Frac Sand

## **Industrial Sand Mining in Western Wisconsin:** Resources for Environmental Monitoring and Advocacy This page is an introduction to frac sand issues and airborne particles, aimed at connecting concerned community groups, hardware developers, and scientists. You will find resources to: * connect with projects and people facing frac sand issues and particle pollution * learn about particle pollution, health, and regulations * explore options for addressing frac sand mining in your community ****** ### Table of Contents **Frac Sand Mining** | ----------------------|--------------------- [Background Information]( | This page gives information about the history of frac sand mining, what it is, what it is used for, and the environmental and human health concerns that surround it. [People and Places](wiki/wisconsin) | The first permitting for Frac Sand mining in Wisconsin started in late 2006 ([Pearson, 2015]( Since then, thousands of people have participated in the fight against the frac sand mining industry's negative effects. Learn more about the groups involved and what they are doing on the Wisconsin wiki page. [Particulate Matter Monitoring](/wiki/pm) | The PM Monitoring wiki includes information that explains how particles form in the air, how they affect human health, how they are regulated, and how they can be monitored. The wiki delves deep into different ways particles form with a focus on nonmetallic mining and [silica dust]( [Advocacy Leverage Points]( | This wiki discusses regulations surrounding frac sand mining and highlights local government leverage points towns and community groups can use to address frac sand issues. From here you can also link to the [Frac Sand Legislation wiki](, which discusses national and state regulations and legislation related to air quality that are particularly relevant to frac sand issues. [Action Oriented Resources]( | The Action Oriented Resources wiki compiles many tools people can use in addressing frac sand issues. There are workshops on selecting advocacy strategies, guidelines for setting up an environmental monitoring program, resources for working with the media, tools for reporting pollution and contact information for state and county regulators. ***** ### Recent activity related to frac sand mining: [notes:frac-sand] ***** #### Outline of Wiki Documents [Background Information]( [People and Places](wiki/wisconsin) [Particulate Matter Monitoring](/wiki/pm) - [Silica dust]( - [Regulations on PM Monitoring]( - [Collecting Data on Particulate Matter]( - [Visual monitoring](/wiki/visual-pm) - [Filter-based monitoring](/wiki/filter-pm) - [Optical monitoring](/wiki/optical-pm) - [Passive monitoring](/wiki/passive-pm) - [Public Lab PM monitoring tool development](/wiki/pm-dev) - [Passive monitoring tool]( [Advocacy Leverage Points]( - [Frac Sand Legislation]( [Action Oriented Resources]( - [Identify Advocacy Pathways Workshop]( - [Start your own Environmental Monitoring Study]( - [Strategize a media campaign]( **** ####Research in progress and Wikis Related to: [Silica](, [Particulate Matter](, [Passive-pm monitoring](, [Wisconsin](

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warren "Adding a reference here - this looked pretty cool!" | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Oh, great idea! Thanks! Also @stevie is not in right now but we can check with her too. Thanks!!! " | Read more » over 5 years ago
amirberAgain "@warren, I get that, this really is a short time and would be great to talk about doing so at some other opportunity. I commented to @ag8n 's post...." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Thanks, @amirberAgain - i think the event might be a bit tight on time but we should try to get a follow-up e-meeting for the images we take during..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
amirberAgain "Do you want to schedule an e-meeting for image analysis as part of this event? " | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Collecting notes on different sensors here! " | Read more » over 5 years ago
amirberAgain "Saw this during the air pollution open call today, It looks really nice! any reason you used ImageJ and not Python + OpenCV? " | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Hi, Gretchen - do you have some examples of when and where this technique has been successfully used by folks? Thanks! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
Tinashe "You don't state what happens with the 40 images taken. Are they stacked together for analysis or they are analysed individually. " | Read more » over 6 years ago
mathew "You're right I had a typo-- I should have deleted the PM2.5 field. fixed, thanks. The mine was operational, and they were not loading rail cars, b..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
jeffalk "Nicely done @matthew. I'm sure you all had a lot of fun. A few comments: Sometimes the text says the monitoring is for pm10 whereas the notes say ..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
xose "Woooow!! Thanks for such a great documentation! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
mathew "Absolutely, I should have mentioned them. Here are two: $26 Ambient Weather WM-35 (discontinued, new model is WM-2), has no recording functions ..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Wow, great post, @mathew! I was looking at the weather meter and it's around $500 used (dunno if there's a better place to buy it) -- https://www.a..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
richardbowman "Hello, "Cambridge" here (though I've actually moved now). You're right, a laser diode would certainly get rid of the chromatic issues. I suspect ..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
tayreed "Have to read through this rather than glancing at it soon! Thanks for writing! " | Read more » over 6 years ago
mathew "That is an interesting question. I think the laser would get rid of chromatic aberration-- its a single frequency of light-- but I'm not sure that..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
marlokeno "Hi, @mathew and @SimonPyle - Terrific work! After seeing the demonstration mathew gave at the barnraising in November '16, and then looking at Ca..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
marlokeno "Hi, @bkleist- One thought regarding the moisture obscured lens-if the camera is in an enclosure, a small fan to circulate air should help with cond..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
mathew "You can see more about the shape descriptors for each particle here:" | Read more » over 6 years ago
mathew "The image analysis creates: perimeter of each particle area of each particle circularity of each particle Circularity is the ratio between the..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Hi! Just re-reading, is it right that the image analysis produces (as it's complete output): perimeter of each particle area of each particle ..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "@glennwalquist is having some good successes with a Crenova trail cam in this post -- just wanted to connect the dots!" | Read more » almost 7 years ago
warren "Sounds like the interface for setting the cameras to timelapse isn't very clear -- can anyone who's gotten that working photo the section of the in..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago