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  • A hand holding two orange/black mussels with gold plates with an identifying number.
    Information icon Appalachian elktoe from the Cane River. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Biologists return to pollution-plagued Cane River, making discovery

    September 12, 2008 | 3 minute read

    Aquatic biologists returning to Yancey County’s pollution-plagued Cane River made a surprising discovery recently – two live Appalachian elktoe mussels upstream of the town of Burnsville’s wastewater treatment plant which has been beset with problems. This marks the first time the endangered mussel has been documented upstream of where the plant discharges into the river. “The discovery is good news in that it highlights a trend we’ve seen in recent years of the elktoe expanding its range upstream.  Learn more...


  • Three biologists wearing wet suits snorkeling in a stream.
    Aquatic biologists snorkeling on the Oconaluftee River in North Carolina. Photo by Gary Peeples.

    Reintroduction of spotfin chub

    July 28, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The spotfin chub is an unassuming little fish – growing up to about four inches long, with an unimpressive appearance, save during the breeding season when males turn an iridescent blue on the upper side of their bodies. However, this tiny fish is on the federal endangered species list and one biologists are trying to reestablish in Western North Carolina’s Cheoah River.  Learn more...

  • A dozen people in waders engaging with the river
    Haywood County leaders exploring the Pigeon River. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Experiment looks at mussels in the Pigeon River

    July 7, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The Pigeon River, flowing from North Carolina into Tennessee, has long been infamous for its poor water quality. The source of those issues has been a paper mill in the town of Canton, and in recent years the mill has done much to clean up the water they put back in the river. The endangered Appalachian elktoe mussel is found in the Pigeon River, but only upstream of the paper mill, though there is hope that one day it will be found downstream as well.  Learn more...

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