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A Rainbow Trout Rests Among Cobble Substrate in Panther Creek

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A rainbow trout rests among cobble substrate in Panther Creek downstream of Big Deer Creek, central Idaho. Panther Creek was severely damaged by heavy metals released from mining and milling activities at the former Blackbird Mine, and water quality in this section of the stream was acutely lethal to fish as late as 1985. USGS and other scientists compiled a 30-year record of recovery of the stream’s fish and macroinvertebrate populations.


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