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Planning and Zoning to Finish Work on Frac Sand Ordinance

The Winneshiek County Protectors are pleased to report that the County Planning and Zoning Commission has proposed changes in the current land use ordinance which will protect our bluffs, streams, roads and bridges from the frac sand mining rush. You can find the ordinance on the Winneshiek County web site at:,   the homepage’s heading, […]

Donate Today to Help the WCP Protect our Resources

The Winneshiek County Protectors are in need of your financial support.  We are on the home stretch to the passage of a solid ordinance by the county supervisors to protect the hills and streams of Northeast Iowa from industrial-scale frac sand mining.  Funds for professional and legal assistance, educational efforts, printing, and postage are needed […]

Fact Finding Study of Frac Sand Mining Completed

Monday, March 2, 2015 County Supervisor Dean Thompson and former Supervisor Dennis Karlsbroten made public their study of the possibility for and the impact of industrial scale frac sand mining in Winneshiek County.  An exhaustive and detailed study of the geology of the county as well as the experience of similar large scale silica sand […]

County Supervisors Extend the Moratorium!

On September 29th the Board of Supervisors voted to extend the current moratorium on frac sand mining permits to October 2015.  This extension of the moratorium will allow the Iowa Initiative on Sustainable Communities enough time to complete public health and economic studies on frac sand mining that will be invaluable to the county while […]

WCP is now a 501c3 Non-Profit

In September of this year the Winneshiek County Protectors was granted 501c3 status by the IRS.  Ultimately, this means that all personal donations to the Protectors are now tax deductible and we can also apply for grants.  Now, if you donate to the WCP you will not only be helping conserve the precious and unique […]

WCP Supports Local Control for Frac Sand Mining

Here is a great editorial from the editors at the Cedar Rapids Gazette that lays out the case for local control of the siting and regulation of frac sand mining. Cedar Rapids Gazette: Frac Sand Mining: Its fate in NE Iowa Should Rest in Local Hands Here is a story, also from the Cedar Rapids Gazette, […]

WCP Working to Preserve Iowa’s Monarch Butterflies

Free packets of milkweed seeds are now available at Java John’s, Decorah Hatchery and Oneota Community Co-op in Decorah. Winneshiek County Protectors are hoping Decorah area residents will pick up the seeds and plant them in their yards, giving the caterpillars a chance to feed off the milkweed plants. Donations boxes for free will contributions […]

18-Month Moratorium Passed!

On Monday, the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to enact an 18-month moratorium on issuing conditional use permits for frac-sand mining in Winneshiek County. The resolution states that the County Board of Supervisors can end the moratorium prior to the 18-month term or extend it if requested studies and legislation are not completed […]

WCP Proposed Silica Sand Ordinance

Read for yourself the ordinances the WCP has proposed to the Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors: Proposed Silica Sand Ordinance Or read the summary of the overlays proposed in the WCP ordinance.  The overlays are in effect siting and location prohibitions for where silica sand mines cannot be located. Summary of Overlays  

SUCCESS! Planning & Zoning Recommends 18-Month Moratorium

On Tuesday, May 14th, the Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on the issue of frac sand mining in Winneshiek County. Thanks to an incredible showing by concerned citizens, the commission voted to recommend an 18-month moratorium on frac sand mining. The recommendation was presented to the Board of Supervisors on Monday, May […]