CSP nets $5,000 to monitor frac sand mine water quality

The Crawford Stewardship Project will receive $5,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to help monitor the water quality around the Boscobel and Bridgeport frac sand mines.  “Citizen-Based Monitoring of Water Quality Near Silica Frac Sand Mines” was among 21 projects selected for assistance by the DNR’s 2013-14 Citizen-based Monitoring Partnership Program.

“We’re very pleased with the interest, variety and quality of projects proposed,” said Owen Boyle, who coordinates the Citizen-based Monitoring Program for the DNR. “Those receiving awards will contribute valuable information about Wisconsin’s natural resources, support many DNR initiatives, and will help stretch state dollars further.”

Through the Citizen-based Monitoring Partnership Program, the DNR works with community and school groups, conservation organizations and other agencies to gather critical information on plants, animals, water and other natural resources. Projects are selected through a competitive review process with projects eligible to receive up to $5,000 in funding per year.

“We are very grateful to the DNR for this award and hope that the data collected through our citizen volunteer water monitoring efforts will help to protect our beautiful creeks and rivers,” said Kathy Byrne, Co-Coordinator of the Crawford Stewardship Project.  

Since it started in 2004, the Partnership Program has helped fund 198 high priority natural resource monitoring projects statewide.

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