Lake George Association (LGA) Sea Grant Lake Champlain

The 6th Annual Adirondack Champlain Regional Salt Summit

Fort William Henry Conference Center

October 14, 2021

Road salt is costly — to taxpayers, businesses and organizations, and to the health of waterbodies and private drinking water wells. For the past six years, the Lake George Association (LGA) has spearheaded, and served as the primary underwriter, of the Lake George Road Salt Reduction Initiative in Upstate New York, bringing together leading winter management experts, scientists, municipalities and the private sector in a collaborative effort to reduce chloride pollution in the Queen of American Lakes.

The LGA and Lake Champlain Sea Grant are proud to present this recording of the 6th Annual Adirondack Champlain Regional Salt Summit, held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the beautiful Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center in Lake George, NY.

Over the course of this information-packed event, you’ll learn about the latest strategies and technologies for safely reducing road salt use in your community and on your property. You can view the Summit agenda by scrolling down beneath the video window.

On behalf of the LGA, Lake Champlain Sea Grant and our generous sponsors, thank you for your interest in road salt reduction. We encourage you to view our list of sponsors below and learn how they can be of service to you.


7:30amRegistration opens / Exhibitors’ tables available

Session 1 (8:00-9:30)


Kathy Flacke Muncil, C.E.O. The Fort William Henry Corporation

Hon. Rachel Seeber, Chairwoman, Warren County Board of Supervisors

8:10amUpdate on an Environmental Monitoring Program to Evaluate the NYSDOT Road Salt Reduction Pilot Program in the Lake George Basin

Jim Sutherland, PhD, LGA Science Consultant

8:30amSalt in the Streams: Chloride in Lake George Tributaries

Joel Harrison, PhD, IBM Research

8:50amLake George Road Salt Reduction Initiative

Hague Highway Department Staff

Rob Vopleus, Winter Maintenance Specialist, Town of Lake George Highway Dept.

Phill Sexton, Founder/CEO, WIT Advisers

Raqib Omer, CEO, Viaesys

Session 2 (9:45-10:45)

9:45amRoad to the Salt Summit

Rob Fitch, P.E., NYSDOT, Director Office of Transportation Maintenance

10:30amSponsor Presentations

Session 3 (11:00-12:00)


Live demos, with pre-recorded presentations for virtual attendees


12:00pm(Bag Lunch) with remarks from NYS Senator Dan Stec & Keynote Address: Changing the Culture of Salt

Ted Diers, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Watershed Management Bureau

Session 4 (1:00-3:00)

1:00pm"Release of Liability: Is it a Concern?" Panel Discussion

Panel Members: Sen. Dan Stec (NYS Legislature), Ted Diers (NHDES), Jeremie MacEwin (Private Contractor), Vinnie Crocitto (Holiday Inn Resort - Lake George)

1:40pmUniversity of Vermont Salt Reduction Task Force

Lynn Wood, Physical Plant Davis and Trinity Zone Manager, with contributions from students, staff and faculty in facilities, College of Engineering and Math, and the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.

2:20pmClean Water, Safe Roads Partnership

Brittany Christenson, ADK Action

2:40pmClosing Discussion / Evaluation

Chris Navitsky