More than 3,000 mussels placed in James River for restoration project

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Scuba divers planted about 3,700 mussels in the middle of the James River in Richmond. 

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation placed the freshwater mussels near Mayo’s Bridge last Thursday as part of a major restoration project.

Joe Wood, a senior scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, said mussels play an important part in ecosystems. Mussels can improve water quality, by filtering up to one gallon of water per hour. 

Wood said mussels have been threatened by pollution and other human projects, such as dams. 

The James River Association, which filmed the restoration process, said the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Fish and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service grew and planted the mussels. 

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