Mussel Introduction into an Urban Stream Environment

Introduction

It is widely recognized that freshwater mussels have the ability to filter stream water at a prodigious rate, improving water quality, and thereby potentially keeping local streams, rivers, and receiving estuaries cleaner. Within urbanized settings such as Reston, the possibility of utilizing mussels to improve both local water quality and that of larger receiving systems is quite intriguing. The basic issue and associated research question for this RFP is whether or not newly stocked freshwater mussels are able to survive (and potentially reproduce) in these urban streams prior to deploying a larger scale effort that would also measure associated water quality effects. This project is being conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Request for Proposals

Amount awarded to date: $148,675

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