Statement of Qualifications

Aside from the air we breathe, water is the single most important compound to the survival of mankind. Covering 71% of the Earth’s surface, it is vital for all forms of life. Only 2.5% of the Earth's water is freshwater, and 99% of that water is contained in ice (glaciers and icecaps) and groundwater. The relative scarcity of freshwater makes water management imperative to societal success. On Earth, water moves continuously through the hydrological cycle of evaporation, transpiration (evapotranspiration), condensation, precipitation, and runoff. Hydrology is the study of the movement, distribution, and quality of water. Tierra Group hydrologists, hydrogeologists, and hydrochemists are skilled in the following disciplines:

  • Climatology – Evaluation
  • Water Supply – Surface and Ground Water Exploration and Development
  • Water Balance – Inflow, Outflow, and Losses to a System
  • Storage – Retention and Detention
  • Distribution - Systems
  • Treatment - Quality

Tierra Group has applied its 100+ years combined professional water resources expertise consulting on, or designing and constructing, dozens of these structures on six continents. This geographic variety has allowed Tierra Group’s Team to develop expertise designing facilities under challenging climatic conditions, including:

  • Tropical Wet
  • Tropical Wet and Dry (cyclic)
  • Semi-Arid
  • Arid
  • Mediterranean
  • Humid Subtropical
  • Humid Continental
  • Coastal Marine

Tierra Group has innovatively adapted to these challenging environments using highly-trained professionals and state-of-the-art techniques and software to design water management systems, such as:

  • Supply Systems – Surface Capture and Well Fields
  • Dams - Tailings and Water Storage
  • Hydraulic Structures – Pipelines, Canals, Channels, Pump Stations
  • Treatment Systems – Passive, Active

Regardless of the climatic challenges posed Tierra Group’s broad experience, intimate attention to site-specific conditions, and keen focus on developing innovative solutions has earned us a respected reputation and loyal clients around the world.


Select Water Resources Projects

Big Ledge Mine

Tierra Group developed a water balance model to track flows into a backfilled pit at the closed Big Ledge Mine Barite Operation near Wells, Nevada. The Model was used to determine pipeline sizing to a remote treatment pond that is…

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La India Mine

Phase 2 & 3 Heap Leach Pad Design and Construction Quality Assurance Tierra Group provided engineering design services for the Phase 2 and 3 HLF and associated ponds and water management structures. Tierra Group provided CQA during initial construction and expansion and…

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Cove Project RIB Geotechnical Investigation

Tierra Group supported proposed Rapid Infiltration Basins Geotechnical Investigation at Au-reka Gold Corporation’s Cove Project in Nevada. Investigation included borehole drilling, test pits, infiltration testing and permeability testing.

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Rhyolite Ridge

Tierra Group is providing water management and geotechnical engineering services to support a Preliminary Feasibility Study at the Rhyolite Ridge Lithium Mine Project in Nevada.

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Newcrest Cadia Tailings Stewardship

Tierra Group provided Tailings Stewardship Services for TSFs and water dams at the Cadia, Terfer, and Red Chris properties. Responsibilities included data/report review; identifying and assisting the client with managing risks, liabilities, controls, and reporting; evaluating progress towards GISTM compliance;…

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Sweetwater Mine

Sweetwater Mine Permitting Tierra Group’s Team began work at the Sweetwater mine in 1993 assisting permitting and developing tailings impoundment management strategies for the mine. We successfully designed and installed an innovative internal seal for repair of the mine’s damaged…

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El Diamante Hydropower Dam

Tierra Group conducted a Preliminary Site Assessment of a potential large-scale landslide near the El Diamante Hydropower Complex in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

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Buritic√° Tailings Stewardship & Cyanide Speciation

Tierra Group provided Tailings Stewardship Services for Continental Gold’s Buriticá Project in Antioquia, Columbia which included permitting support, Third-Party Review and construction and operations support. Tierra Group oversaw the development of a 2D hydrodynamic model to support the design of…

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Pierina Mine

Barrick Gold Corporation’s Pierina Mine in Ancash Department, Perú began operations in 1998. A progressive reclamation and closure plan began in 2013.  In 2015-16 Tierra Group developed detailed engineering designs for channels, sediment traps, two 45,000 m3 sediment ponds, water…

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Masbate Mine

Tierra Group performed a study of Masbate’s 12-Mt tailings storage facility. Services provided included a forensic study to determine the cause of seepage through an abutment and performed an independent safety audit of tailings management practices. A risk analysis was performed…

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Dam Assessment

Tierra Group performed a site visit and visual inspection of a dam to assess its overall condition and provide the Owner recommendations for continued maintenance, monitoring, and improvements. The assessment was a follow-up to previous work completed by Tierra Group…

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Cosmo Howley

Newmarket Gold’s Cosmo Howley Project Area (CHPA) is a gold mine in the Northern Territory (NT), Australia. An underground mine is currently in operation with planned underground expansion. CHPA contains several legacy open pits, waste rock dumps, and surface water…

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