RE: NANFA-L-- Ohio Eye Candy...

Subject: RE: NANFA-L-- Ohio Eye Candy...
From: Bruce Stallsmith (
Date: Sat Aug 21 2004 - 19:56:48 CDT

Sounds like a good day. Pistolgrips used to be very common (as were many
other mussels, of course) and-in-least in the Tennessee drainage they're in
decline. And what you say about bank erosion in the Big Darby sounds a lot
like the Cahaba River in Bibb and Perry Counties of Alabama. The banks are
being cut-in-a scary rate, with 20 meter trees leaning towards the stream-in-
crazy angles. The expansion of the southern suburbs of Birmingham has had
bad effects on pulses of water entering the Cahaba and its tribs.

--Bruce Stallsmith
still on the Tennessee
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>Saw a lot of mussels out on the Scioto proper and upstream on the Darby at
>Battelle Darby Park. Fox Riffle, for whatever reason, doesn't have that
>many valves laying around. Only really heavy relicts, so I'm guessing it's
>too accelerated there for them to survive the pounding on those rocks.
>Anyway... I was completely impressed with what mussel diversity that part
>the state holds. Finally saw a real pistolgrip. Holey moley. I did _not_
>realize how big they got.
>Big Darby Creek, Battelle Darby Metropark
>Todd Crail, Jeff Grabarkiewicz - 8' Seine, Perfect Dipnet
>7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, 84 degrees F, water temp ~74, ~30 JTU
>It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

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