Duluth Could Spend Money to Dump Snow in New Location

By KBJR News 1

December 7, 2010 Updated Dec 7, 2010 at 10:49 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Duluth is exploring spending money to dump snow in a new location, one possibility being Spirit Mountain.

The city has dumped snow near the harbor for many years, but some councilors are concerned over the salt and other road grime mixed in with the snow polluting Lake Superior.

The council passed a resolution last night to continue looking at alternatives such as an unused lot on Spirit Mountain and the Atlas cement site, but one councilor says its not worth spending thousands of dollars to move the snow away from the harbor.

"Someone from the EPA and NPCA also stepped in and said keeping the snow down near the harbor isn't very much of an environmental risk anyways, because no matter where you put the snow, even at Spirit Mountain, the salt is going to go into the stream and eventually into the lake anyways," said councilor Dan Hartman.

The city estimates moving the snow to an alternative site would cost between $86,000 and $136,000 each year.

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