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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
How to connect an anemometer to an air particulate monitor? @crispinpierce about 2 months ago 0
Appreciating Reporting Support Materials @stevie 6 months ago 0
HOW do i find testing for air quality in my home - specifically for silica? @MaryBandy 7 months ago 4
Sentinel Training Online @stevie 8 months ago 5
A frac sand mine recently blasted 140 holes in a day. What might they be doing? @joyofsoy over 1 year ago 14
CANCELED Event: Sand Sentinel Training, Bloomer WI @stevie over 1 year ago 3
How to collect a water sample @stevie over 1 year ago 7
Reporting frac sand mine violations in Wisconsin @joyofsoy over 1 year ago 0
Event: Wisconsin Sand Sentinel Training @stevie about 2 years ago 0
Practice reporting suspected frac sand violations @stevie about 2 years ago 3
Draft Sand Sentinel Program @stevie over 2 years ago 1
Event: Frac Sand Mining Health Research Public Forum @stevie over 2 years ago 1
What constitutes transit violations in Wisconsin? @kamau19 over 2 years ago 2
What constitutes an air quality violation in Wisconsin? @stevie over 2 years ago 3
Frac Sand Sentinel Fellowship @stevie over 2 years ago 0
What happens when the mining stops? Focus on Reclamation @mlamadrid almost 3 years ago 0
History of Community Air Monitoring in Western Wisconsin @mlamadrid almost 3 years ago 0
Notes from Tuesday’s frac sand call @stevie about 3 years ago 6
Recent conversations on the frac sand issue @stevie about 3 years ago 15
Advice regarding taking photos over frozen @dailyxeoto over 3 years ago 1
New documentary: Promise in the Sand @stevie over 3 years ago 3
Report: Particle Visualization Event @stevie over 3 years ago 0
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren over 3 years ago 5
Particle Visualization Event in Hixton, WI @gretchengehrke over 3 years ago 5
What is the best way to take a sample of snow to look for particulates? @stevie over 3 years ago 3
Interview: Jim Gurley @stevie almost 4 years ago 0
Are there any methods to distinguish where particulate matter in the air comes from? @stevie over 4 years ago 4
Public Lab Community Newsletter: April 2017 @klie over 4 years ago 0
Practicing a PM hotspot survey in New Auburn, WI @mathew over 4 years ago 6
Raspberry Pi problems @bkleist over 4 years ago 4
Site Survey for a Minivol @mathew over 4 years ago 0
Frac sand hotspot testing and site survey @stevie over 4 years ago 0
Can the New Auburn, WI Recreation Area be used to identify downwind dust from Great Northern Sand? @mathew over 4 years ago 2
EPA Method 22: Visual Determination of Fugitive Emissions @gretchengehrke over 4 years ago 0
Can PM4 be monitored with the MiniVol? @mathew over 4 years ago 1
What procedure is best to determine background airborne silica levels? @mathew over 4 years ago 1
Photo Documentation of Frac Sand Mine Surface Water Spills @mlamadrid over 4 years ago 1
Can a passive dust monitoring housing be made from a cheaper/easier material? @warren almost 5 years ago 2
A month in the field and nothing to show @bkleist almost 5 years ago 10
Sizing particles in microscope images at Portland Science Hackday @mathew almost 5 years ago 4
Is CALPUFF a good air quality modeling tool @marlokeno about 5 years ago 4
Silica (frac) Sand Research @bkleist about 5 years ago 5
Calibrating a Microscope @mathew about 5 years ago 2
OpenFlexure Microscope: high-resolution assembly @mathew about 5 years ago 7
Sample prep for Passive Particle Monitors @mathew about 5 years ago 0
Documenting Runoff with Photography @mlamadrid about 5 years ago 0
Local Knowledge and Aerial Imagery @mlamadrid about 5 years ago 0
Using Photographs in Fighting Mining Companies @mlamadrid about 5 years ago 1
Visual reporting on air quality: EPA method 9 @mlamadrid about 5 years ago 2
Passive Particle Monitors @mlamadrid about 5 years ago 0
Interview with Pat Popple @mlamadrid about 5 years ago 0
Report out: Eau Claire event @stevie over 5 years ago 1
Mapping dust hotspots with low-cost monitors @mathew over 5 years ago 0
Automating Passive Particle Monitor Analysis @mathew over 5 years ago 3
Frac Sand Mining: The community fight @stevie over 5 years ago 2
A proposal for a way to remediate indoor silica dust @marlokeno over 5 years ago 10
Passive Particle Monitor Deployments: feedback @mathew over 5 years ago 0
Photo Documentation of Turbid Waters for Advocacy @gretchengehrke almost 6 years ago 2
analyzing passive monitors @mathew about 6 years ago 8
Optical Imaging of Passive Particle Monitors @mathew about 6 years ago 3
Replicating a Passive Dust Monitor & Method @mathew about 6 years ago 4
Mapping in Crawford County, WI @stevie about 6 years ago 0
Frac Sand Tools for Action: Event report out @stevie about 6 years ago 0
Plan for recording Shinyei optical sensors using Open Pipe Kit @mathew over 6 years ago 15
The DustHack Report @stevie almost 7 years ago 1
Frac Sand in 10 minutes @mathew almost 7 years ago 7
Low-cost passive aerosol monitors @mathew about 7 years ago 4
Off-wind kite flying & Redstone Rigging in Augusta, WI @mathew about 7 years ago 5
Midwestern Frac Sand Deposits, Aquifers, & Rivers @mathew over 7 years ago 3
Frac Sand Frisbee- Maps against Mines @mathew over 7 years ago 0
Frac Sand mining- polar light microscopy? @mathew over 7 years ago 5
Public Lab receives support from the 11th Hour Project for a Silica Monitoring Pilot Program @Shannon over 7 years ago 2
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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.