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Conservation of native freshwater mussels as a program element of the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP)

(35 KB) 2006

Clam Chronicles – 2005

An account of activities associated with efforts to propagate and repatriate Lampsilis higginsii in the Mississippi River, Minnesota  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

(1.5 MB) 2005

Mike Davis, Minnesota DNR
Freshwater Mussels of Minnesota:  A Plan for Controlled Propagation, Reintroduction and Augmentation within the Mississippi River from St. Anthony Falls to Lake Pepin

Mike Davis, Minnesota DNR
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

(384 KB) March 2005
Status of Implementation of Higgins Eye Pearlymussel (Lampsilis higginsi) Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives and Reasonable and Prudent Measures, and Winged Mapleleaf (Quadrula fragosa) Reasonable and Prudent Measures


Mussel Coordination Team

(1.9 MB) November 2005
Winged Mapleleaf Mussel Early Life History Investigations Conducted by the U.S. Department of the Interior in FY 2004

(565 KB) April 2005

Mark Steingraeber, Michelle Bartsch, John Kalas, Teresa Newton

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey
Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Winged Mapleleaf Mussel Early Life History Investigations Conducted by the U.S. Department of the Interior in FY 2004

Distribution and Density of Zebra Mussel Veligers at Sites in the Upper
Mississippi River System and its Major Tributaries, 2004


Mark D. Farr and Mark D. Antwine

(226 KB) July 2005

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
Environmental Laboratory
Vicksburg, Mississippi

Zebra Mussel Veligers at Sites in the Upper

Fish Lines
Mussel Recovery Underway in the Upper Mississippi River
-A Partnership in Action


(1.5 MB) Vol. 3, No. 3 2005
Region 3 - Great Lakes/
Leadership in Conserving, Enhancing,
Aquatic Ecosystems

Final Report: Mussel (Bivalvia: Unionidae) survey of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area Corridor, 2000-01

(5.1 MB) July 2002
Dan Kelner and Mike Davis
Minnesota Department
Services Division

Conservation Plan for Freshwater Mussels
of the Upper Mississippi River System


(1.1 MB) May 2004
Mussel Ad Hoc Committee
of the
Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee

Conservation Plan for Freshwater Mussels
Higgins Eye Pearlymussel
(Lampsilis higginsii)
Recovery Plan: First Revision


(3.0 MB) May 2004
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Great Lakes/Big Rivers Region
Ft. Snelling, Minnesota
Annual Report: Quantitative Assessment of Zebra Mussels (Dreissena polymorpha, Pallas, 1771)in the Lower St. Croix River at Native Mussels Beds

(368 KB) December 2004
National Park Service, St. Croix National Scenic Riverway St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin
Final Biological Opinion for the Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway System Navigation Feasibility Study

(1.1 MB) August 2004
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rock Island Field Office, Rock Island, Illinois Marion Suboffice, Marion, Illinois Twin Cities Field Office, Bloomington, Minnesota
Lampsilis higginsii recovery project
Genoa National Fish Hatchery


(323 KB) January 2004
Roger Gordon and Tony Brady
Genoa National Fish Hatchery
Lampsilis higginsii recovery project Genoa National Fish Hatchery
Genetic variability and geographic structure of
Lampsilis higginsii mussels in the upper Mississippi River and tributaries


(318 KB) September 2004
Bonnie Bowen
Mississippi River Between the Missouri River
and Minneapolis, 9-Foot Channel Project -
Measures for Managing Zebra Mussels
Reconnaissance Report


(1.5 MB) August 2003
St. Paul District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Summary of Zebra Mussel Monitoring Efforts for the Upper Mississippi River, 2001 through 2003

(506 KB) June 2004
Elliott Stefanik
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District
Plan for Controlled Propagation, Augmentation, and Reintroduction of Winged Mapleleaf (Quadrula fragosa)

(89 KB) April 2004
Twin Cities Field Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Measures for Managing Zebra Mussels in the Upper Mississippi River Navigation System: Federal Interest Assessment

(82 KB) May 2003
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District
COE zebra mussel study
Saving the Higgins' Eye Pearlymussel
(Lampsilis higginisii) from Extinction:
2002 Status Report on the Accomplishments
of the Mussel Coordination Team
(5.6 MB) April 2003
Mussel Coordination Team
Mussel Coordination Team 2002 Status Report
2003 Action Plan for the Lower St. Croix River
(104 KB) May 2003
St. Croix Zebra Mussel Task Force
Fish Host Identification for Glochidia of the Endangered Winged Mapleleaf Mussel
(Quadrula fragosa) at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
(24 KB) February 2003
Pam Thiel
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Dr. Teresa Newton
Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
UMR Mussel Species Distribution
(135 KB) 2003
Dan Kelner
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District
Progress Report on Genetic Study of
Lampsilis higginsii

