Patricia Popple is a retired school administrator and former teacher who lives in Chippewa Falls, WI. Since 2008, when a heavy industrial zoned frac sand processing plant was introduced into the City Limits of her hometown, she has been actively engaged in frac sand mining issues. Learning more about the industry, educating the public, helping others engage in activism in their communities, and networking statewide, regionally and nationally with other organizations and groups as well as assisting with the formation of Concerned Chippewa Citizens, a local group, and Save the Hills Alliance, Inc., a 501(c)3, has been her focus. She has been instrumental in working with others to provide information about the industry and encouraging others to become active in their areas through her homegrown newsletter, the Frac Sand Sentinel. Her work has brought numerous awards including the Earth Green Award by the Chippewa Valley Sierra Club in recognition of her environmental activism, The Wildflower Award by the John Muir Chapter of the Sierra Club, A “New People” Choice Award for leading and guiding for the common good of all, and the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice for the Senior Peace Award for her activism.