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Mushrooms Clean Stream
Linn-Benton biology instructor Rosalie Bienek and Richard Arterbury of Corvallis, Ore., place a bag of mushroom spores into a drainage chute near the 9th street Coffee Culture Sunday afternoon Jan. 19, 2014 in Corvallis, Ore. A local group is attempting to clean the waters in Corvallis’ Sequoia Creek, and potentially the Willamette River beyond it, using an unusual tool: mushrooms. The process used by volunteers with the Ocean Blue Project, an ecological restoration nonprofit, is to place mushroom spawn and a mixture of coffee grounds and straw in burlap bags that mushrooms can grow in, and then place the bags so that water entering storm drains will filter through them. (AP Photo/The Corvallis Gazette-Times, Jesse Skoubo)