“Long Lake was once a trophy bass lake. So when we moved here, in the first two years, my boys were catching bass like crazy,” said Brian Wolf, who owns a cabin on Long Lake. “It was like catching fish in a barrel as the water declined.”
While experts say the Little Plover is the poster child for the problems of overpumping, some of them hope it also could be the source of solutions. Continue Reading
A small number of popular Wisconsin state parks are subsidizing dozens of money-losing properties across the parks and recreation system. Continue Reading
This summer, Wisconsin’s state park campgrounds will complete the largest expansion of electric sites in decades — a response to growing demands from campers and to economic pressures. Continue Reading
An overview of the Wisconsin state parks program history, budget, properties, and user fees. Continue Reading
With taxpayer funding for Wisconsin’s state parks slowly shrinking, parks are increasingly reliant on revenue from visitors, and donated money and time from volunteer groups. Continue Reading
A new report says that the overall economic impact of frac sand mining will be minimal, and cautions communities to consider the potential costs of mining along with the benefits.
Over the past two years, the increased demand for frac sand drove explosive growth in the state’s sand industry. Continue Reading
Competing studies are under way to assess air pollution from Wisconsin’s frac sand industry, and the author of one said current state law isn’t protecting people well enough. A separate study, meanwhile, will examine the impact of frac sand mines on water.
Nearly a fifth of Wisconsin’s 70 active frac sand mines and processing plants were cited for environmental violations last year, as the industry continued to expand at a rapid clip. Continue Reading
A brief run-down of the permits required to open a frac sand mine or processing plant. Continue Reading
The rapid growth in Wisconsin’s frac sand industry is slowing, thanks to lower prices and increased supply. The sand is still in demand, but people who expected that they could get rich quick on the state’s sandy soils may be disappointed. Continue Reading