We are concerned about the impact of large-scale industrial mining of silica sand upon:


  • Roads and bridges in Winneshiek County as a result of increased traffic of heavy trucks

Public Health

  • water quality in private wells, groundwater, and aquifers;
  • air quality resulting from airborne silica particles as well as diesel exhaust and road dust caused by heavy truck traffic

Economic Activity

  • tourism, based on the beauty of our bluffs
  • river-related recreational activities, such as trout fishing and canoeing, which earn $35 million a year in Winneshiek County and its two neighboring counties
  • other recreational activities, e.g. hiking, jogging, and biking on county and city trails


Winneshiek County trails photo

Family members enjoying Winneshiek County
Photo courtesy of Lynne Zotalis