Photos: The Nisbit sand mining site

Environment Alex Kolyer · ·

1 An excavator moves dirt at the Nisbit mining site in Saratoga township Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Developer Tom Rowekamp and his partner, Ivie Popplewell, began work at the 19-acre mine in mid-October after committing to numerous county environmental reviews and spending money to meet local and state regulations. 
2 Tom Rowekamp uses an excavator to build an access road at the Nisbit mine in Saratoga township Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. 
3 A mound of silica sand waits to be processed at the Nisbit mining site in Saratoga township Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. 
4 Ivie Popplewell points to where a road will be built on the Nisbit in Saratoga township Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Popplewell and his partner, Tom Rowekamp, began work at the 19-acre mine in mid-October after committing to numerous county environmental reviews and spending money to meet local and state regulations. 
5 Tom Rowekamp shows some grains of silica sand that were extracted from the Nisbit mine Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Good quality sand is recognized by its hardness and roundness. 
6 A posted sign designates the mining area of the Nisbit site in Saratoga township Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Developer Tom Rowekamp and his partner, Ivie Popplewell, began work at the 19-acre mine in mid-October after committing to numerous county environmental reviews and spending money to meet local and state regulations. 
7 The excavated side of a bluff shows the different layers of clay and sand below the top soil at the Nisbit mining site in Saratoga township Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. 
8 An excavator moves dirt at the Nisbit mining site in Saratoga Township Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.