Biologists say mussel population is healthy despite heat wave

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Mussels are indicators of water quality so they are doing well, it's a good indicator for water quality as well.



NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Biologists hit the water on Friday (July 6) to search for mussels in drainage ditches in Pemiscot and New Madrid counties. According to AJ Hendershott, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Outreach and Education supervisor, the group wasn’t just trying to beat the triple digit heat.
“The water temperatures were above human body temperature, which means the aquatic environment is tough to live in right now,” Hendershott said. “Especially considering mussels and other aquatic critters endure the heat of the water on a constant basis.”
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