AIPG Wisconsin

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WISCONSIN SECTION OF THE
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF

PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGISTS

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About AIPG Wisconsin

The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), founded in 1963, is the largest association dedicated to promoting geology as a profession. It presently has more than 4,800 members in the U.S. and abroad, organized into 36 regional Sections. The Institute adheres to the principles of professional responsibility and public service and is the only international organization that certifies the competence and ethical conduct of geological scientists in all branches of the science with members employed in industry, government, and academia.

AIPG Wisconsin is the local chapter of AIPG, with approximately 100 members. We typically have a fall field trip, spring meeting, and special events




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:


Get the Facts on Frac Sand from WGNHS

Frac Sand Fact Sheet from a new 2-page fact sheet from the UW Extension and the WGNHS. See recent news.

UW Whitewater Student Chapter!


Riveredge 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!

http://www.riveredgenaturecenter.org/research/student-research-symposium/

Well Data Available Online from the DNR!

See Well Constructor's Reports.

Geothermal Well Drilling

See comments on Assembly Bill 201.

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

See the latest rule changes here.

Wisconsin Section Newsletter


Summer 2016

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Wisconsin Section Board Meeting Minutes


02-27-2017

11-28-2016

08-29-2016

07-25-2016

06-27-2016

Our Mission

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.

Contact Us

For questions regarding AIPG Wisconsin, please call Andy Graham at 608-662-5151.

2017 AIPG Wisconsin Section