Sand and Salt Pile Program
The Department of Environmental Protection's Sand and Salt Pile Program is responsible for mitigating the effects on ground and drinking water from piles of uncovered salt and mixed sand/salt.
The program includes the creation of project priority lists; assistance with the siting of new sand/salt piles and buildings; an on-going registration program for sand/salt piles; implementation of siting and operational rules, and investigation of complaints involving chloride contamination of drinking water wells, as time and resources allow.
The Sand and Salt Pile Program is a cooperative effort of the The Maine Dept. of Transportation (DOT) and Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP).
- Environmental and siting issues, including new sand/salt pile registration, should be directed to Erich Kluck (207) 592-2068 at DEP.
- Facility construction and municipal or county funding issues should be directed to Peter Coughlan (207) 624-3270 at DOT.
- Project Priority List for Municipal and County Sand/Salt Storage Areas. This list is used by the Department of Transportation to distribute state reimbursement funds to municipalities and counties that construct sand/salt storage buildings.
- Project Priority List for All Other Sand/Salt Storage Areas
- Project Priority Rankings for Uncovered Sand and Salt Piles in Maine (map)
- Complaints involving chloride contamination of drinking water wells are investigated as time and resources allow.
The materials below include a number of resources for municipal officials, private contractors and homeowners who have questions about their responsibilities and rights regarding sand/salt storage.