Freshwater Mussels

What are Freshwater Mussels?

Freshwater mussels are bivalve mollusks just like oysters, clams, and saltwater mussels. Unlike saltwater bivalves, freshwater mussels live in our local streams and rivers. They provide valuable “ecosystem services,” or natural benefits, such as strengthening stream beds by keeping soils in place and providing food and habitat needed by other animals and plants.

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