(222 KB) February 2003
Bonnie Bowen
Iowa State University

Progress report on genetic study of Lampsilis higginsii
Definite Project Report and Environmental Assessment for Relocation Plan for the Endangered Higgins’ Eye Pearlymussel
(Lampsilis higginsii),
Upper Mississippi river and Tributaries,
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois

(2.5 MB) July 2002
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mussel Coordination Team
Lampsilis higginsii relocation study area
Freshwater Mussels of Iowa
(147 KB) 2002
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Environmental Protection Agency
Cedar Valley Resource
Conservation and Development

Freshwater Mussels of Iowa
Propagation and Restoration
of Higgins' Eye Pearlymussels in the Upper Mississippi River Basin:
Partnership Efforts and Achievements in 2000-2001

(2.9 MB) June 2002
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Fishery Resource Office
Onalaska, Wisconsin
Propagation and Restoration of Higgins'' Eye Pearlymussels in the Upper Mississippi River Basin: Partnership Efforts and Achievements in 2000-2001
Saving the Higgins' Eye Pearlymussel
(3.6 MB) May 2001
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Saving the Higgins' Eye Pearlymussel
An Historical Analysis of Mussel Propagation
and Culture: Research Performed at the Fairport Biological Station

(37.6 MB) December 2001
James Pritchard
Clear Creek Historical Research
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Rock Island District
An Historical Analysis of Mussel Propagation and Culture: Research Performed at the Fairport Biological Station Clear Creek Historical Research
Native Mussel Extinctions? Not on OUR Watch!!
Upper Mississippi River
Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem Team
(102 KB) February 2001
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
USFWS Fact Sheet
Operational Procedures and Techniques
for the Artificial Infestation of Lampsilis higginisii
(1.8 MB) August 2001
Roger Gordon
Genoa, Wisconsin
A Call for Actions Needed to Help Prevent the Extinction of Mussels on the Upper Mississippi River System: Saving the Federally-Endangered Higgins’ Eye Pearlymussel (Lampsilis higginsii) and Endangered Winged Mapleleaf Mussel (Quadrula fragosa)

(105 KB) February 2001
Upper Mississippi River Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem Team
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Propagation of the Federally Endangered Higgins’ eye Pearlymussel (Lampsilis higginsii) at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery as a Survival Strategy
(571 KB) October 2000
Kurt Welke
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Todd Turner, Roger Gordon
Valerie Hyde, Pam Thiel
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Propagation of the Federally Endangered Higgins’ eye pearlymussel (Lampsilis higginsii) at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery as a Survival Strategy
Native Freshwater Mussels of the Upper Mississippi River System
(376 KB) July 2000
Marian Havlik
Malacological Consultants

Jennifer Sauer
Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center

Native Freshwater Mussels of the Upper Mississippi River System
Upper Mississippi River 9-Foot Channel Project
Operation and Maintenance
- Section 7 Consultation -
Higgins' Eye Pearlymussel
(143 KB)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Upper Mississippi River 9-Foot Channel: Higgins' Eye Pearlymussel
Upper Mississippi River Operation and Maintenance
- Section 7 Consultation -
Winged Mapleleaf Mussel
(56 KB)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Upper Mississippi River 9-Foot Channel: Winged mapleleaf
La Crosse Fishery Resource Office
Mussel Conservation Activities
(30 KB) 2000
Great Lakes-Big Rivers Fishery Program
Freshwater Mussels. Chapter 11 In:
Ecological Status and Trends of the
Upper Mississippi River System 1998
:
A Report of the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program
(380 KB) 1998
John Tucker
Illinois Natural History Survey

Charles Theiling
U.S. Geological Survey
Ecological Status and Trends of the Upper Mississippi River System 1998
Biological Opinion for the Operation and Maintenance of the 9-Foot Navigation Channel
on the Upper Mississippi River System
(571 KB) April 2000
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Relocating the Endangered Higgins' eye Pearlymussel in the
Upper Mississippi River System
(302 KB)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Strategy for the Conservation of
Native Freshwater Mussels
(116 KB) 1997
National Native Mussel Conservation Committee
Winged Mapleleaf Mussel (Quadrula fragosa) Recovery Plan
(20.9 MB) 1997
Winged Mapleleaf Mussel Recovery Team
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Zebra Mussel Mania Teachers Guide - Grades 5 and 6
(2.8 MB) 1996
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program
Illinois Rivers Project
A Recovery Plan for the Fat Pocketbook Pearly Mussel
Potamilus capax (Green 1832)
(2.1 MB) 1989
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
A Strategic Plan for the Management of the
Freshwater Mussel Resource of the Upper Mississippi River
(15.9 MB) 1987
Mussel Management Committee - Fish Technical Section
Upper Mississippi Conservation Committee
A Strategic Plan for the Management of the Freshwater Mussel Resource of the Upper Mississippi River

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