Contact(s): David Siebert, DNR Bureau of Environmental Analysis and Sustainability Director, 608-264-6048 or Roberta Walls, environmental assistance coordinator, 608-785-9272
MADISON, Wis. - The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public informational hearing on a draft analysis related to industrial sand mining in the state.
The public hearing will be on July 26, starting at 4 p.m., at the Chippewa Valley Technical College, Business Education Center, in the Casper Conference Center, Room 103A/B, 620 W. Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire.
Written public comments may also be submitted until August 22, 2016, by email to: DNRISMSA@wisconsin.gov , or sent via US Mail to: ISM SA Coordinator, Wisconsin DNR OB/7, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921.
The draft document and links to more information about industrial sand mining can be found on the industrial sand mining strategic analysis page of the DNR web site, dnr.wi.gov, and by searching for keywords "sand mining" and clicking on the link in the right side navigation panel.
The department used a strategic analysis process to update a previous 2012 summary of the industry, as a means for providing the most recent factual information about industrial sand mining and key environmental topics. The information in the strategic analysis could assist legislators and other decision makers in establishing future policy. The DNR sought public input on its proposed scope for the analysis before starting the work.
"The strategic analysis tool is used for taking a higher level look at the science and important topics in advance of policy decisions," said David Siebert, director of the DNR Bureau of Environmental Analysis and Sustainability. "The department welcomes input on the industrial sand mining strategic analysis that we will use to finalize the document."
Siebert said the DNR will consider all verbal and written comments in the preparation of the final strategic analysis. The purpose of the analysis is to be an informational tool and does not include specific recommendations for specific projects or new policies.