Freshwater Mussels

Freshwater Mussels

Reintroduction of Fresh water Mussels

One of the fun projects I was able to join was looking for mussels in the Cuyahoga River. Fresh water mussels are an important part of the river’s ecosystem. They used to be in the river before pollutants and industrial development negatively affected the river and its aquatic life. In recent years, there has been efforts to change the water quality and pollution in the river to reintroduce the freshwater mussels along with other species. Bringing back the mussels will enhance habitats and improve the water quality in the Cuyahoga River. They remove bacteria as well as provide nutrients for other aquatic life.  During my time in the water, my job was to look for mussels that are alive and see what the ideal habitats are for them. Most of the alive mussels were grouped together near shade. Resorting the balance of the river and biodiversity will create an immense ecological restoration. The mussels will act as filter feeders and contribute to the recovery of fish populations by providing habitats and food sources. 

  • Megan Spina
    Posted at 20:05h, 16 June

    Great work, Sylvia! Can’t wait to see more of what you accomplish!

  • Barbara Williams
    Posted at 20:48h, 17 June

    Such an interesting post! I particularly like that you were able to identify where living mussels thrive in order to understand their ideal environments. Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work!

  • Mariamar Gutierrez
    Posted at 13:10h, 22 June

    Amazing restoration work, Sylvia!

  • Mercedes McCullar
    Posted at 11:08h, 24 June

    I had no idea mussels grew away from the ocean. I always thought they grew in little tide pools. This was so interesting!

  • Austen Mastalski
    Posted at 15:19h, 24 June

    Ah this is so awesome you work here now!! I work at Acadia NP now up in maine! So glad you’re doing amazing!!!:)

  • Ashton Forde
    Posted at 22:05h, 24 June

    Great Job Sylvia!! It was a fascinating to learn how important mussels are