City of Superior - ESD: News & Events 

Upcoming Events

Salt your Fries, Not our Freshwater: 

Salt Reduction Champions share their Stories

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Thursday, December 10, 2020 

12 pm - 1 pm

Is your community over-salting roadways and drinking water? What are the hidden costs of excessive salt use to our roads, bridges, vehicles, wildlife, human health, and freshwater resources? Learn from municipalities and a university that have adopted best winter maintenance practices to keep pavement safe, save money, and cut their addictions to salt.

This Sustainable Strategies Webinar will feature salt reduction success stories from:

  • Jim Paine, Mayor of the City of Superior, WI;
  • Mary Jo Lange, Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the City of Cudahy, WI; 
  • Wes Enterline, Sustainability Director at UW-Whitewater; and,
  • Allison Madison from WI Salt Wise.

Mayor PaineThe City of Superior's mayor, Jim Paine, is consistent in his message to the community that one of the most essential roles in the region is to keep Lake Superior healthy and clean. Mayor Paine supports the changes in the City's salt use reduction initiatives and aims to demonstrate leadership that helps protect our natural resources and waterways.

CudahyMary Jo Lange, PE is the Director of Public Works/City Engineer – which includes oversight and management of the City of Cudahy’s Public Works Department, Engineering Department, Sanitary Utility, Surface Water Treatment Facility, and water distribution and Storm Water Utility. Mary Jo has been a public works director for the past 21 years and has been very involved in balancing the difficulties of managing snow operations and public expectations with the effect deicers have on the environment. 

Wes EnterlineWes Enterline is the Sustainability Director at UW-Whitewater and works in the Facilities Planning and Management Department on various projects related to resource or process efficiencies to lower operating costs. Wes will speak to the snow removal and salt use strategies employed at the Whitewater campus by the FP&M Grounds Crew, which is primarily focused on sidewalk and parking lot snow removal, including specific practices, barriers, savings, and other lessons learned from experimenting with more environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient practices.

Allison MadisonAllison Madison joined the WI Salt Wise Partnership as their first dedicated staff person in June 2020. Since then, she has worked to slow the salting of our freshwater by deepening and broadening the network of salt reduction (aka freshwater) champions across the state.


Road salt (sodium chloride) is everywhere during the winter months. It keeps us safe on roads and sidewalks but can pose a threat to fish and wildlife as well as human health!

You can take action.

Request your FREE Salt Watch Test kit using by clicking hereYour kit will include everything you need to determine whether road salt pollution is a problem in your local stream.

The City of Superior - ESD will participate in Winter Salt Watch this Winter 2020! If you have any questions or would like to participate, contact Megan at

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