Clean Water Superstar: Native mussels
January 02, 2017
Imagine you’re kayaking on a wide, slow-moving river. The water is clear and you look down as you paddle. The bottom is sandy with some gravel and rocks mixed in, but you notice that some of the “rocks” you’ve been seeing don’t look quite right. They are all about the same size, slightly cracked, and have a bit of what looks like algae growing out of the cleft. You drift closer to the shore and as the water gets shallower, you are able to get a better look and can see that these aren’t rocks, but native freshwater mussels, shells open to filter nutritious particles out of the water.
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Invasive Asian Clam Discovered in Vermont Waters
September 01, 2016
State officials recently discovered the presence of an invasive clam species in Lake Bomoseen. The Asian clam has been documented in surrounding regions like Lake George, NY, but has not been found in Vermont until now. Asian clams, like zebra mussels, are filter feeding organisms that can deplete resources needed by native species and increase algae blooms. They can also form dense populations very quickly, clogging intake pipes to lakeside homes, industrial water systems, and irrigation canals.
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