The Ausable River Association’s (AsRA) has released a salt use survey for residents, businesses, and independent contractors in Lake Placid, with emphasis on Mirror Lake. Developed in partnership with the Adirondack Watershed Institute, the survey is essential to determining the amount of salt entering Mirror Lake and the Chubb River.
The salt survey is specific to residents and businesses in the Chubb River watershed. The watershed encompasses the area surrounding Lake Placid and includes the Village of Lake Placid. Completing the survey will take approximately 5-20 minutes, depending on the size of the area that you care for in your winter maintenance.
Survey questions include what you use to remove snow and ice, for example, a shovel, snow blower, sand, salt, and/or brine etc. The survey aims to gauge the level of service that is desired. For example, is the goal of your winter maintenance to achieve hard compact snow without ice, wet pavement with some residual snow and ice, or completely dry pavement?
There are no right or wrong answers in terms of quantities used or goals. Instead, it is essential to get an accurate accounting from all private users of salt.
The survey can be filled out online. The survey can also be provided over the phone, and a print version can be made available by contacting the Ausable River Association. Complete the survey for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the Bookstore Plus or a $100 gift card to Green Goddess Natural Market.
Photo of Mirror Lake courtesy Ausable River Association.