Non-Metallic Mining Information


18.21                     Conditional Uses
18.28                     Mining
18.34                     Non-Metallic Mining Overlay District
18.91-18.97            Non-Metallic Mining Reclamation
17.05                     Stormwater Management and Erosion Control

Regulatory Links             

Eau Claire County Code of Ordinances

DNR NonMetallic Mining Homepage

Admin. Rule NR 135

Application Materials

For Towns with County zoning administration (Brunswick, Clear Creek, Drammen, Lincoln, Otter Creek, Pleasant Valley, Seymour, Union and Washington), must first be rezoned to the Non-Metallic Mining Overlay District. Once a property has been properly rezoned to the overlay district, a Conditional Use Permit must be obtained from the Eau Claire County Committee on Planning and Development. The reclamation permit will be considered in conjunction with the conditional use permit.

For Towns without County zoning administration (Bridge Creek, Fairchild, Ludington and Wilson), it is not necessary to proceed through the rezone and conditional use processes. The reclamation permit will be considered on its own merits and may require a public hearing.

An application under the Storm Water and Erosion Control Ordinance is required regardless of Town Zoning status.  Please also contact your Town Government Official for information on any applicable local ordinances.

Rezone Application
     Eau Claire County NM Rezone Flowchart

Conditional Use Application

Non-Metallic Mining Reclamation Application
     Non-Metallic Mining Reclamation Checklist
     Process for Reclamation Plan Review

Land Use Permit Application

Stormwater & Erosion Control Permit Application



Eau Claire County Zoning Map

Eau Claire County Generalized Groundwater Map

Bedrock Geology in West-Central Wisconsin

Map of Permitted Frac Sand Operations located in Eau Claire County


Pending Applications


Permits Issued

HiCrush in Town of Bridge Creek (Frac Sand operation)

     Public Hearing Notice
Application materials
     Reclamation Plan Narrative
     Site Borings Map
     Anticipated Volumes information
Non-metallic mining reclamation permit
2013 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report

Amended Permit (August 16, 2016)
Amended Permit Application Materials (April 13, 2016)

High Country Sand in Town of Otter Creek (Frac Sand operation)

Public Hearing Notice

Application materials
     Reclamation Plan Narrative
     Conditional Use Permit
Non-metallic mining reclamation permit
2013 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report

Five Star Properties in the Town of Bridge Creek (Frac Sand operation)

     Public Meeting Notice
     Public Informational Meeting Statement
     Informational Meeting Notice to landowners
     Power Point presentation from Informational Meeting on 12.11.12
     Review Letter from 3rd Party Engineer (Cedar Corporation)
Application Materials
    Reclamation Plan Narrative    
    Amended 12.4.12 - Part 1   
    Amended 12.4.12 - Part 2   
    Amended 12.4.12 - Plans
Non-metallic mining reclamation permit
2013 Annual Report 
2014 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report


U.S. Silica in the Town of Fairchild

Application Materials  

Public Information Hearing
     Public Notice
     Reclamation Power Point Presentation (Prepared by Planning Department Staff) - June 2, 2015

Nonmetallic Mining Reclamation Permit    

Final Application Materials    

Introduction and Section 1.0 - 12.0
     Section   1: Table of Contents and Introduction
     Section   2: Site Information
     Section   3: Geologic Composition and Depth of Mineral Deposit
     Section   4: Surface Waters and Site Drainage
     Section   5: Biological Information
     Section   6: Aerial Extent and Phasing of Operations
     Section   7: Post-Mining Land Use
     Section   8: Reclamation Measures
     Section   9: Criteria for Successful Reclamation
     Section 10: Final Site Actions
     Section 11: Financial Assurance
     Section 12: References

Appendix A - Reclamation Plan Checklist
Appendix B - Parcels Within 660 feet of the Site
Appendix C - Soil Boring and Monitoring Wells Info
Appendix D - Wisconsin Historical Society
Appendix E - Fairchild Site Soil Information
Appendix F - Pump Test Technical Memo
Appendix G - Water Monitoring Plan
Appendix G2 - Water Analytical Summary Table
Appendix H - Groundwater Model Technical Memo
Appendix I  - Wetland Delineation Report
Appendix J - Central Sand Plains Species of Conservation Need
Appendix K - Lake Reclamation Technical Memo
Appendix L - Plant and Mine Water Management Phasing
Appendix M - Ag. and Prairie Reclamation Technical Memo


Documents/Reference Materials

DNR Reclamation Manual

Frac Sand Mining Fact Sheet

Eau Claire County Moratorium

Land Conservation Silica Sand Mining Policy

Department of Planning and Development Recommendations

Eau Claire City/County Health Dept. Final Report to County Board 3/23/12


Local, State and Federal contacts