University of Wisconsin-Stout

Nov. 14, 2011

A panel discussion on sand mining, sponsored by the UW-Stout Greensense student organization and Sustainable Dunn, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in room 112 of Jarvis Hall Science Wing at UW-Stout.

Speakers will be UW-Eau Claire Professor Crispin Pierce, retired UW-Eau Claire professor Ron Koshoshek, Menomonie sand mine manager Rich Budinger and DNR water specialist Tom Woletz.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free in UW-Stout lots after 4 p.m.

Pierce is researching silica dust from sand mines. He will be accompanied by James Fay, a senior environmental public health major. Koshoshek helped negotiate the sand mine agreement for the town of Howard in Chippewa County and has extensive natural resources background.

Panel members each will talk for 15 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer period.

For more information, contact Linda Walsh, president of Sustainable Dunn, at