TVA Funds a $100K Restoration Effort to Increase Mussels in the Powell River

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

Knoxville News Sentinel — http://archive.knoxnews.com/news/local/the-powell-river-in-tazewell-tenn-gets-infusion-of-freshwater-mussels-in-restoration-effort-3e337426-396226791.html?d=mobile