Members of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ mussels team from Lake City place hundreds of black sandshell mussels on Oct. 6, 2020, in the Cedar River State Water Trail in Lyle Township. These native mussels grew up from being juveniles when placed in 2018 in Austin’s East Side Lake.

DNR transplants more native mussels into Cedar River

More than 3,700 black sandshells placed at Mower County sites

Some of the black sandshell mussels pulled out of Austin’s East Side Lake by the Minnesota DNR on Oct. 6, 2020, before being placed in the Cedar River at three sites in and south of the City of Austin.
Members of the DNR’ and the Minnesota Zoo place tagged native mussels Oct. 6, 2020, in the Cedar River State Water Trail in Austin near the DNR’s canoe-kayak access at the Marcusen Park baseball stadium.
Some of the juvenile, native mussels placed in July 2020 by the DNR in Austin’s East Side Lake to grow for possible placement in the Cedar River in 2021 or 2022.
A tracking tag is on one of the black sandshell mussels placed in the Cedar River State Water Trail on Oct. 6, 2020, near the DNR’s Riverwood Landing for canoes and kayaks in Austin Township.
DNR staff walk the Cedar River in Lyle Township on Oct. 6, 2020, while placing native mussels.
DNR mussel biologists walk upstream Oct. 6, 2020, in the Cedar River while placing tagged black sandshells in the water in Austin Township, south of Austin.

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.

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