Residents in Trempealeau Co. are voicing their concerns about re-routing a creek to accommodate a sand mining operation.
Allenergy Silica wants to change the course of Trout Run Creek, fill nearly two acres of wetlands with dirt, and build two bridges over the creek.
The company would use the area as a sand loading facility to transport sand from a proposed nearby mine.
The proposal for the nearby mine was shot down by a county committee in October and the company cannot re-apply until a moratorium ends.
However, Thursday's hearing with the D.N.R. was not about the proposed mine, rather changing the natural landscape.
Allenergy says it will allow them to keep hundreds of trucks off the road every day. "It would eliminate that impact of trucks, which is pollution, road noise, safety hazards, and wear and tear on county roads, and county budgets are tight," said Mark Riley of Allenergy Silica.
Residents are concerned about the impact it will have when it floods. "I do not feel that they will be able to stay compliant with their storm water permits and their water retention ponds," said a neighbor of the proposed site Noah Slaby.
Residents have 10 days to comment on the project to the D.N.R.
Comments can only be related to the sand loading facility, not about the proposed mine. After that, the D.N.R. has 20 days to issue a decision on the permit.