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Cheese Brine to be Used in Place of Road Salt
Brine is a liquid cheese-making byproduct; if you’ve bought fresh mozzarella, it often comes floating in the stuff. To cheese-makers, it’s a hassle — they spend many thousands of dollars to dispose of cheese brine each year, trucking it to wastewater treatment plants.

Several years back, a rural highway employee named Emil Norby — people call him Moe — had a flash of inspiration. What if this salty brine could be used on icy roads, a companion for rock salt and sand? “I knew we had a lot of dairies looking to get rid of this stuff,” Norby says. “I figured why not give it a whirl.”

In the first year alone, tiny Polk County saved $40,000 in rock salt costs. Conversely, F&A Dairy saved on brine disposal costs — to the tune of nearly $30,000. “Everybody wins,” says Chuck Engdahl, F&A’s wastewater manager.

 
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Lake George Association Wins National Invasive Species Award - The Lake George Association recently learned that it was this year’s recipient of the National Invasive Species Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Invasive Species Outreach and Education. The award is one of a few presented each year during National Invasive Species Awareness Week by the National Invasive Species Council, the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force and the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds.


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