It's a snow day here in Halifax. For those readers in warmer climates, let me tell you: a snow day is a day of pure magic. It's one part vacation, one part hot chocolate, and one part that's just a big ol' pile of snow.
Snow removal is a necessary evil of snow days and winter in general. Although most cities employ a number of strategies for removing snow as quickly and efficiently as possibly, I doubt that the environmental impact is top-of-mind for most individuals who simply need to be able to manoeuvre on the streets and sidewalks to accomplish their daily tasks.
Where I live, the main lines of defence are twofold: the plow and the salt spray. Obviously, the extra impact of gas use and the introduction of rock salt to the environment is less than desirable. While this may be a necessity for the city-wide removal of snow, it's probably over-kill for the average home-owner. The fact is, the best thing to do is to just go out and shovel. (If you're physically capable of doing so, of course.)
I have to admit, I kind of love shovelling anyways. It's tough work but is super rewarding. Plus, there's something about warming your body though movement while the snow swirls around you; your nose is cold and snowflakes stick to your eyelashes as everything outdoors begins to twinkle beneath the fresh white glitter. Like I said, snow days are magic.