Mining, for iron and for silica (frac sand), has become a hot topic in Wisconsin in the last few years. I’ve created a guide, Mining in Wisconsin – state and local government documents, to help identify relevant government information. The page on metallic mining includes links to documents, digitized by the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, regarding two older mine projects, the Kennecott Flambeau Mine and the Crandon Mine. The page on silica mining has links to the home pages of many of the Wisconsin counties that have significant deposits of silica.
This guide is limited to Wisconsin state and local sites, but people may be interested in the web portal State of Minnesota Silica Sand Information, from our neighbor to the west. This portal is a joint project of six state government bodies: Minnesota’s Environmental Quality Board, Pollution Control Agency, and its Departments of Natural Resources, Transportation, Health, and Agriculture.
In an all-too rare event, the day my research guide went live, a colleague was able to use it to answer a reference question. What about your library–are you getting questions about mining? What other state topics would be useful to cover in a research guide?
–posted by Beth Harper, Government Documents/Reference Librarian, Memorial Library, UW-Madison, email@example.com