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Monday, September 14, 2020
Endangered mussels released in Green River
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
Frankfort, KY - In conjunction with the National Park Service, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources earlier this month stocked about 1,200 individual mussels into the Green River within Mammoth Cave National Park in southcentral Kentucky, in order to restore a federally-listed endangered species historically found in waters of the commonwealth.
Freshwater mussels purify water naturally, providing a vital ecological service. Mussels filter water as they feed, removing sediments and chemical pollutants from the water, thus improving living conditions for people as well as other wildlife species.
The rayed bean, a species of freshwater mussel, has not been found in Kentucky waters in more than four decades. The mussels for this restoration effort were moved from the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania because of a tar spill.
In return, the Center for Mollusk Conservation in Frankfort will be sharing a different species of mussel with Pennsylvania for additional research next spring. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife founded the center in 2002, and it is one of the world's foremost facilities for restoring and recovering rare and imperiled freshwater mussels.
Another 1,200 individuals of the same mussel species were placed in the Green River upstream of the national park.
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