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Recreation User Group November 14, 2018

The RUG received a briefing from Tonto National Forest minerals staff about proposed exploration activities in the vicinity of the trail plan.

Meeting #72 November 14, 2018

The Mayor of the Town of Superior briefed the CWG on municipal improvement and economic development initiatives for the future of the community.

Recreation User Group October 17, 2018

The RUG learned about Resolution Copper’s discussions with Tonto National Forest on incorporating the RUG Trail Plan into the mitigation program for mine project.

Meeting #71 October 10, 2018

The CWG learned about BHP’s Superior Soil Sampling Study, and about air quality controls for demolition of Resolution’s West Plant site.

Meeting #70 September 12, 2018

The CWG learned about drought in Arizona from Mike Crimmins of University of Arizona, and made its recommendations for Community Heritage projects.

August 8, 2018 Meeting #69

The CWG used public input from the past three months to develop cultural heritage concepts that the community can review and evaluate.

Recreation User Group July 25, 2018

The RUG approved a comprehensive trail plan (first phase) to be submitted to the Tonto National Forest for environmental review. This plan was completed as a collaborative effort of all major recreational stakeholders. It is shown on the attached maps.

Meeting #68 July 18, 2018

The CWG heard a presentation by Westland Resources about the historic resources documentation work they are doing at the West Plant site.

Meeting #67 June 13, 2018

Resolution Copper showed the CWG a video simulation of how the mine site will be developed and the subsidence that will occur over the life of the mine.

Meeting #66 May 23, 2018

The CWG had a working session to discuss Superior’s cultural heritage and priorities for historic preservation related to demolition of Resolution Copper’s West Plant site, and outlined a community outreach program that they would like to conduct to obtain broader input.

Recreation User Group April 11, 2018

The RUG approved a semi-final version of the western portion of the trail system established from field work, and viewed photos of trail segments.

Meeting #65 April 11, 2018

The CWG discussed progress on a historic legacy project and learned about Superior’s designation as a new Opportunity Zone.

Meeting #64 March 14, 2018

The CWG began discussing their plans to develop historic legacy recommendations for Superior.

Meeting #63 February 28, 2018

Resolution Copper Company presented their plan and schedule for reclamation of the West Plant Site including demolition of the smelter stack.

Meeting #62 January 10, 2018

The Community Monitoring Task Force and Southwest Groundwater Consultants discussed the results of well water quality sampling in 2017, and decided to continue the monitoring program this year.

Recreation User Group February 14, 2018

The RUG continued its review and refinement of the proposed trail plan and maps.

Recreation User Group December 13, 2017

The RUG heard a presentation from Westland Resources about consolidating and categorizing the proposed trails to be included in the plan.

Meeting #61 December 13, 2017

The CWG heard an update from Resolution staff on tailings sites and other alternatives to be studied in the Resolution Copper Project Environmental Impact Statement. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Truth springs from argument amongst friends. David Hume, quoted in Wall Street Journal

Recreation User Group November 9, 2017

The RUG worked on finalizing a map of the collaborative recreation plan.

Meeting #60 November 8, 2017

The CWG discussed the draft Recreation User Group’s comprehensive trail plan proposal and provided suggestions. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting. Buddha

Recreation User Group October 10, 2017

The RUG continued its work in developing a comprehensive trail plan, and agreed on actions needed to finalize the proposal.

Meeting #59 October 11, 2017

At this meeting the Tonto National Forest described the alternatives being considered for study as part of the Resolution Copper Project & Land Exchange Environmental Impact Statement. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance. W. Clement Stone  

Meeting #58 September 13, 2017

The CWG viewed preliminary visual simulations of the Resolution Copper Project mine site, examined the Apache Leap Special Management Area plan, and discussed other issues of interest. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. Leo Tolstoy

Meeting #57 August 30, 2017

Resolution Copper Company updated the CWG on the company’s social policies and programs.

Meeting #56 June 21, 2017

The CWG discussed internal business, reviewed its Annual Report, and planned for future meetings and tasks. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away. Elvis Presley  

Meeting #55 May 10, 2017

At this meeting, Tonto National Forest representatives provided the CWG with an update on public scoping comments for the Resolution Copper Environmental Impact Statement as well as an update on the Apache Leap Special Area Management Plan. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable. James […]

Recreation User Group April 12, 2017

The RUG reviewed and modified their draft recreation plan and made decisions on future direction for finalizing the plan.

