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The Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center (part of the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources), along with partners from Alabama Power, Auburn University, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has been performing random sampling of the current mussel population in a section of the Coosa River that was cut off when Weiss Dam was built. The sampling data will be used as a baseline after river flow is restored to the channel for the first time in over 50 years some time in mid-2012 to early-2013.