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

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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El Mochito Mine

El Mochito is an underground zinc/silver mine located in the Santa Barbara Mountains in north-central Honduras. Tierra Group’s Team has been providing Tailings Stewardship Services at El Mochito continuously for the past 26 years. Since 1989, Tierra Group engineers have provided…

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Hermosa Project

Tierra Group provided a Third-Party review of the Hermosa Project Tailings Storage Facility Design and Construction stages 1 & 2 in Patagonia, Arizona

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Ray Mine

Tierra Group is implementing a corporate Tailings Stewardship Strategy (TSS) at all of ASARCO Grupo Mexico’s mines in Arizona, USA (Hayden, Mission and Ray mines). Tierra Group conducted a site visit to each site to perform dam safety inspections, interview…

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Pitarrilla Mine

Tierra Group participated as a member of a multi-disciplinary project team to develop a Definitive Feasibility study for a 16,000 tpd silver mine in Durango, Mexico. Tierra Group's responsibilities included designing a 112 Mt tailings storage facility, developing a site-wide…

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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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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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Dam Low Level Outlet Replacement

Tierra Group completed a geotechnical investigation, which included overseeing hollow stem auger (HSA) drilling and laboratory testing, that characterized the existing earthen dam. Tierra Group completed a low-level outlet structure design that was believed to have been compromised by internal…

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Tajo Crimea Project

Tierra Group evaluated the Tajo Crimea Pit’s geotechnical and hydrogeological characteristics to determine in-pit tailings storage feasibility. The project scope defined geotechnical and hydrogeologic site conditions through field investigations and in-situ pump testing. Tierra Group developed a 3D groundwater model…

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La Trinidad

Tierra Group began work at La Trinidad providing heap leach pad construction recommendations and a water balance. Tierra Group continued support with a heap leach pad expansion design, slope stability analyses, hydrologic analyses, diversion design, liner design, and leach solution…

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Goldfield Bonanza Project

Lode-Star Gold, Inc., in advance of their proposed mining operations, submited a Physical Separation Facility application with the State of Nevada for their Goldfield Bonanza Project located in Esmeralda County, Nevada. The mine, located in the historic high-grade gold-bearing district of…

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Terronera Project

Hydrogeologic Characterization Tierra Group provided hydrogeological support for data characterization and developed a conceptual and groundwater model to evaluate mine water inflows and the associated groundwater drawdown due to mine dewatering activities. Water Management Technical Review Tierra Group provided a…

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