Status Report on the Tennessee Valley Authority Cumberlandian Mollusk Conservation Program,
TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY MUSCLE SHOALS ALA
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The Cumberlandian Mollusk Conservation Program CMCP is still in existence and is beginning to accomplish its purposes. Many of the research phase activities are nearing completion, and the conservation phase activities are taking shape. Current mussel populations have been assessed, some fish hosts have been identified, and an artificial culture medium has been rediscovered. The large and varied data sets that have been collected have been used to select transplant sites for Conradilla caelata, are in the process of being used to characterize and enhance mussel habitats, and are available for other ecological analyses. Much of this information is being assembled in reports which, in the near future, will be available to interested malacologists and many others. This program has been successful so far because it has been a rare blending of competent people, good ideas, adequate funding, and luck. Lets hope the components stay together until the job is completed.