Ecosystem Services Provided by Freshwater Mussels: Impacts on Water Quality and Public Awareness

North Carolina State University

This project will quantify pollutant removal by native freshwater mussels for improved water quality and will assess the public's awareness of aquatic ecosystem health and conservation issues.

Counties Impacted:

  • Orange
  • Durham
  • Granville
  • Wake
  • Johnston
  • Nash
  • Wilson
  • Wayne
  • Green
  • Lenoir
  • Pitt
  • Craven
  • Jones
  • Carteret
  • Pamlico

This project will enhance the scientific and public understanding of native freshwater mussels and the functions they perform in improving water quality for the citizens of the Carolinas."

-- Dr. W. Gregory Cope, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor




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