Target: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Goal: Commend Wisconsin for using cheese brine to melt icy roads
In Wisconsin, America’s land of cheese, the city of Milwaukee has started a pilot program to melt their icy streets with cheese brine. Made by mixing dairy waste with rock salts, this method will ease the cost of cleaning the streets and reduce pollution levels in local waterways. If the program proves to be an effective solution to melt ice, it is likely the state will implement the program in other major cities.
Typically, the state has used rock salt to melt the roads, but the salts spread too thin, are easily washed away, and pollute the environment. The cheese brine is an effective alternative because now it will be put to use, instead of being discarded. Before the program can be implemented across the state, officials need to ensure that the cheese brine will not spur new problems. There is concern about the rodent population or the smell of cheese permeating through the streets and bothering residents. Officials also need to know if using cheese brine would be justifiable when weighing in the costs of storing and hauling the mixture to the streets.
Not all cheeses will work for this job. Provolone or mozzarella are the best candidates, as their high salt content helps to melt the ice. The operations manager tried this idea three times in the Bay View neighborhood on the south side of Milwaukee and received positive results. The local governments have tried other eco-friendly solutions, like sugar beet juice or discarded brewery grain, but none have gained as much popularity or effectiveness as cheese brine.
Whatever the case, cheese brine is the popular contender for an eco-friendly solution for Wisconsin’s icy streets. Sign this petition and commend the state for finding a new use for the dairy waste and hope that it will be a possible solution.
Dear Scott Walker,
I am writing this letter to commend your state for finding an eco-friendly solution to melting your icy streets. I realize that utilizing rock salts is not only an ineffective solution, but pollutes your state’s waterways. The salts spread too thin on your streets and are easily washed away, whereas cheese brine adheres easily to the streets and won’t pollute the waters.
I am grateful your state is finding new and innovative ways to resolve urban problems in an environmentally friendly way. I hope your state will continue with these solutions to ensure that our planet stays clean and healthy.
[Your Name Here]
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