Meeting #54 April 12, 2017

The CWG reviewed results of water quality tests from recent well sampling with their consultant, Southwest Groundwater Consultants, and Resolution Copper Company. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. Rene Descartes

Meeting #53 March 8, 2017

Resolution Copper Company provided updates and additional information about the recent hydrology and geology characterization of the tailings site and outlined plans for future testing and monitoring actions. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact. Arthur Conan Doyle  

Community Monitoring Field Sampling February 23, 2017

This was the first of quarterly independent well sampling event for 2017 conducted by the CWG’s consultant, Southwest Groundwater Consultants. Photos of the trip are included in the Gallery section of this website.

Recreation User Group February 8, 2017

The RUG heard presentations on recent recreation user surveys in the Copper Corridor and on requirements for Environmental Assessments under the National Environmental Policy Act. They also adopted Operating Policies.

Meeting #52 February 8, 2017

Resolution Copper Company provided updates to corporate policy and staff changes. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Truth exists; only lies are invented. George Braque

Meeting #51 January 11, 2017

The CWG reviewed a video animation illustrating development of the tailings facility, and were updated on installation of new monitoring wells at the West Plant site. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell

Recreation User Group December 7, 2016

The RUG heard a presentation by Forest Service representatives on the proposed Apache Leap Special Management Area Plan, and discussed trail proposals from Tonto Recreation Alliance.

Meeting #50 December 14, 2016

The CWG discussed internal business and made plans for their 2017 work program. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Oxford Dictionaries last month selected post-truth — “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief” — as the international word of the year.

Meeting #49 November 9, 2016

Tonto National Forest representatives provided an overview of the current Apache Leap Special Management Area planning process and discussed details with CWG members. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. Marcus Aurelius  

Meeting #48 October 12 2016

Resolution Copper Company representatives discussed issues related to the proposed tailings site including specific site testing activities and schedules. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. Albert Einstein

Recreation User Group Meeting September 14, 2016

The RUG reviewed maps of proposed trails submitted by group members and further refined their approach to preparing a comprehensive recreational trail proposal. They are now evaluating a larger area from the Resolution Copper Project tailings vicinity to east of the mine site.

Meeting #47 September 14, 2016

The invited speaker for this meeting was unable to attend. The CWG discussed the health and remediation studies synopsis and other items of interest. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: “Marge, it takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen.” Homer Simpson

Historic Preservation Task Force September 7, 2016

At the group’s request, Arcadis presented the results of structural engineering studies and environmental evaluations they have completed of the historic buildings at the West Plant site. They discussed specific potential rehabilitation actions and associated level of effort and costs. Necessary environmental remediation activities were also outlined.

Meeting #46 July 13, 2016

At this meeting, Tonto National Forest representatives updated the CWG on the status and plans for the ongoing Environmental Impact Statement for the Resolution Copper Project and Land Exchange. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. Winston Churchill  

Meeting #45 June 8, 2015

The CWG reviewed its third Annual Report noting accomplishments for the previous year, had a follow-up discussion of aspects of the filtration plant, prepared additional EIS scoping comments, and suggested topics for future meetings. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. Mark Twain

Meeting #44 May 11, 2016

Resolution Copper Company provided details of several project features including a filtration plant and pipeline/railroad corridor.   QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha

Recreation User Group Meeting April 13, 2016

The RUG reviewed a draft comprehensive recreation plan map and agreed to a modified proposal centering on the Apache Leap area.

Meeting #43 April 13, 2016

The CWG was updated on Resolution Copper Company’s remedial activities, and completed its Scoping Comments for the RCP Environmental Impact Statement.   QUOTE FOR THE DAY: The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde

Meeting #42 March 15, 2016

The CWG completed its discussion of scoping comments for the Resolution Copper Project Environmental Impact Statement. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Half a truth is often a great lie. Benjamin Franklin

Meeting #41 February 10, 2016

The CWG discussed, evaluated, and decided on a number of issues they wish to include in a scoping letter to the Forest Service for the Resolution Copper Project Environmental Impact Statement. The remainder of comments will be discussed at the March meeting.   QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Truth exists, only lies are invented. Georges Braque

Recreation User Group Meeting February 10, 2016

The RUG discussed coordination of proposed recreation plans with Tonto National Forest representatives. They agreed to review any potential conflicts among the proposals before the next meeting, which is scheduled for April 13, 2016.

CWG Recreation and Access Task Force Meeting February 4, 2016

The Recreation and Access Task Force met with Tonto National Forest representatives to follow up on questions and suggestions they had about the Travel Management planning and implementation process.

