Demise of mussels linked to SAV decline in Magothy

The Magothy River didn't look so good in 2006.

A 20 percent drop in underwater grasses appears to be linked to the demise of dark false mussels, an unusual species widely credited for a burst of good water quality two years ago, according to a draft of the annual Magothy River Index.

"The most interesting thing is what happened when the dark false mussels died out," said Dr. Peter Bergstrom, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration biologist who helps the Magothy River Association monitor the river. "We saw an improvement in the river that happened together with an explosion of the mussel population in 2004."  (The Capital)

At its "State of the Magothy" meeting last night, the Magothy River Association planned to discuss a five-year plan for clearing the water and increasing the oyster population -- including funding sources. Unfortunately, I was unable to make the meeting so can't report back. I'll update here when I find out more.

Want to help the Magothy and SAVs? Check both the CBF and Magothy River Association web sites for more info and ideas.

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