In snow belt regions we now consider road salt to be vital for the safety of drivers and necessary to sustaining our business community in the winter. Residents and operators of service and emergency vehicles expect and often need to travel during winter storms. Yet the environmental and structural damage caused by road salt is reaching unacceptable levels. The need to reduce road salt is greater now than ever. To accomplish this while maintaining a reasonable level of service is achievable, but will require adoption of a variety of methods and management plans.