Since last winter I’ve been pushing to limit the use of chemical de-icer on Flagstaff’s streets. I’m pleased to announce that Council has directed staff to stop using this product this upcoming winter and go back to the use of all cinders. Hundreds of trees have died since the City began using de-icers in 2007 with only a minimal cost savings and according to a staff report only a slight decrease in auto accidents.
I’m very pleased that this council has taken action on this important environmental issue that will hopefully stop the further destruction of Flagstaff’s precious trees. I encourage the County and ADOT to look into reducing the use of de-icer products as well in order to halt the death of trees on other Northern Arizona roads and highways.