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Jeremiah Haas: Here’s how mussels help fish in Illinois and Iowa’s Quad Cities area

Mussels, like this plain pocketbook mussel, and fish rely on each other for many different things. (Photo by Jeremiah Haas)

The Quad Cities has a long history with freshwater mussels in the Mississippi River and other local tributaries.
Mussels were first used for tools and food by the Native Americans that lived along these rivers. Then in the late 1800s, it was discovered Midwest mussels were perfect for making buttons. The harvest across the Midwest was impressive. Within a couple decades though, resources became depleted.

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