Meeting #40 January 20, 2016

The CWG received an update on the status of the Resolution Copper Project Environmental Impact Statement and reviewed preliminary visual simulations of the tailings facility from a number of locations. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Truth is strong, and sometime or other will prevail. Mary Astell  

Meeting #39 December 9, 2015

Tony Coggan of Truescape discussed visual simulation techniques, showed the CWG several examples and preliminary simulations of the Resolution Copper tailings site, and asked the group for advice on other specific viewpoints from which to prepare additional tailings simulations. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. Henry David Thoreau  

Recreation User Group Meeting November 30, 2015

The CWG Recreation & Access Task Force was merged with the new Recreation User Group at this meeting. The group discussed the status of their various plans with Tonto National Forest representatives Paul Burghard and Frederick Phillips.

Meeting #38 November 11, 2015

The CWG discussed the types of comments they may like to submit during the public scoping process for the Resolution Copper Project Environmental Impact Statement. Updates were also provided on CWG Task Force activities and on staffing changes at Resolution Copper Company.   QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Honesty is the first chapter in the book […]

Historic Preservation Task Force Meeting November 4, 2015

Resolution invited staff from Arcadis, their structural engineering consultant, to provide the group with detailed information about the condition of the smelter stack and associated buildings, highlighting costs and approaches for demolition or reconstruction.  

Meeting #10 October 24, 2013

Doug Dunham of the Arizona Department of Water Resources helped the CWG understand the states’ water resources supply, management programs, and regulations.  

Meeting #37 October 14, 2015

Ian Edgar, Resolution Copper Company’s General Manager of Studies, provided a profile of likely project employment over the next 30 years.   QUOTE FOR THE DAY: When in doubt tell the truth. Mark Twain

Meeting #36 September 9, 2015

At this meeting, Resolution Copper Company provided an update on regulatory permitting for discharges to Queen Creek.

Recreation User Group Meeting September 24, 2015

This was the initial meeting of a  number of regional recreation organizations who have projects and proposals that may require Forest Service review under the National Environmental Policy Act. The purpose of the discussions is to coordinate plans to the extent possible.

CWG Recreation & Access Task Force Meeting August 27, 2015

The task force reviewed the Tonto National Forest Travel Management Plan maps and made suggestions to be discussed with the Forest Service.

Meeting #35 July 8, 2015

This meeting included a discussion of the Tonto National Forest proposed Travel Management Plan. Forest Service guests explained the planning process and status of the plan, and provided maps for CWG review.   QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Learn what is true in order to do what is right. Thomas Huxley

Community Investment Subcommittee Meeting July 27, 2915

Resolution representatives briefed the group on meetings they had conducted with Arizona Community Foundation, which has made suggestions about how a fund could be established under their management to achieve the objectives outlined by the CWG for regional community support.  

Meeting #34 June 10, 2015

At this meeting the CWG discussed the release of the Forest Service Request for Proposal for the Resolution Copper Project EIS, general schedule, and  preliminary ideas about whether and how the CWG would like to be involved.   QUOTE FOR THE DAY:  Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light. […]

Historic Preservation Task Force Meeting May 13, 2015

At the initial meeting of the CWG Historic Preservation Task Force, members discussed some of the historic properties that may be affected by the Resolution Copper Project that the community is interested in targeting for preservation and possibly for cultural resource surveys.  

CWG Recreation & Access Meeting May 11, 2015

The task force discussed regional recreation plans and proposals and how they might be affected by the Resolution Copper Project.

Meeting #33 – May 13, 2015

This meeting included topics of interest to the CWG, including comments on a book they had read about copper mining. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. John F. Kennedy

Meeting #32 April 8, 2015

At this meeting, our guest was Grady Gammage, Jr., Esq., a prominent land use attorney, policymaker, water resource expert. Mr. Gammage provided a broad overview of water supply and history in Central Arizona, and answered many questions from CWG members.    QUOTE FOR THE DAY: By doubting we are led to question, by questioning we arrive at […]

Community Investment Subcommittee Meeting April 3, 2015

At the initial meeting of this subcommittee, members and Resolution representatives reviewed the history of Community Working Group discussions about community investments as mitigation for Resolution Copper Project impacts, defined the role and purpose of the subcommittee, and discussed various funding vehicle options.  

Meeting #31 March 19, 2015

This meeting featured guests from the Tonto National Forest who gave the CWG a very informative overview of the National Environmental Policy Act and the upcoming Environmental Impact Statement for the Resolution Copper Project.   QUOTE FOR THE DAY: Andy Rooney on CBS’ 60 Minutes put it plainly: “People will generally accept facts as truth only if […]

Meeting #30 February 11, 2015

The CWG’s guest speaker was David Brown, Esq. Mr. Brown is a well-known water attorney who has focused on rural and Native American water law.  He provided the group with a great deal of information and many personal stories about Arizona water issues. QUOTE FOR THE DAY: The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar […]

Meeting #29 January 14, 2015

Resolution Copper Company representatives led the CWG on a field trip to view the proposed tailings location on the Tonto National Forest. A number of Queen Valley residents also joined the group at the site and had many questions and comments.

