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Grant Awarded to Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Partners to Restore Freshwater Mussels

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and partners have been awarded a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s  Chesapeake Watershed Investment for Landscape Defense (Chesapeake WILD) program to restore freshwater mussels in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. The grant funds will support a comprehensive conservation strategy that includes restoration of mussel communities, scientific research, and public outreach. “Mussels are essential to the health of the many miles of rivers and streams in the Susquehanna River watershed, which ultimately flow into the Chesapeake Bay, said DNR Deputy Secretary David Goshorn. “We are excited to work together with our partners on this important project and are committed to improving freshwater mussel populations into the future.” The three-year project will involve collaboration with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania at Lock Haven, and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. Freshwater mussels have seen widespread declines due to threats including pollution, habitat loss, and competition from invasive species. As a result, more than 70% of mussel species in the United States are listed as threatened or endangered. Robust freshwater mussel populations provide beneficial ecosystem services. A single mussel can filter many gallons of water per […]

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