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Service Lists the Altamaha Spinymussel as an Endangered
Date Posted: October 13, 2011The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is listing the Altamaha spinymussel as an endangered species, and at the same time is designating 149 miles of mainstem river channel in the Altamaha River as critical habitat.
The Altamaha spinymussel is only found in the Altamaha Basin in southeastern Georgia. Water quality in the Altamaha River has declined because of sediment from forestry, agriculture, and other land-clearing activities. Dam operations, water withdrawals, drought, and contaminants also have degraded the species’ habitat. The spinymussel has disappeared from the lower portions of the Altamaha River’s three major tributaries, the Ohoopee, Ocmulgee, and Oconee Rivers.
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