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McCleur Mine


Bradshaw Mountains, approximately 8.5 miles southeast of Prescott, off Senator Highway, Yavapai County

Date Discovered:

July 1998

Impaired Surface Waterbody:

Hassayampa River; Unnamed Tributary to Cash Mine Creek

Surface Water Quality Exceedances for Designated Uses:

  • Cadmium (aquatic and wildlife, coldwater)
  • Copper (aquatic and wildlife, coldwater)
  • Lead (aquatic and wildlife, coldwater and full body contact)
  • Zinc (aquatic and wildlife, coldwater)

Affected Media:

  • Soil
  • Surface Water

What Are My Health Risks?

For Surface Water | Surface water quality standards are established to provide protection for a waterbody’s designated use(s) | Learn more >

ADEQ and AZGFD jointly publish fish consumption advisories | Learn more >

For Soil | There is little to no health risk unless there is contact with skin or ingestion of contaminated soil

For Groundwater | If you are connected to a Public Water System (PWS) there is little to no risk of impact from exceedances because the water is filtered through the PWS for residential and business use | View Drinking Water Notices >

If you have a private well in the vicinity of the exceedance, we encourage you to test the well water. Not sure what to test for? | Learn More >

For Mining Adits/Shafts | If you encounter a mining adit or shaft, do not enter it. The Arizona State Mine Inspector conducts inspections of legacy mines and implements safety measures | Learn more >

Site Summary:

  • Site was mined intermittently in late 1800s
  • ADEQ completed water quality study (Total Maximum Daily Load) for Hassayampa River in 2002
  • EPA and U.S. Forest Service completed a site remediation in 2004
  • ADEQ conducted water quality sampling that resulted in exceedances of surface water quality standards in 2016
  • ADEQ completed X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) soil sampling and analysis, confirmed soil metal contamination
  • ADEQ is collaborating with private landowners
  • Remediation contract awarded to Tetra Tech
  • Remediation work scheduled to begin in spring 2023