Mark you calendar for the Summer Geology Field Trip - August 12-13, 2017!
We are joining our sister Michigan Section for a two-day trip that includes the geology of both states along our western Upper Peninsula border starting in the beautiful Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
Transportation for each day is being provided by motor coach that will depart and return to the state park. We will spend the first day exploring the Palms, Ironwood, and Tyler Formations and the Mellen Complex in Wisconsin, and the second day will be focus on Michigan’s Oronto group in and around the Porcupine Mountains State Park.
Lodging and breakfast are on your own. Check out a camping spot or stay at a nearby hotel; there are several options available if you book early. We are asking that you bring your lunch and snacks for the day. Water will be provided. A group barbecue is planned for Saturday night at the state park!
For more information, see the trip flyer. The cost is $40 per person for the two day trip, and you can register using the Registration Link. If we do not have a sufficient number of registrations by July 13, 2017, we will be cancelling the trip.
We invite you to join the fun and sign up!
If you have any questions, please direct them to Linda Hensel, Chris Lilek, or Jayne Englebert with any questions about the trip. We are looking forward to seeing all of you, and will enjoy the geology, scenery, and each other’s company!
Sand Mine Seminar Presentations
The presentations from the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) Nonmetallic Mining Permit Process Seminar and the Sand Mine Life Cycle Seminar held on May 11 and 12 are available below:
- Walls, Roberta - Strategic Analysis for Sand Mines
- Tanya Bruder and Brian Nodolf - Moratoriums of Industrial Sand Mines
- Matt Krumenacher - Mining Operations, Public Roadways
- Marty Lehman - Reclamation at Badger Mining's Taylor Plant
- M. Krumenacher, M. Showengerdt - Overview of the Newly Revised WPDES Program
- Kent Syverson - Northern White Sand versus TX Brown Sand
- John Siwula - Importance of Geotechnical Engineering Design
- Jim Small - Capturing Quarry Images by Drone to Generate Maps
- Ian Anderson - Life Cycle of a Sand Mine
- Heather Arends - Overview of Silica Sand in MN
- Darrell Reed - Mt. Simon High Capacity Aquifer System
- Bob Libra - Status of Silica Sand Mining in Iowa
- Anna Haines - Local Government and Industrial Sand Mining
Get the Facts on Frac Sand from WGNHS
UW Whitewater Student Chapter!
Nature Center’s 4th Annual Student Research Symposium “Connections in
Nature” took place on Saturday, November 8th.
WI AIPG sponsored two student scholarships in the Land and Water
Research presentation session. UW – Milwaukee Geoscience student
James Van Eerden took 2nd place for his presentation titled: “Observing
and Capturing the Lake Michigan Nearshore Ice Complex: The
Development of Photogrammetric Field Methods”. You can read a copy of his abstract here.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Christine Lilek
WI AIPG Secretary Trevor Nobile
Speaks to Students at the AIPG Display Booth
Our Section also provided an AIPG display booth, and three judges for the research presentations.
Next’s year’s Student Research Symposium will again be held at Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg, Wisconsin on the second Saturday of November. We hope to see YOU there!
Well Data Available Online from the DNR!
Geothermal Well Drilling
Wisconsin Counties Association Conference on Mining in Wisconsin - Issues Facing County Government
Thanks to Mike Markgraf of Schmitt Technical Services for this summary.
A series of presentations relating to mining in Wisconsin were presented by several speakers as follows: Tom Woletz of the WI DNR presented an overview of proppant (frac) sand mining in Wisconsin. Mr. Woletz stated that with over 2500 sand mines in Wisconsin over the last 100 years Wisconsin has been designated the third largest producing state for this type of material. The high quality of the mature (500 Ma or older) sandstone deposits of western Wisconsin has contributed to a $540 million dollar industry nationally. The formations of interest include (from youngest to oldest) St. Peter, Jordan, Wonewoc and Mt. Simon sandstones. Younger sandstones are considered too angular and contain mixed mineralogy making them unsuitable for use as potential proppant. Mr. Woletz also spoke about the primary permits needed for sand mining operations in Wisconsin. Dan Masterpole, Chippewa County Conservationist, spoke of the rise of sand mining operations in Chippewa County. In addition Mr. Masterpole discussed how unprepared some counties are and in general a local perspective from dealing with sand mining companies as a county official. Kevin Lien, Director of the Trempealeau County Department of Land Management discussed county permitting processes as related to Trempealeau County. Phillip Fauble, Mining Coordinator for the WI DNR discussed metallic mining including current state regulations and the types of mining proposed in Wisconsin. Vic Ouimette of the Iron County Citizens Mining Advisory Committee discussed the local perspective on jobs and the community. Dave Hintz, Chairman of the Oneida County Board on Mining Oversight also discussed local community perspectives on these issues. To view the PowerPoint Presentations from this conference please visit the Wisconsin Counties Association website.
Find Out About the Proposed NR 700 Changes
Wisconsin Section Newsletter
Wisconsin Section Board Meeting Minutes
The purposes of the Institute shall include:
- advance the geological sciences and the profession of geology;
- establish qualifications for professional geologists;
- certify the qualifications of specific individual Member geologists to the public;
- promote high standards of ethical conduct among its Members and Adjuncts, and within the profession of geology; and
- represent, and advocate for, the geological profession before government and the general public.
For questions regarding AIPG Wisconsin, please call Andy Graham at 608-662-5151.