Conserving Minnesota's Native Freshwater Mussels

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
U of MN
Recipient Type
Public College/University
In Progress
Start Date
July 2014
End Date
June 2018
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Though they are a relatively unnoticed group of species, native freshwater mussels are a critical part of river ecosystems because they provide a variety of important functions including improved water clarity, enhanced streambed stability, reduced downstream transport of contaminants, and creation of habitat for other aquatic life. However, mussel populations in Minnesota have declined in recent decades as a result of habitat destruction, pollution, land-use change, over-harvesting, and the introduction of exotic species. Researchers at the University of Minnesota are using this appropriation to conduct surveying and analysis to better understand mussel abundance, distribution, and interactions with habitats in order to guide efforts to preserve and restore native mussel populations and maintain the ecosystem services they provide.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2014, Chp. 226, Sec. 2, Subd. 05k
Appropriation Language

$350,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota in cooperation with Macalester College to document native freshwater mussel abundance and distribution, quantify environmental conditions necessary to conserve Minnesota's native freshwater mussels, and conduct outreach to local organizations and the public. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2018, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
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Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
U of MN
Street Address
2 Third Ave SE
Zip Code
(612) 624-4679
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