The Status of Freshwater Mussel Research in Virginia,
VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INST AND STATE UNIV BLACKSBURG DEPT OF FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE SCIENCES
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In addition to the previously described mussel research projects in Virginia, the Tennessee Valley Authority TVA has undertaken a wide-ranging Cumberlandian Mollusk Conservation Program to a accumulate information on the present distribution, life histories, and ecological requirements of the Cumberlandian mussel fauna and b conserve or increase populations of these species in the Tennessee River drainage Jenkinson 1981, 1982. This TVA program has contributed greatly toward a better understanding of species status, water quality problems, and research needs for this unique faunal group. The attention currently being given to freshwater mussels in the upper Tennessee River system is unprecedented, and participating State and Federal agencies are to be commended for supporting conservation activities far beyond what is legally required. The success of a mollusk conservation effort will depend on public awareness, not of mussels in and for themselves but as indicators of riverine degradation and its effect on environmental health and recreational opportunities for man.