Mussels are natural filters and clean local waters as they collect pollutants, including human pathogens found during sewage spills.
Wildlife researchers and D.C.’s Department of Energy and Environment are testing whether tiny freshwater mussels, which essentially act as natural water filtration systems, could help improve water quality in the Anacostia River. See video.
Biologists with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources are attempting for the first time to grow tens of thousands of mussels in a hatchery.
A freshwater mussel that’s found in the nation’s mid-Atlantic region will soon be listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.