Montgomery & Associates

The documents listed below were authored by Montgomery & Associates.

This catalog has been prepared to summarize available information for selected springs and seeps in the Upper Queen Creek and Devils Canyon watersheds (UQC/DC). The springs and seeps included in this catalog were selected based on proximity to planned facilities as proposed by Resolution Copper (RC) for the Resolution mine project. The catalog was prepared by Montgomery & Associates (M&A) and WestLand Resources, Inc. (WRI) on behalf of RC.

Phase II hydrogeologic investigations were conducted at the Far West Site to characterize principal hydrogeologic units and structural features, hydraulic properties of units in the unsaturated and saturated zones, and the occurrence, movement, and chemical quality of groundwater. Hydrogeologic investigations were conducted in conjunction with geotechnical investigations by Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB) in support of the Resolution Copper Mining LLC (RCM) tailings prefeasibility assessment for the Far West Site.

This draft technical memorandum has been prepared to summarize hydrogeologic data and provide an assessment of hydrogeologic conditions and water uses in the vicinity of the Whitford, Silver King, and Happy Camp sites (Near West area) for the RCM Tailings Prefeasibility Study (PFS).

This tech memo has been prepared to summarize results of the Phase I hydrogeologic assessment of the Near West site, conducted by Montgomery & Associates in support of RCM's ongoing prefeasibility studies for storage of RCM mine tailings. The purpose of the Phase I assessment was to conduct non-invasive field investigations to supplement information obtained previously from published data and to plan Phase III investigations involving subsurface exploration drilling and hydrologic testing.

This tech memo has been prepared to summarize results of the Phase II field investigations of the Near West site, conducted in support of RCM's ongoing prefeasibility studies for storage of RCM mine tailings. The purpose of Phase II investigations was to conduct electrical resistivity surveys to assess the potential occurrence of shallow groundwater at the Near West site.

An investigation of hydrogeologic conditions for the Superior Basin has been completed by Montgomery. The chief objective of the survey was to evaluate the cause of recent water level declines reported for some wells located within and adjacent to the Queen Creek corridor through the Superior Basin, as well as observed declines in discharge from Whitlow Ranch Dam.

The goals of the baseline surface water monitoring program are to: a) Refine understanding of surface water  occurrence, quantity, and quality within the study are b) Develop a baseline data set against which future potential impacts from mining may be measured, and c) Support development of an EIS.

In February 2010, Montgomery published a report entitled "Interim Results of Groundwater Monitoring, Upper Queen Creek and Devils Canyon Watersheds" (M&A 2010) which reported all hydrochemical and isotopic data available through the second quarter of 2009. The current report presents hydrochemical and isotopic data collected since M&A 2010 was published.

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EIS Status - Feb 2019

  1. Proponent submits revised Plan of Operations [Sep 2014]
  2. Federal Register Notice of Intent to prepare EIS [Mar 2016]
  3. Public scoping period and scoping meetings
    [5 meetings between Mar-Jun 2016; comment period extended from 60 days to 120 days, closed Jul 18, 2016 ]
  4. Compile and review existing data
  5. Prepare project description and identify project alternatives
  6. Publish Alternatives Evaluation Report [Sep 2017]
  7. We Are Here
    Validate Baseline Information; analyze environmental effects
  8. Prepare Draft EIS
  9. Federal Register Notice of Availability of Draft EIS
  10. 45-day public review and comment period, with public meetings
  11. Respond to public comments and prepare Final EIS
  12. Federal Register Notice of Availability of Final EIS and Draft ROD
  13. 45-day Public Objection Period
  14. Resolve objections to Final EIS and draft ROD
  15. Issue Final Record of Decision

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Forest Points of Contact

Media & General Info
John Scaggs
jscaggs@fs.fed.us

Project Manager
Resolution Copper
Mary Rasmussen
mcrasmussen@fs.fed.us

Apache Leap Special Management Area
Apache Leap SMA website