Oysters, an iconic Chesapeake Bay species well known for their culinary, water quality, and habitat value, have a little known but equally impressive counterpart—freshwater mussels. This bivalve was historically ubiquitous in upper portions of the watershed but has become scarcer as water quality degrades. They’re also an indicator species—the canary in the coal mine—for stream health.
Prepare to be amazed at the lifecycle, survival strategies, and filtering capacity of mussels. Joe Wood, Ph.D. and Senior Scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, shares the most up-to-date research on this remarkable species and its untapped potential to improve stream health and water quality throughout the Bay.
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