Project Information

The purpose of this project is to identify and map the potential damage to the Hillside Mine waste repository cap in the event of a catastrophic flood. Due to recent changes in yearly weather patterns the possibility of a 500 year event is greater.

Arizona has been in a state of drought for fifteen years. The potential for wildfires is greatly increased versus years with average precipitation. Given that the Boulder Creek watershed extends into higher forested elevations, the possibility for fire damage on Bozarth mesa may also be a concern. Flash flooding is much more likely in areas affected by devastating fires.

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Plan View of the Mine