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In this image, iron contamination is apparent in the Idaho Blackbird Creek, Lemhi County, Idaho.  Abandoned mining operations can leach iron and other chemicals such as copper, lead and mercury into nearby waterbodies. Mining runoff can be prevented if soil is properly replaced and graded, and vegetation replaced after operations are complete.

In this image, iron contamination is apparent in the Idaho Blackbird Creek, Lemhi County, Idaho

 

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