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Annex C

Monitoring And Measuring Progress

The purpose of Annex C is to provide a common approach to monitoring and measuring progress in road salt use, the implementation of best management practices with respect to road salts, and the concentration of road salts in the environment. Information collected will be used in conjunction with additional winter severity weather data provided by the Meteorological Service of Canada, environmental monitoring data collected from case studies and water quality monitoring programs, and road safety data provided by Transport Canada to determine the extent and effectiveness of implementation of the Code of Practice.

Information to be provided to Environment Canada by organizations is described below.

  1. Background Information

    • Organization
      • Name and address;
      • Technical contact, telephone and fax numbers, and electronic mail address;
      • Population (municipalities only).
    • Salt Management Plan
      • Existence of a salt management plan;
      • Date of approval of the salt management plan;
      • Date of latest revision of the salt management plan, where applicable.
    • Road Length Serviced
      • Total length of road on which salt is applied in the organization’s jurisdiction.
    • Winter Severity
      • Organization’s rating of the severity of the winter;
      • Municipal Organizations Only – Total number of events requiring salt application during the winter averaged over all districts within the organization’s jurisdiction.

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  2. Materials Used
    • Total quantity of road salts used for winter road maintenance;
    • Description of non-chloride materials used for winter road maintenance.
  3. Material Storage
    • Organization’s objectives for implementing best management practices related to material storage, as indicated in its salt management plan;
    • State of implementation of each management practice.
  4. Winter Road Maintenance Equipment and Road Salt Application Practices
    • Organization’s objectives for implementing best management practices related to road maintenance equipment and salt application practices, as indicated in its salt management plan;
    • State of implementation of each management practice;
    • State of calibration program for equipment.
  5. Snow Disposal
    • Organization’s objectives for implementing best management practices related to snow disposal, as indicated in its salt management plan;
    • State of implementation of each management practice.
  6. Winter Road Maintenance Training
    • Existence of a winter road maintenance training program related to the organization’s salt management plan;
    • Organization’s objectives for training of personnel, as indicated in its salt management plan;
    • State of training of personnel.
  7. Areas Vulnerable to Road Salts
    • Existence of areas vulnerable to road salts;
    • Description of additional salt management practices undertaken by the organization in identified vulnerable areas, where applicable.
  8. Environmental Monitoring
    • Chloride concentration and frequency of sampling at each sampling location, if available.
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