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Frac Sand Mining: Trout Stream Protection Language to Face Test in Key Senate Committee
The Land Stewardship Project has sent out an action alert about the next step facing language in Senate File 796 protecting southeast Minnesota trout streams from frac sand mining and processing. LSP has been working with Trout Unlimited to carry the water for the prized game fish in southeastern Minnesota…
Source: Bluestem Prairie, April 23, 2013
 
Piles of Unanswered Questions About Industrial Sand Mining: EQB Issues Report Outlining Issues
Governor Mark Dayton may have come out against a one-year moratorium on industrial sand mining while a Generic Environmental Impact Statement is conducted, but a story by Stephanie Hemphill at Minnesota Public Radio illustrates why grassroots citizen groups in Southeastern Minnesota are asking for both…
Source: Bluestem Prairie, March 23, 2013
 
Fact Sheet: Wisconsin's Buried Treasure - Groundwater
Does frac sand mining pose a threat… collected resources, website and research on the issue.
Source: Frac Sand Times, Patricia Popple, May 13. 2012
 
Minnesota Trout Unlimited (MNTU) Adopts Position Statement Concerning Silica Sand Mining
At its April 2012 meeting, the Minnesota Council of Trout Unlimited spelled out its concerns regarding silica sand mining operations and their potential impacts upon water resources and coldwater fisheries. The position statement formalizes the approach which the Council, chapters and local members have taken for the past year and more as they work with citizens and government to address this serious threat…
Source: Minnesota Trout Unlimited, May 10, 2012 - (see map)
 
Hydrology: A Summary of Frac Sand Mining Impacts on Quarries and Gravel Pits
Natural aggregate, sand and rock, is a vital part of our economic infrastructure in southeast Minnesota. While local governments are responsible for reviewing these operations, they rarely have the money to hire experts to evaluate the potential impacts of quarry and gravel pit proposals…
Source: Bets Reedy & Tom LIsota, April 26. 2012
 
Ground Water Atlas of the United States: Iowa, MInnesota, Wisconsin
The Cambrian-Ordovician aquifer system is a complex multiaquifer system with individual aquifers separated by leaky confining units. The several aquifers are capped by the Maquoketa confining unit, which confines them as an aquifer system.…
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
 
Karst in Minnesota
Minnesota’s southeastern limestone country is a beautiful area of farms, rolling hills, hollows, caves, and dramatic bluffs and valleys (figure 1)..…
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, November 1, 2011
Related Videos
Mysteries of the Driftless: The Mysteries of the Driftless is a documentary about a team of explorers and scientists kayaking down deeply cut tributary valleys, flying in ultralights, and climbing rocky bluffs to reveal answers to the mysteries within the driftless area. Their journey will expose both the science and threats behind three unique features of the zone - rare plants and animals, odd geological phenomenon, and striking remnants of a Native American pilgrimage like no other.
Source: Untamed Science
Related Resources
what is karst?
What is Karst?
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control agency
1-Mile Buffer Around Hydrololgical Features within Paleozoic Plateau Ecological Section
1-Mile Buffer Around Hydrololgical Features within Paleozoic Plateau Ecological Section
Source: Minnesota DNR
Silica Sand and Southeast Minnesota Trout Streams
Silica Sand and Southeast Minnesota Trout Streams
Source: Minnesota Trout Unlimited
Lower Mississippi River: Basin Plan Scooping Document
Lower Mississippi River: Basin Plan Scooping Document
Source: Basin Alliance for the Lower Mississippi in Minnesota (BALMM)
For more information you can visit the BALMM webpage
The Hydraulic Impacts of Limestone Quarries and Gravel Pits
The Hydraulic Impacts of Limestone Quarries and Gravel Pits
Source: Jeffrey A. Green, P.G.
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