Staff with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plant about 3,300 native juvenile mussels July 2, 2020, in Austin’s East Side Lake (a dammed stretch of Dobbins Creek). This project is part of the DNR’s mussels propagation program for the Cedar River and two other watersheds in Minnesota.

DNR to survey Dobbins for mussels

Nature center’s Friends nonprofit gives $5,000 grant for project

Some of the nearly 1,500 black sandshell mussels transplanted in July 2019 from growing in East Side Lake to being placed in three sites on the Cedar River State Water Trail in Mower County.
MN DNR staff hold some of the nearly 1,500 black sandshell mussels they transplanted in July 2019 in three sites on Mower County’s Cedar River State Water Trail. They had grown in East Side Lake for two years.
Pletta (center) works in July 2019 with volunteer Erin Johnson (left), an Austin educator, and a fellow DNR staffer to transplant mussels in the Cedar River.
Dozens of the nearly 3,300 juvenile native mussels planted July 2, 2020, by the MN DNR in East Side Lake.
Madeline Pletta of MN DNR talks Nov. 5, 2019, about mussels at Austin’s Jay C. Hormel Nature Center for a public presentation.
Pletta talks about mussels in December 2018 at an assembly at Austin’s I.J. Holton Intermediate School.

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.