Impact of Silt and Clay Particles on Freshwater Mussels

Threatened and endangered (T&E) species considerations for Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) federally funded projects include potential impacts to rare plants, animals, critical habitat, and natural communities (e.g., streams, caves, prairies, karst). The objectives of this project are as follows: evaluate the impact of silt, clay and other mineral elements, particularly those particle types associated with transportation-sector construction activities, to freshwater mussels and study the mechanisms for such impacts; examine the effects of increased turbidity on mussel feeding and reproduction; investigate how different types of soils and minerals affect freshwater mussels, including identifying important thresholds of impact for each; and evaluate new and existing approaches that could mitigate the impact of various sediments from construction activities to mussels.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $600,000
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Missouri Department of Transportation

      1617 Missouri Boulevard
      P.O. Box 270
      Jefferson City, MO  United States  65102
    • Project Managers:

      Breeding, Scott

    • Performing Organizations:

      Missouri Center for Transportation Innovation

      Lafferre Hall
      416 S 6th St.
      Columbia, Missouri  United States  65201
    • Principal Investigators:

      Deng, Baolin

      Trauth, Kathleen

    • Start Date: 20210101
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240831
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01769435
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Missouri Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: TR202109
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Apr 14 2021 10:19AM