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Apalachicola River Research Information Exchange
Monday, 30 January 2017

The 1st annual Apalachicola River Research Information Exchange was convened on Monday, 30 January 2017, at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge south of Tallahassee for the general purpose of exchanging information about the Apalachicola River, imperiled freshwater mussels, and their habitats.


1. Jim Williams – Welcome and round the room introduction of participants
2. Ted Hoehn – Review and status of legal action of FL & GA ACF Basin


Apalachicola River Habitat
9:45 AM Ted Hoehn – Historical perspective… sand in the system
10:00 AM Helen Light – Long-term changes in channel morphology and flow regime of the Apalachicola River with an emphasis on mussel habitats
11:00 AM Joann Mossa – Highlights of a fluvial geomorphic and mussel habitat assessment, middle Apalachicola River
11:50 AM Open discussion of future research and research needs for fluvial geomorphic and mussel habitat in Apalachicola River 12:00–1:00 PM LUNCH

Status of Mussel Populations in the ACF Basin

1:00 PM Jim Williams – Overview of mussel diversity of the Apalachicola Basin
1:15 PM Jason Wisniewski – Mussels the Flint and Chattahoochee Basins in Georgia
1:45 PM Adam Kaeser – Mapping the distribution and abundance of mussels and suitable habitat throughout the lower ACF
2:15 PM Jordan Holcomb – Monitoring mussels in the Apalachicola River
2:30–2:45 PM BREAK
2:45 PM Sean Blomquist – Potential impacts of Corp of Engineers update of water control manual on Apalachicola mussel habitat 3:10 PM Sandy Pursifull – Recovery options for Fat Threeridge, Amblema neislerii
3:25 PM Open discussion – Future direction for E&T mussel recovery

List of Participants


FWC-Gainesville Jordan Holcomb, Gary Warren, Jim Williams, Cayla Morningstar

FWC-Panama City Andy Strickland

FWC-Tallahassee David Cook, Ted Hoehn, Jeanne-Marie Havrylkoff

University of Florida Joann Mossa, Yin-Hsuen Chen, Carles Wu, Matt Deitch (Milton campus - by phone)

USGS-retired Helen Light

Apalachicola Riverkeeper Dan Tonsmeire

Georgia DNR Jason Wisniewski

FWS-Panama City Mark Cantrell, Adam Kaeser, Sandy Pursifull, Sean Blomquist, Maureen Walsh,

FWS-Ft. Benning David Caldwell

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Heather Bulger (by phone)

Appalachian State University Michael Gangloff (by phone)


For information about plans for meeting in 2018, please contact Dr. Maureen Walsh (



Last updated: April 17, 2018