Help Delay Skunk Hollow Mine
Three local entities—the Green Lake Association (GLA), the Green Lake Conservancy (GLC), and the Green Lake Sanitary District (GLSD)—are joining forces to appeal a conditional use permit issued for Skunk Hollow Mine by the Green Lake County Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee.
Green Lake and its surrounding watershed—including Powell Spring and Mitchell Glen—are exceptional resources to the community that the Green Lake Association, Green Lake Conservancy, and Green Lake Sanitary District work tirelessly to protect. On behalf of these water resources, ecological treasures, and the community, the three organizations are uniting to appeal the Skunk Hollow Mine decision.
TWO WAYS YOU CAN HELP
On July 1, 2022, adjacent landowners were notified for the first time that a nonmetallic mine would be developed in their neighborhood. Six days later, the Green Lake County Land Use Planning & Zoning Committee approved the conditional use permit for Skunk Hollow Mine.
The GLA, GLC, and GLSD are not opposed to mining. They are concerned about mining here—one farm field away from Mitchell Glen and Powell Springs—two geologic gems in Green Lake County, Wisconsin, with unique flora and fauna, iconic groundwater-fed springs, and a 40-foot waterfall. These are ecologically sensitive areas that are highly affected by surface water and groundwater modifications.
These two springs flow into Green Lake’s only trout streams, Dakin Creek and White Creek. In recent years, the Green Lake Association has worked with the WDNR, Patagonia, and other partners to re-establish a brook trout population in Dakin Creek that has been missing for 70 years. Brook trout need clean, cool water to survive, and this could be jeopardized should the mine proceed. Ultimately, Dakin and White creeks flow into Green Lake, whose overall water quality is affected by what happens in its upstream tributaries.
Because mining operations at this location have the potential to degrade water quality—not only for neighboring water resources, but for Green Lake as a whole—the three entities are asking for a fair, thorough review in order to not sacrifice short-term gains for permanent damage to these tremendous ecological assets. Useful studies to assess the environmental impact of the mine could include impacts to local groundwater and surface water quality, potential reductions to groundwater quantity that would affect springs and drinking water wells, potential changes to water temperature in the streams, and the stability of the limestone bluffs of Mitchell Glen to withstand blasting impacts.
By making this appeal, the GLA, GLC, and GLSD are hoping to allow time for the proper studies to be undertaken before a final decision about the Skunk Hollow Mine is made.