WisconsinSand.org is the online home of the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association (WISA) – an organization formed to promote safe and environmentally responsible sand mining standards, promote a fact-based discussion and create a positive dialogue among the industry, citizens and Wisconsin government officials.
Sand mining has a rich history in Wisconsin that dates back more than a century – in fact, the image of a miner appears on both the Wisconsin state symbol and the state flag. Companies involved in the state’s sand mining industry employ thousands in family-supporting jobs and are making significant multimillion-dollar investments in areas across Wisconsin, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in overall economic impact for the state and local communities.
As leaders of the state’s sand mining industry, WISA is focused on working cooperatively with state and local governments and others to help develop effective and scientifically based safety, health, environmental and land-use standards. Our members follow a mandatory Code of Conduct with strong principles and tough standards that guide the Association’s efforts to be a leader in fostering a healthy, safe and environmentally responsible sand mining industry in Wisconsin. WISA and its members will work to show that there are many positives when taking the right approach to sand mining. With a proper balance between sound operations, adherence to responsible regulations and good relationships, we can operate safely and protect the environment while generating significant economic impact.
We hope you find the variety of educational resources on this site helpful as you learn more about Wisconsin’s sand mining industry. For more information, please feel free to contact us or sign up to receive regular email updates.
WISA members adhere to a strict Code of Conduct, a series of Guiding Principles and Performance Standards that shape the Association’s efforts to be a leader in fostering a healthy, safe and environmentally responsible sand mining industry in Wisconsin.