Mining Info Links


In our metallic and sand mining blogs, we try to keep up with both metallic mining issues in the Penokee Hills (northern Wisconsin) and frac sand mining (also known as industrial sand mining or hydraulic frac sand mining) in the Driftless Area of western and west central Wisconsin. We invite YOUR participation on those pages!

Here we provide resources for learning more and discovering groups caring about Wisconsin natural resources and how mining affects them, as well as how mining affects communities.

MAP OF WHERE SAND MINES EXIST IN WISCONSIN This page, from WisconsinWatch, also has a downloadable spreadsheet of mines. Their Frac Sand section is worth exploring in its entirety!


SITES FOR METALLIC MINING and concerns about Open-pit Iron-Mining expected to damage the Penokee Natural Region and Watershed:

Native American interests in various mining projects are covered in many sites in this list but especially in the following sites of the impacted nations and tribes:

  • The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe (

  •  Ho-Chunk Nation website: In western and west central Wisconsin, the Ho-Chunk Nation is actively concerned with protecting sacred heritage sites in the sand mining areas

Updates on Sand-mining

Also consult the following national environmental organizations concerned re: Wisconsin mining

The Sierra Club (

The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters (


Organizations Helping Communities Protect themselves from harmful practices of mining companies:

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund: 

Midwest Environmental Advocates - 

Midwest Environmental Defense Center: - 

Midwest Environmental Justice Organization,  -  concentrates primarily on the city of Madison


General Mining in Wisconsin Information: 

Nonmetallic mining overview - Wisconsin DNR and Metallic mining overview - Wisconsin DNR are state government websites offering overviews of state regulation of these natural resource areas.

  • National regulatory organizations include the
  •  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (
  •  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (
  • Agencies with potential regulatory interests include: the Great Lakes Compact ( - a multi-state and multi-national organization with interest in the water quality and quantity of water in the Great Lakes)
  • The U.S. Coast Guard (, which regulates all navigable waters of the U.S.


ADDITIONALLY, LINKED please refer to Our WGN  Allied Groups page in this website.


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