Ongoing surveys of the mussel population in Pennsylvania’s Delaware River Basin have begun to produce results that bode well for the health of the waterway. Researchers from the Patrick Center for Environmental Research in the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and from the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, who have monitored local waterways for more than 20 years, found several species of the freshwater bivalves living near Philadelphia. Their discovery was surprising — because mussels were long thought to have disappeared from the area — and extremely welcome, because the creatures have a remarkable capacity to filter contaminants from water.
Gallons of watereach mussel can filter daily
Species of freshwater musselsfound living near Philadelphia.
Percentage of speciesthat are threatened or endangered