Recently, VCSU students in the Fisheries & Wildlife program partnered with the North Dakota Department of Game & Fish to relocate thousands of mussels. They waded in the chilly waters of the Sheyenne River just below the Kathryn dam, a low head dam that is set to be replaced with a safer structure. Before construction, it was important to relocate the large number of mussels to ensure their health.
“This particular area is what we know of as the largest mussel bed in North Dakota,” Dr. Andre Delorme, professor at VCSU, said while on location, “and since they’re removing that dam, that’s probably going to release a lot of sediment, so we just want to get those mussels out there and put them somewhere else where they can thrive.”
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