Officials with the city of Beloit say their method of deicing snowy streets is good for the environment, even if it's a little unorthodox.
For the last few years, the city has used a solution of salt water and beet juice to treat city streets in cold weather.
City operations director Chris Walsh says the mixture works fabulously. She says it saves money on rock salt, and is also more effective at melting snow and ice.
The beet-juice solution comes from the juice left over after processors remove the sugar from sugar beets.
Sometimes the city treats streets with the juice before snowfall because it helps the salt stick to the roads later.
Dane County has been experimenting with its own beet-juice solutions. Madison Streets Division spokesman George Dreckman says he likes the idea because it helps avoid sending too much chlorine to lakes.