Meeting #28 December 10, 2014

The main topic of this meeting was tailings geochemistry, presented by Resolution Copper Company’s Corporate Environmental General Manager, Rich Borden.

Meeting #27 November 12, 2014

At this meeting there was discussion of tailings spills in other locations, safety measures employed to prevent these, and specific plans for the Resolution Copper Project.

Meeting #26 October 8, 2014

This meeting was a visit by the CWG to the San Carlos Apache Cultural Center.

Meeting #25 September 10, 2014

At this meeting several new CWG members were welcomed, and Resolution provided an update on the rail line, water line, and monitoring well installation.  

Meeting #24 August 13, 2014

At this meeting CWG member Bill Vogler reported on his visit to the Holden Mine in Washington to learn about their remediation activities, and the group discussed possible community investment program options.  

Meeting #23 July 7, 2014

Dr. Chris Anderson, Rio Tinto’s Americas Director for Communities & Social Performance, gave an overview and explanation of some of the company’s worldwide community investment programs.

Meeting #22 June 18, 2014

Arizona State Land Commissioner Vanessa Hickman and Deputy Commissioner Jim Adams provided a description of the State Land Department’s mandate, responsibilities, and programs.

Meeting #21 June 4, 2014

The CWG discussed items of interest to the group, as the invited guest was unable to attend.  

Meeting #20 May 21, 2014

An update of the Superior Health Study was provided by Jennifer Botsford, Program Manager for Environmental Toxicology at Arizona Department of Health Services.

Meeting #19 May 7, 2014

The CWG learned more about the Congressional Land Exchange related to Resolution Copper Project from a presentation by Chris Horyza, formerly the Bureau of Land Management State Office Planning & Environmental Lead, and heard about mining claims and various mining laws from Al Burch, a former BLM minerals manager.    

Meeting #18 April 24, 2014

Resolution’s Casey McKeon provided an update on remediation and reclamation of previous mining-related sites in Superior, and the CWG explored the topic of community enhancements and fund management ideas.  

Meeting #17 April 2, 2014

Frank Deal of Resolution provided a ‘virtual tour’ of the tailings site and Vicky Peacey informed the CWG about the upcoming Environmental Assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act for site characterization.  

Meeting #16 March 12, 2014

This meeting was a field trip to the Resolution Copper Project mine site and tailings location, led by several Resolution topic experts.  

Meeting #15 February 27, 2014

This meeting was a work session to develop ideas for the types of community investments the CWG would like to recommend for implementation during the life of the Resolution Copper Project.  

Meeting #14 January 23, 2014

Vicky Peacey talked with the CWG about Resolution Copper Company’s practices and plans for community agreements.

Meeting #13 December 12, 2013

The CWG discussed its plans, schedule, possible meeting topics, and role for next year.  

Meeting #12 November 14, 2013

Nancy Wrona of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Don Gabrielson of Pinal County discussed water and air quality issues and regulations related to the Resolution Copper Project.  

Meeting #11 November 4, 2013

Vicky Peacey of Resolution provided the CWG with an overview of the proposed Resolution Copper Project Mine Plan of Operations.

Meeting #9 October 7, 2013

At this meeting Vicky Peacey described Resolution Copper Project water needs, sources, use, reuse, and regulatory issues.  

Meeting #8 September 26, 2013

An update on the status of Congressional Land Exchange deliberations was provided by Andrew Taplin, Resolution Copper Project Manager, and Ron Ober of Policy Development Group discussed the history of the land exchange issue.  

Meeting #7 September 12, 2013

Resolution staff provided a briefing on elements of the proposed Mine Plan of Operations, its relationship to public lands, and how the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) would apply to the project.  

Meeting #6 August 29, 2013

This meeting included a presentation on different mining methods including block cave. The CWG also reviewed comments on the tailings facility heard at an August 14 Community Forum.

Meeting #5 August 13, 2013

The CWG evaluated a number of alternative tailings facility sites according to the criteria they had developed, and provided recommendations to Resolution.  

Meeting #4 July 31, 2013

The CWG discussed tailings facility issues identified by members, by the community, and by Resolution, and developed siting criteria based on these.  

Meeting #3 July 20, 2013

This meeting was a field trip to the Resolution Copper Project mine site and other project facilities.  

Meeting #2 July 11, 2013

Resolution staff provided an overview of mining operations, tailings specifications and disposal requirements, and how the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) would apply to these.  

Meeting #1 June 25, 2013

This was an organizational meeting for the Superior Community Working Group at which members discussed their role, operating procedures, meeting logistics, and expectations.