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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 | 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 | 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:

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Communicating expectations from Chippewa County residents concerned with frac sand mines @bhamster about 2 years ago 1
How to connect an anemometer to an air particulate monitor? @crispinpierce over 2 years ago 0
Appreciating Reporting Support Materials @stevie almost 3 years ago 0
HOW do i find testing for air quality in my home - specifically for silica? @MaryBandy about 3 years ago 2
Sentinel Training Online @stevie about 3 years ago 3
A frac sand mine recently blasted 140 holes in a day. What might they be doing? @joyofsoy almost 4 years ago 10
CANCELED Event: Sand Sentinel Training, Bloomer WI @stevie almost 4 years ago 1
How to collect a water sample @stevie about 4 years ago 3
Reporting frac sand mine violations in Wisconsin @joyofsoy about 4 years ago 0
Event: Wisconsin Sand Sentinel Training @stevie over 4 years ago 0
Practice reporting suspected frac sand violations @stevie over 4 years ago 2
Draft Sand Sentinel Program @stevie almost 5 years ago 0
Event: Frac Sand Mining Health Research Public Forum @stevie almost 5 years ago 0
What constitutes transit violations in Wisconsin? @kamau19 almost 5 years ago 2
What constitutes an air quality violation in Wisconsin? @stevie almost 5 years ago 1
Frac Sand Sentinel Fellowship @stevie about 5 years ago 0
Notes from Tuesday’s frac sand call @stevie over 5 years ago 1
Recent conversations on the frac sand issue @stevie over 5 years ago 9
Advice regarding taking photos over frozen @dailyxeoto over 5 years ago 1
New documentary: Promise in the Sand @stevie over 5 years ago 0
Report: Particle Visualization Event @stevie almost 6 years ago 0
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren about 6 years ago 5
Particle Visualization Event in Hixton, WI @gretchengehrke about 6 years ago 4
What is the best way to take a sample of snow to look for particulates? @stevie about 6 years ago 1

Outline of Wiki Documents

Background Information
People and Places
Particulate Matter Monitoring

Advocacy Leverage Points

Action Oriented Resources

Research in progress and Wikis

Related to: Silica, Particulate Matter, Passive-pm monitoring, Wisconsin.