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Hello and welcome the Public Lab Wisconsin page! Currently, people in this area communicate on the Public Lab Midwest google group. Join us there! Or get updates on Public Lab from this region by following the tag "[Midwest](" ### Table of Contents: * [_Issues_]( * [_Projects and Updates_]( * [_Events_]( * [_Media_]( * [_Groups working on the Frac Sand issue_]( **** ### Issues [The Frac Sand Issue]( Frac Sand is the material that is used in hydrologic fracturing to inject into wells that allows oil and gas to be pumped to the surface. Wisconsin currently holds 75% of the frac sand market in the entire United States ([Conservation Voters]( The practice of mining sand has plagued Wisconsin with many environmental problems! Learn more about [Frac Sand Mining on this post]( ###Project and Updates Below is a list of some of the recent projects people have worked on in this region: - [The Sand Sentinel Program]( (2019) - Using the [Simple Air Sensor]( to demonstrate Particulate Matter Monitoring (2019) - Developing the [community microscope]( to visualize particulate matter pollution (2018) [notes:wisconsin] ## Events Here are some links to events that have been hosted in Wisconsin. - [Frac Sand Mining Health Research Public Forum]( (April 2019) - [Frac Sand Particulate Matter Visualization Event]( (March 2018) - [Practicing a PM hotspot survey in New Auburn]( (April 2017) - [Crawford County Mapping]( 6th 2015) - [Frac Sand tools for Action]( (August 4th, 2015) - [DustHack]( (October 27th, 2014) - [Augusta Mapping]( (June 2014) #### Media - [Community Science Forum Publication on the Frac Sand Issue]( [Download the PDF »]( The Frac Sand Sentinel* is a publication put out by Public Lab Organizer @Pat Popple about the frac sand issue. A full list of publications can be found on the Concerned Chippewa Citizen [page here.]( - Frac Sand Activists on Youtube* Check out this [youtube channel]( with presentations from Frac Sand activists - FracTracker Videos: This [channel]( has videos of frac sand mines in different states by Ted Auch at FracTracker. #### Groups working on the Frac Sand issue *[Buffalo County Defenders](* Buffalo County residents who work to preserve their community in the fight against frac sand mining and transloading facilities. *[Citizens for Environmental Stewardship](* a group of citizens residing in the towns of Bridge Creek, Lincoln, Otter Creek, Drammen, Cleveland, and the cities of Augusta and Eau Claire. The group was formed by citizens concern about the onslaught of the frac sand mining industry. The vision of Citizens for Environmental Stewardship is to be an educational group who is willing to research, inform and provide assistance to the public wherever we can in order to promote good stewardship of our environment. *[Concerned Chippewa Citizen](* works to provide information and resources to those fighting the rapidly proliferating Frac Sand Mines and Processing Facilities. *Concerned Citizens of Bridge Creek* a group of citizens who came together in February 2012 to share their concerns regarding silica sand mining, which was starting to develop in Bridge Creek. *[Crawford Stewardship Project](* works to protect the environment of Crawford County and neighboring regions from threats of polluting and extractive industries, to promote sustainable land use, environmental justice, and local control of natural resources. *[Frac Sand Frisbee](* A blog about frac sand mining in the Driftless Area of the upper Midwest posting useful information, good ideas, updates on events, and background information about the fast moving frac-sand mining conversation. Geographic focus on the blog is Buffalo County, WI. *[Frac Sand Weekly](* News and Opinions about the Minnesota and Wisconsin Frac Sand Boom, and its Environmental Health Implications. Intended to gather perspectives about a new potential environmental health risk mining, processing, railroading, barging, and trucking its way through Minnesota and Wisconsin. Part of the Environmental Illness Network Minnesota ei Network a community for Minnesotans with environmental sensitivities and the people (and organizations) that care about them. *[Hale No to Frac Sand Mining in WI](* a regional facebook site that posts updates on the fight against Frac Sand Mining. *Penokee Hills Education Project* - A project of the Mining Impact Coalition of Wisconsin, Inc.The PHEP has been formed to educate the public about the risks to the Bad River watershed and the Penokee Hills should large scale taconite mining be permitted; share relevant information about the impact of mining on our economy, health, and environment;and connect with citizen led groups locally, statewide, and nationally. *[Preserve Trempealeau County](* Working to preserve and protect the