More and more dialogue around the state is showing the deep dismay, and concern that taxpayers and involved citizens have with the sand mining industry. That industry wants to take our sand, ruin the landscape, harm the environment, and make lots of money for themselves while doing it! What is not to love about the idea?
I am very glad that more people are coming to their senses, and making their voices heard. Such was the case today in the Wisconsin State Journal.
During the recent sand mine hearing at the Bridgeport Town Hall near Prairie du Chien, many citizens shared concerns in attempts to protect the river, their health, their lifestyles and their families.
These concerns covered everything from air, noise and light pollution, to destruction of farmland and safety concerns over increased truck traffic.
Were concerns really heard? Extensive research is needed before the Bridgeport Planning Commission and town board can make a knowledgeable decision. What a responsibility! Their decisions will impact the lives of future generations of southwest Wisconsin citizens and visitors to the area.
Each year, Starsplitters’ astronomy club members volunteer many hours presenting astronomy programs and “teaching” the night sky at Wyalusing State Park. I’m apprehensive about the future of our astronomy events (potential light, air and noise pollution produced by a mine), but more importantly, I’m concerned about changes that will be forced on people and the loss of the outstanding natural beauty and serenity of the riverway if this sand mine is permitted.
It is imperative that in-depth research be conducted before making a decision that affects many people and future generations.
— Sharon Swiggum, Richland Center