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Our river is ailing

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Our river is ailing

Chris Peltz, research coordinator for the Mountain Studies Institute, takes a sample of water flowing out of a mine near the Gladstone area north of Silverton. The water is being directed into containers that are filled with different amounts of biochar in sand/iron traps. Researchers want to see if biochar speeds the flow of water through the traps from where pollutants precipitate.
Water flowing from Bonner Mine near South Mineral Creek is rich in iron, creating the red-colored soil.
Water flowing out of the Bonner Mine near South Mineral Creek is what Chris Peltz, research coordinator for the Mountain Studies Institute, hopes to clean up. He is taking a sample of the water after it filtered through the biochar.
Jonah Levine, left, cofounder of Biochar Solutions, and Chris Peltz, research coordinator for the Mountain Studies Institute, discuss the amount of biochar to mix with soil and seed near the Joe John Mine north of Silverton.
Polluted water once flowed through the rock at Bonner Mine near South Mineral Creek but by diverting the water, trees and grass have begun growing.
The portal of the Joe John Mine north of Silverton is an area where the Mountain Studies Institute has been doing research.
One of the goals of the Mountain Studies Institute is to find a way to revegetate waste-rock piles, like this one, that scar the slopes of mountains where mining occurred.
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