environment and quality of life in Trempealeau County. *[Save our Knapp Hills Alliance](* A group of concerned residents and property owners in (Frac-Sand Mining Concerns in Western Wisconsin - Knapp, Lucas, Menomonie, Stanton, Glenwood City, Downing, Boyceville area) responding to the recent upsurge in silica-sand mining and processing in our area. We are also striving to connect with other local groups researching and raising public awareness about this issue. *[Save the Hills Alliance](* A group dedicated to protecting the natural environment and the long-term health and safety of the community by promoting the ecologically sound use of land and natural resources through public awareness, education and advocacy. *[Vally Stewarship Network](* works to promote a balance between a healthy environment and strong communities in the Kickapoo Valley. *[Wisconsin Watch](* a new source produced by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism that provides insight on the frac sand issue. Their goals are to protect the vulnerable, expose wrongdoings and seek solutions. *[Wisconsin Farmer’s Union](* a member-driven organization, is committed to enhancing the quality of life for family farmers, rural communities, and all people through educational opportunities, cooperative endeavors, and civic engagement. **Groups working on the Frac Sand issue in other states:** *Citizens Against Frac Sand Mining* (MN) a group of citizens in the City of Winona and in Winona County, Minnesota who are concerned about frac-sand mining and related operations in our region. *[Citizens Against Silica Mining - Save the Bluffs](* (MN) Silica Sand Mining in Hay Creek, Red Wing, Frontenac and Lake City Minnesota *[Land Stewardship Project](* (MN) on organization working to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities. *[Sand Point Times](* (MN) Advocating solutions to protect Southeast Minnesota from frac-sand mining. ...

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stevie " @stevie has marked dswenson as a co-author. " | Read more » over 4 years ago
stevie " @stevie has marked shannon as a co-author. " | Read more » over 4 years ago
Mylespadelhi01 "Its really very nice! " | Read more » over 4 years ago
Matej "Amazing!! Thank you @warren and @matthew!! All very helpful! My bigest concern was where to get the mesh with correct hole diameter. The github is ..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
mathew "@Matej the most up-to-date information and production files are in the Github repository: The screen and m..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "Hi, @matej - check out this for ways to sort particles by size using an "impactor" - SEM stub info: https://p..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
Matej "Hey @matthew! I am trying to build same PPM kit you guys have here. Where did you guys get the sampler stub? I understand that it is the electron m..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "Oh, great idea! Thanks! Also @stevie is not in right now but we can check with her too. Thanks!!! " | Read more » almost 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 » almost 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 » almost 5 years ago
amirberAgain "Do you want to schedule an e-meeting for image analysis as part of this event? " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
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warren "Hi, @bkleist - have you run the cameras for a while now? Caught anything good? We'd love to hear from you! " | Read more » about 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 5 years ago
stevie "Hi there, wondering if you've been able to get the camera up and running? Think we might try to get one going in New Orleans to watch for stormwate..." | Read more » over 5 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 5 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 5 years ago
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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 5 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 5 years ago
bkleist "Unfortunately the cameras had been giving us a lot of trouble, and have not yet been deployed. The good news is that I was able to figure out how t..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
stevie "Thanks for the post! Any updates on where the camera is? " | Read more » over 5 years ago
jeffalk "Matthew: Please look again at the "Current Mine Information" you posted with your question. It has "Opr. Begin Date" of 6/1/2013 for Hoffman Constr..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
jeffalk "Hi Matthew, We met briefly years ago when you visited with Mike O'Connor in Buffalo County Wisconsin. Since then I've hopefully learned a bit more..." | Read more » over 5 years ago