Where Will All The Snow Go?

CHICAGO (CBS) — As the snow plows and snow blowers finish their work, one key question comes to mind: Where are we going to put all that snow?

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Pat Cassidy reports

Unlike after the blizzard of 1967, it is illegal to dump snow into lakes and rivers, unless you have a government permit. The practice was banned because plowed snow contains all sorts of chemicals and pollutants, from road salt to gasoline and motor oil.

The City of Chicago is deploying jet-engine-like snow heaters to blast some of the snow into water. The city, like many other towns, also will be dumping it into trucks and dropping it in abandoned parking lots or open fields.

Otherwise, the snow will just pile up on the sides of roads and on street corners. Some of those piles may not melt until sometime in the spring. It certainly won’t be melting anytime soon–with temperatures expected to be below freezing for at least the next seven to 10 days.

  • oli

    use the clean snow to make snow sculptures for decorating this city, and good for tourist. Let have a competition. Chicago can have a snow festival like other place in the world, it can make money & create jobs.

    • d.heas

      you’re an idiot

      • Jo

        Don’t be such a downer.

    • David

      that is pure genius! and cheaper than plastic cows and jeelybeans, definitely within the city budget

  • oli

    Sapporo Snow Festival & Harbin International Ice Show Festival are amazingly attracting numerous tourists.

  • Spoon

    That’s not being an idiot, it’s a legitimate idea.

    Although I believe they used manufactured snow for those contests, due to the way it packs and the consistency of it.

  • Adam Jackson

    What’s the difference between dumping it in a lake/river, and melting it and letting it run to those sources anyway?

    • Dennis Fritz

      Basically, the rate at which it enters those water systems. Whatever pollutants are mixed in with the snow will cause less damage is they are absorbed graudally through a natural melt than forced in quickly through an artifical one.

    • Gerald Spencer

      As your buddy says, “Give it time to degrade before entering the water system.” then there is: melt it and feed to the deep tunnerl system.

    • Vetus

      The melt drains into the sewage system then is treated before it is returned to the environment.

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  • righttrack

    Do what Buffalo, NY has done in the past – load the snow into coal cars and run it south. The snow melts, then run the empty cars back to Chicago and repeat the process.

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