Golden Zone Project, Southcentral Alaska (2009-Ongoing): The Golden Zone Project, located in the Chulitna mineral belt of the Valdez Creek Mining District in south-central Alaska, is focused on gold, silver, and copper. North of Anchorage by 150 air miles and 130 air miles south of Fairbanks, the 24,500-acre Golden Zone Project represents the most notable deposit in the southwest portion of the Healy quadrangle. There are both historic surface and underground workings at the Golden Zone Project. Exploration between 1936 and 1996 included 54,326 feet of drilling in 137 drill holes. The mine produced 49,169 grams (1,734 ounces) of gold, 267,990 grams (9,453 ounces) of silver and 19 tonnes (21 tons) of copper between 1941 and 1942. Exploration has occurred off and on since then and ongoing exploration by Alix Resources, Corporation hopes to result in development of new mining facilities.
Three Parameters Plus, Inc. (3PPI) began working with the Golden Zone Project in 2009 as they considered a surface water quality monitoring program to support future project planning and permitting. Sampling for the surface water quality program started in June of 2011. To date, seven surface water monitoring stations have been established and five sampling events have occurred. Three Parameters Plus, Inc. has also performed preliminary sampling for characterization of stream macroinvertebrates at three stations in the project area, and surface water discharge (Q) has also been measured at suitable sampling locations for the duration of our sampling.