- USGS surveys top-producing aquifers for national groundwater studyPosted 15 hours ago
- Federal program preserves critical High Plains playa wetlands against cropland erosionPosted 2 days ago
- Heron Instruments’ dipperLog NANO logs water levels on small budgetsPosted 2 days ago
- Ruler and a rain bucket: Weather Service honors 125-year record at UConnPosted 3 days ago
- Six months after Lake Texoma fish kill, populations completely recoveredPosted 4 days ago
- New sensor captures intricacies of wetland flow; engineered wetlands could especially benefitPosted 6 days ago
- Study documents changes to Green River after 2011 flood below Flaming Gorge DamPosted 1 week ago
- Corn Belt in summer more productive than rain forests, according to satellite fluorescence measurementsPosted 1 week ago
Frack sand sediment spills into St. Croix River
An unknown amount of sand and sediment spilled from a Wisconsin mining facility into the St. Croix River and nearby wetlands, according to a report from Minnesota Public Radio.
A hiker spotted coffee-and-cream colored water in a creek flowing into the St. Croix and a DNR flyover linked the off-colored water to a holding pond at the facility. The damage to aquatic life isn’t yet clear but will be part of an investigation by the state with county and federal partners.
An increased demand for sand for use by energy companies in hydraulic fracturing has led to a rapid growth in sand mining in Wisconsin.
Read more at MPR News.
Image credit: Wisconsin DNR.