A chemical spill, innovative science and a Mcdonald’s parking lot:
The Upper Tennessee River Mussel Recovery Group recently completed a new 10-year strategic plan for increasing populations of rare mussel species in two critical sections of the Clinch-Powell River system. Thriving freshwater mussel populations are the foundation of a clean and healthy river system. The work to restore these populations has important benefits for people and nature. A copy of the plan can be found here.
A new $100K restoration effort to increase populations of native freshwater mussels in the Powell River system is now officially underway following the first mussel release, which took place on October 6. Students from Lincoln Memorial University helped with the first mussel release. The program is being led by The Nature Conservancy and funded by The Tennessee Valley Authority, with additional assistance provided by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Virginia Tech University. More information on the project can be found at the following links:
Nature Conservancy Media Release — http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/virginia/newsroom/new-effort-underway-to-increase-native-mussel-populations-in-virginia-and-te.xml
WBIR-Knoxville Television — http://www.wbir.com/news/local/mussels-released-to-help-grow-population/329713059