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Freshwater Mussel Projects 

Freshwater mussels are one of the fastest declining taxonomic groups of organisms in North America, yet few consistently collected mussel-community data sets exist in Illinois. With State Wildlife Grant funding, we have collected baseline mussel data in conjunction with existing basin surveys on wadeable streams and other high priority locations in Illinois. To date, over 1050 sites in Illinois have been sampled and the results have been summarized in basin reports . 


-Big Muddy River
-Cache River
-Des Plaines River and Lake Michigan Tributaries in Illinois
-Embarras River Basin and Minor Wabash Tributaries in Illinois
-Fox River Basin in Illinois
-Illinois River Tributaries:  Upper, Middle, and Lower Drainages
-Iroquois River in Illinois
Kaskaskia River Basin
-LaMoine River
-Little Wabash River Basin
-Mackinaw River
-Mississippi River Tributaries:  North, North Central, and Central Drainages
-Mississippi South/ South Central Basins
-Rock River
-Rock River Tributaries:  Pecatonica, Kishwaukee, and Green River Basins in Illinois
-Saline River and Ohio River Tributaries in Illinois
-Sangamon River