• A great story, well-researched with super links. I particularly enjoyed the Nabokov description of the Karner blue. On the Glacial Deposits of Wisconsin map, isn’t that big brown area the site of ancient Lake Wisconsin? Isn’t our sand, like the Karner blue and the strange, silvery mosses and lichens I saw on a sand barrens up in Baraboo this winter, part of our natural heritage? Isn’t it like hauling off our weird quartzite outcroppings or our old bur oak trees? WHen that glacial sand is gone, it’s gone. And so are the plants and animals that have adapted to it since the end of the Ice Age. Thanks to this story, I will be following the ‘sand boom’ in our state with a critical eye.

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  • Great work in connecting the significant public investment in Karner blue habitat with the many impacts of the speedy proliferation of sand mines and processing facilities. There has been no cumulative impact study on public health effects or on habitat destruction.

    There is a proposed mining expansion in NW Chippewa County that would result in about 15 square miles of mining and processing. The area holds the headwaters of multiple cold water streams with significant public investment in fisheries habitat management and restoration. To my knowledge, there has been no meaningful review of the impact to the public trust on this relatively unregulated, landscape-scale industrial mining project.

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