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The Wallowa-Whitman and Umatilla national forests are trying to prevent tainted water from two mines near Granite from flowing into Clear Creek, which has migratory and spawning habitat for salmon and steelhead and is also critical habitat for bull trout.

The Bluebird and Blackjack mines project also proposes to either move sludge from ponds near both mines to a new repository, or upgrade the existing ponds at the mines.

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