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Keeping It Simple: Easy Ways to Help Wildlife Along Roads

Piece of cloth protects mussel habitat

Upstream and downstream of Crooked Creek Bridge, on Ferrell Bridge Road in Franklin County, North Carolina, beds of federally-listed as endangered dwarf-wedge mussels were undisturbed during and after bridge replacement. North Carolina Department of Transportation workers removed the bridge in sections to keep debris out of the water. At the end of each day's construction, they spread filter fabric over the fill dirt of the bridge approach roads, to control erosion and keep sediment from washing into the creek and onto the mussel beds. The simple technique worked, and the mussels are still there.
--Apr 25, 2003

Phil Harris, (919) 715-1384 or

Dwarf wedge mussel
Photo by John Alderman
Dwarf wedge mussel

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