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Aquatic Underdogs: How Mussel Restoration Can Help Save our Great Waters

  • 10 Feb 2016
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor Planning Commission Conference Room, Philadelphia, PA
  • 63

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Aquatic Underdogs: How Mussel Restoration Can Help Save our Great Waters

 

Danielle Kreeger

 Science Director, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

Associate Research Professor, Drexel University


Abstract:  Freshwater mussels are one of the most underrated and imperiled groups of animals in North America. Few people know much about them because they’re inconspicuous in our streams, rivers and lakes, and they are not yummy table fare like their marine counterparts, oysters, clams and mussels. But they have a fascinating life history, with long life spans and a tricky reproductive strategy. Since they are so sensitive to many pollutants and hydrological impairments, they are increasingly being used for biomonitoring. At the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, freshwater mussels have been embraced as a core indicator of the status of our freshwater systems. Our forthcoming revision of the Delaware Estuary’s Conservation and Management Plan will partly focus on mussel recovery as a driver for ecosystem-based restoration. Why?  Scientific evidence is mounting that healthy beds of freshwater mussels can help to maintain water quality, while also furnishing a diversity of other benefits to aquatic ecosystems. In this presentation, Danielle will summarize the status, trends and ecology of freshwater mussels in North America, with a focus on the Delaware River Basin. She’ll then review what we do and don’t yet know regarding their promise for water quality remediation in the Delaware Estuary and vicinity.

 

Speaker Bio: 

Danialle Kreeger is an ecologist with more than 30 years of experience working as a research scientist and educator.  Her main areas of interest are shellfish ecology, wetland ecology, restoration ecology, and climate change preparedness. She is the science director for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (a National Estuary Program) and also serves as associate research professor at Drexel University.


 

Engineers

This seminar does qualify for 1.0 Professional Development Hour (PDH). A Certificate of Attendance will be available on site for AWRA-PMAS members only. The meeting price for non-members who wish to receive a Certificate of Attendance for the PDH is $10.00 ($3.00 for meeting + $7.00 for certificate). 


Please note: all lunch orders will close by noon on the day before the presentation. In addition, all lunch orders will need to be paid for online by this time. We are unable to refund the cost of lunch or meeting fees because they are paid ahead of time based on number of registrations.


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