Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Tennessee
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Tennessee Project

Research directed at the recovery of endangered mussels

August 2006 - December 2010


Participating Agencies

  • Corps of Engineers

The objectives of this study are: 1. Determine the current status of endangered mussels in the Green River from the Green River Dam (GRD) downstream through Mammoth Cave National Park; 2. Determine whether modifications made to the discharge regime from the Green River Dam are enhancing mussel recruitment; 3. If deemed necessary, establish captive breeding populations of ringpinks, clubshells, and northern riffleshells mussels; 4. Determine various aspects of the life histories of endangered species present; and, 5. As necessary, make recommendations to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding further modifications to the discharge regime of the GRD, and the need to propagate endangered mussels.