operators who become certified, properly apply the salt and keep accurate records of it aren't liable for damages arising from snow or ice, nor are the property owners who hire them.
The initial certification, a five-hour course, teaches how salt works, how to apply it under different weather conditions and how to calibrate a spreader.
An application form can be found at www.des.nh.gov under "Salt Reduction Initiative" under the A-Z list.