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Placer mining or gravel extraction, and lead to increased sediment loading and decrease water clarity. Furthermore, hydromorphology is impacted by replacing coarse substrates such as gravels and boulders resulting in fewer invertebrate species.

Impacts of the removal of peat are increased sedimentation, increasing dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and phosphorus concentration, and decreasing pH values in the receiving waters (Lundin, et al., 2017; Ramchunder, et al., 2012). The leaching of phosphorus and nitrogen causes eutrophication problems into the watercourses or lakes and the load of solid peat particles causes silting of downstream water bodies.

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