Madeline Pletta (center), a mussel propagation biologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Ecological and Water Resources division, works July 18, 2019, with helpers in reintroducing black sandshell mussels to the Cedar River State Water Trail in Austin behind the Marcusen Park baseball stadium. It was one of three sites the DNR chose south of Austin’s downtown dam for transplanting mussels grown the past two years in Austin’s East Side Lake.

DNR transplants nearly 1,500 mussels into Cedar River

Black sandshells grown in Austin’s East Side Lake past two years

A DNR crew finishes planting mussels at an Austin canoe-kayak site.
Madeline Pletta, MN DNR
One of nearly 1,500 black sandshell mussels reintroduced to the Cedar River.
DNR’s canoe-kayak access at Austin’s Marcusen Park, one of three sites July 18 that received transplanted black sandshell mussels.

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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