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Mussels To Be Released Into Bee Branch

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in cooperation with several partners will be releasing 25-hundred young freshwater mussels into the Upper Bee Branch Creek today. It’s all part of a state water quality improvement program and species restoration. Jared McGovern, river museum curator says the hope is that eventually mussels and other aquatic animals will populate the creek naturally. The mussels will be split into two groups. The first group will be placed in mussel rearing silos to track their growth and compare their growth to different water quality measurements collected throughout the summer. The rest of the mussels will be placed in pockets of 500 throughout the remainder of the Bee Branch. Young people from St. Mark Youth Enrichment and the Multicultural Family Center will be the first official “Beekeepers” who will take part in watershed stewardship programming. McGovern stresses that because of the coronavirus pandemic there won’t be a huge gathering of people when the mussels are released. He says the event will start at the Bee Branch location on 22nd Street at around noon. The releasing of the mussels will take about three hours.

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