Mussels are a natural filter, cleaning up muddy water and allowing more sunlight into the water. A new hatchery hopes to raise a half a million mussels a year for the Delaware and Susquehanna watersheds.
This "underdog" of aquatic animals can filter up to 600 gallons of water per month. Working together, mussels can dramatically clean the rivers where they live. Now, Philadelphia is banking on just that.
Western Pennsylvania has rich biodiversity and large chunks of forests, but looming threats. A new effort will prioritize funding to save wildlife like brook trout and golden-winged warblers in key regions to restore forests and waterways.