Freshwater Mussels of the Kankakee River in Illinois

Alison L. Price, Diane K. Shasteen, Sarah A. Bales

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Abstract

While broad geographic information is available on the distribution and abundance of mussels in Illinois, systematically collected mussel-community data sets required to integrate mussels into aquatic community assessments do not exist. In 2009, a project funded by a US Fish and Wildlife Service State Wildlife Grant was undertaken to survey and assess the freshwater mussel populations at wadeable sites from 33 stream basins in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)/Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) basin surveys. Inclusion of mussels into these basin surveys contributes tothe comprehensive basin monitoring programs that includewater andsediment chemistry, instream habitat, macroinvertebrate, and fish, which reflect a broad spectrum of abiotic and biotic stream resources. These mussel surveys will provide reliable and repeatable techniques for assessing the freshwater mussel community insampled streams. These surveys also provide data for future monitoring of freshwater mussel populations on a local, regional, and watershed basis.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherIllinois Natural History Survey
StatePublished - Mar 26 2012

Publication series

NameINHS Technical Report 2012 (12)
No.12

Keywords

  • INHS

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