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dc.contributor.authorChastain, Charlotte A.
dc.contributor.authorGolladay, Stephen W.
dc.contributor.authorMuenz, Tara K.
dc.contributor.editorHatcher, Kathryn J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-18T10:37:15Z
dc.date.available2013-06-18T10:37:15Z
dc.date.issued2005-04
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/47793
dc.description.abstractThe historically diverse assemblage of freshwater mussels in the Flint River Basin (FRB) has shown declines in abundance and distribution. The mid-reaches of the major tributaries of the Flint River contained one of the richest assemblages of mussels in the southeastern Coastal Plain. Declines in mussel assemblages were accelerated by the recent drought that occurred during 1999-2001. Following the drought, we surveyed mussel populations at selected sites in the major tributaries of the Flint River to determine if declines in abundance and distribution were continuing. Many populations of common, rare, and endangered species were stable in their distribution but exhibited declines in numbers. One survey site in particular, on Spring Creek, contains a rich assemblage of mussels unique to this basin, and surveys from this site also suggest population declines. Possible explanations for declines include poor water quality, loss or degradation of instream habitat, competition from the exotic Asiatic clam, and inadequate instream flows.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSponsored by: Georgia Environmental Protection Division U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Water Science Center U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Water Resources Institute The University of Georgia, Water Resources Facultyen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesGWRI2005. Poster and exhibit sessionen_US
dc.subjectWater resources managementen_US
dc.subjectFreshwater musselsen_US
dc.titleDistribution of unionid mussels in tributaries of the Lower Flint River, Southwestern Georgia: an examination of current and historical trendsen_US
dc.typeProceedingsen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameJoseph W. Jones Ecological Research Centeren_US
dc.publisher.originalInstitute of Ecology, The University of Georgiaen_US
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