Doctor Mine


Location

The Doctor Mine is located in Clear Creek County near Jones Pass, approximately 12 miles northwest of Empire, CO, On Forest Service Road 144 (Jones Pass Road).

The Doctor Mine is located in Clear Creek County near Jones Pass, approximately 12 miles northwest of Empire, CO, On Forest Service Road 144 (Jones Pass Road).

The headwaters of West Clear Creek, Near Jones Pass.

The headwaters of West Clear Creek, Near Jones Pass.

Summary

The site consists of 2 adits, a mill foundation with tailings, a waste-rock pile, and an area of mine waste directly adjacent to the West Fork of Clear Creek. A portion of the site is located within a wetland complex. One of the adits discharged mine water over the waste-rock pile into the West Fork of Clear Creek. Mill tailings that were deposited near the mill foundation were eroding into the upper end of a shallow wetland. Additional tailings were deposited along the bank of the West Fork of Clear Creek. A mine access road composed of mine waste was constructed across the wetland area. The project was designed to eliminate or reduce metal loading of aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, and zinc. Primary components of the project were consolidation of mine waste material, contouring of mine-waste and capping, construction of run-on and run-off water control features, construction of geotextile-lined ditch to convey mine water across the waste-rock pile, and revegetation of disturbed areas. The lower mine access road that was running across the shallow wetland was removed. 

Read the Removal Action for this project here.  View a map of the project area.